Wednesday, April 17, 2013Leah Rexford Earns Perioperative Registered Nurse Certification
Leah Rexford, BSN, RN, CNOR, and nurse at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for the past thirteen years, recently earned her CNOR certification in Perioperative Nursing. As the only accredited credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR certification is the gold standard. Earning the CNOR credential is a mark of distinction and a highly sought after personal as well as professional accomplishment.
CNOR is a definition, not an acronym. CNOR certification is defined as “the documented validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery.” The exam is based on the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Standards of Practice.
The exam is the same for perioperative nurses nationwide, whether one works in a small rural hospital like NVRH, or a larger city-based hospital like Massachusetts General Hospital, where a larger variety of surgeries are performed. Dolores Vieira, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of Surgical and Ambulatory Services at NVRH said, “To pass the CNOR exam here in a rural hospital is quite an accomplishment because of the lack of exposure to all topics covered in the exam. To see Leah achieve this professional goal gives testimony to her commitment to our patients, peers, surgeons and the hospital.”
Leah studied for about a year before the exam; for the last three months, she studied very consistently. Both Leah’s mother and stepfather are nurses, and in both high school and college, she enjoyed the sciences, which helped to define her career path. After finishing nursing school, she worked on the Medical Surgical floor at NVRH, an experience that helped her immensely when she switched to working in the operating room. She works as both a scrub nurse and as a circulator in the operating room, and credits all those in her department for their great support and assistance in her passing the CNOR exam.