ARDMORE, Okla. - What started as a goal to advance personally and professionally has turned into a full blown team-driven campaign within the nursing department at Mercy Hospital Ardmore. Chief Nursing Officer, Rhonda Hanan, registered nurse, has spent the past several years developing standards of nursing care in southern Oklahoma. She has recently been appointed president-elect of the Oklahoma Organization of Nursing Executives (OONE) - part of the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
In this role, Hanan will serve on the board of directors and long-range planning committee which allows her to make decisions benefiting nursing on statewide level as changes to nursing rules and regulations are governed by this group. OONE’s main purpose is to enhance the quality of patient care throughout the entire state.
“We currently have 23 nurses that have recently attained, or are nearing completion of, advanced degrees and certifications. I am so proud of our nursing team members that have taken steps to further their education and patient care commitment,” said Mindy Burdick, president of Mercy Hospital Ardmore. “It is important for our southern Oklahoma residents to know that Mercy’s nurses are taking the initiative to go above and beyond.”
Many of Mercy Hospital Ardmore’s nurses are taking steps to further the professional practice of nursing. In fact, 7 percent of the nursing staff holds a masters degree with that number increasing by the end of 2013 with another eight nurses are on track to graduate. This exceeds the state average of 6 percent. National statistics say only 24,311 nurses in the U.S. have a Masters degree. Furthermore, approximately 60 percent of the nursing leadership team has or is currently seeking higher degree levels from Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) to masters level nursing degrees. Currently numerous nursing team members have attained national certifications in palliative care, intensive care nursing, case management and maternal and child health.
Not only is Ardmore's nursing team taking strides to grow, but many other hospital departments have team members that have taken the initiative to pursue advanced degrees and certifications that are not required, but obtained in order to promote and provide quality care. This long list includes team members from physical therapy, radiology, accounting, volunteer services, and respiratory therapy. “Our administrative team would like to thank each of our co-workers for the time and effort it requires to obtain advanced degrees and certifications,” said Burdick.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.