Certified Nurses on the Rise

Certified NursesAnnette Baltierra, RN, works at the telemetry unit at Seton Medical Center Hays as a charge nurse. Even though it meant giving up an entire weekend, she decided to register for the Cardiovascular Registered Nurse (CVRN) course and exam. Annette’s enthusiasm for becoming certified was contagious, and before she knew it, more than four nurses from the same unit signed up for the exam.

After two full days of coursework, the nursing colleagues sat for the 3-hour, 232-question exam on a Sunday. Before the exam, the CVRN course instructor reminded the nurses that it’s not the end result that counts, but the journey of learning, expanding knowledge and advancing our professional practice. Annette passed the exam and could not be more gratified for the knowledge she gained and the camaraderie she enjoyed with her Seton colleagues.

“I decided to take the course and sit for the exam because I wanted to gain more knowledge. I am proud of what I accomplished and feel like I can be more of a resource now to both my patients and fellow nurses because I have this certification.” – Annette Baliterra, RN