Local healthcare center received national award

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Surgery Center of Fairbanks has recently been awarded the Superior Certified Nurse Operating Room designation, otherwise referred to as CNOR. This award was presented by The Competency and Credentialing Institute, making the facility the only surgery center or hospital in Alaska to receive the award.

The award recognizes registered nurses who demonstrate professional achievement in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating surgical care. The CNOR Strong designation is given to surgical facilities with at least 50 percent of its nursing staff certified by the nationally accredited program. David Flory is the medical director and head of anesthesia at the Surgery Center of Alaska. He spoke about that this achievement means for the facility.

“What it means to me is we have some of the best nurses I’ve ever worked with and I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. They take their job very seriously and it is all patient centered. From the time they first come for their pre-op visit all the way through when it’s time to go home, and the next day. They know the best that is out there, the best way to treat patients and the best way to make sure that the experience for patients under a very serious and can be scary circumstance, it’s the best we can do,” said Flory.

He said the Competency and Credentialing Institute recognizes expertise and professionalism related to pre-operative and post-operative recovery.

“It is an award that identifies that over 50 percent of our nursing staff back in the OR are certified by this organization. That requires at least two years of experience working in an operating room and then you have to sit for a national exam and get a high passing score to be able to get that certification,” he said.

Flory said he is looking forward to see more nurses in the facility further gain their knowledge in this field and get the certifications to have 100 percent of the nursing staff certified on the national level.