Rice Hospice Registered Nurse Kris Benson, RN, CHPN, BAN, recently received her national certification in hospice and palliative care nursing granted by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®). Benson has been a registered nurse with Rice Hospice since 2008. She is the Appleton satellite office coordinator.
To qualify for the exam, a candidate must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States with at least two years of experience in hospice and palliative nursing practice. NBCHPN® certification validates an individual nurse’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.
The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) designation is the premier national credential in hospice and palliative nursing. Hospice and palliative care nurses provide nursing care to meet the unique needs of patients and caregivers facing serious, chronic, and life-limiting illnesses. Certification grants Benson the CHPN credential, which is valid for a four-year period.
NBCHPN® is the only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of the hospice and palliative nursing care team and administrators. To learn more about NBCHPN® and certification requirements, visit www.nbchpn.org. To learn more about Rice Hospice, visit www.ricehospice.com.
Rice Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Laboratory Accreditation Program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
The laboratory’s director, Jason Mayer, and medical director, Patricia M. Hoeft, M.D., were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” RiceMemorialHospital is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the College can be found at www.cap.org.
By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Monday June 24, 2013 — WILLMAR –Final steps are being taken to incorporate anesthesiology and sleep lab services into the Willmar Medical Services joint venture between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers.
Board members of the city-owned hospital voted unanimously last week to authorize hospital administrators to execute the documents for sealing the deal.
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