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Unity Hospital receives national recognition for its support of perioperative nursing certification

FRIDLEY, Minn. 03/24/2015

Unity Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute. The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its operating room (OR) nursing staff CNOR certified and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

This is the first year CCI has awarded this status to facilities nationwide. Unity, part of Allina Health, is the only hospital in Minnesota that has the CNOR Strong designation.

"It is amazing how the staff pride themselves on taking our patients through the process of a superior surgical experience," said Patti Soll, Unity's director of Surgical Services. "We genuinely care about our patient's safety, comfort and outcome. Our nurses treat each patient as if he or she were their own family."

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse's commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and registered nurse licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

"It is a huge accomplishment for so many of our nurses to be credentialed by the strongest certification program in the country for operating room nurses. It shows our commitment to our patients, our community and making Unity the best," Soll said.

About the Competency & Credentialing Institute

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CRNFA® credentials to more than 34,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning. For more information about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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