Evangelical hospital nurse becomes
cardiac-vascular board certified
LEWISBURG - Registered nurse Cheryl Walter recently became board certified as a cardiac-vascular nurse, making her the first nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital to receive this designation. Walter, celebrating her 37th year at Evangelical this month, works in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and is encouraging and mentoring other nurses in her field to become certified.
"When the new Cardiac Rehabilitation suite opens in July, the skills I've acquired as a certified cardiac/vascular nurse will be put to good use with our patients on the latest technology and in a larger environment," Walter said.
The American Nurses Association Credentialing Center provides registered nurses with resources to achieve practice excellence through its internationally renowned credentialing program that certifies nurses in specialty practice areas. In addition to credentialing, the center recognizes health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments and accredits continuing nurse education organizations.
The cardiac/vascular nurse certification validates nursing knowledge in the two overlapping areas. Completion of the program demonstrates the participant meets the nationally recognized standard for their area of specialty. The examination in cardiovascular disease tests in seven main areas of nursing practice including the study of functional changes and how those changes present themselves in cardiovascular disease; communication; provision of care; patient and family/caregiver education; psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular disease; leadership; and legal and ethical issues.
Walter, of Milton, is the critical incident stress management coordinator at the hospital and is involved in the clinical ladder project. She teaches as a basic life support and advanced cardiac life support instructor and is an active member of the Hospital Incident Command Committee. She recently was elected president of the Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is active in the National Certification Process, by which the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Jersey Shore Hospital congratulates
May's 'Rocker of the Month'
Jersey Shore Hospital congratulates Stephanie Tomb, central registration clerk, for being May's Rocker of the Month.
Her nominator had this to say: "Steph is always very pleasant and kind, especially when registering patients for our ancillary services. She always takes the time to make sure all the information is correct, which helps save time and money. We truly appreciate all she does to help out."
The Rocker of the Month award at Jersey Shore Hospital recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty and truly embodies great customer service.
Area hospital welcomes new surgeon
JERSEY SHORE - Jersey Shore Hospital Foundation Inc. welcomed Dr. Duane Tull, general surgeon, to the Jersey Shore Medical Associates practice on May 14.
The board-certified physician has practiced general surgery for 12 years, most recently in North Carolina, and has relocated to the Jersey Shore area.
Tull received a bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and his medical doctorate degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
In the late 1990s, Tull completed a residency in general surgery at the Medical Center of Delaware and the Christiana Care Health System, both in Newark, Del.
Tull is experienced in many aspects of general surgery including laparoscopic, open, and upper and lower endoscopy as well as bariatric surgery, and has spent a few years working in the eastern half of Pennsylvania.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 753-8077.