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MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSE CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT CELEBRATION HELD AT ST. ANTHONY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

WARWICK, NY (June 27) – On Wednesday evening, June 26, a celebration was held at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY to honor 14 medical surgical nurses who had recently completed a Certification Achievement Program (CAP) and had passed the Medical Surgical Nurses Certification Board (MSNCB) examination. The MSNC Board exists to establish mechanisms for validating proficiency in medical-surgical nursing.

Medical Surgical Nursing is a specialty of its own, requiring a specific body of knowledge and skills. On a daily basis, Medical Surgical nurses assess patients, administer medications, ease pain, encourage activity, prevent complications, interpret rhythm strips, monitor labs, insert IVs, change dressings, educate patients and families, comfort the dying and collaborate with physicians, therapists and other healthcare providers.

Across the Nation, the medical-surgical nurse cares for the adult patient in many settings including inpatient care units, clinics, ambulatory care units, and long-term care facilities to name just a few. The work is considered both challenging and rewarding.

The certification examination success rate of the medical surgical nurses at St. Anthony Community Hospital, higher than the national average, can be attributed in great part to the four month Certification Achievement Program (CAP), developed by CAP Facilitator Lori Perlstein, MA,RN-BC,NEA-BC, in partnership with St. Anthony Community Hospital Nurse Manager Anita Sultana, MHA, RN, BSN, CCRN.

“I am completing my studies to achieve my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP),” said Perlstein, director of professional practice at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. “As part of that program I have to complete a capstone project. I chose to complete my project in the area of nursing certification, which is an area I am passionate about.”

During the celebration Sultana praised the recently certified nurses and explained that an extensive commitment had been necessary in order to focus on their goal. “This brings the number of Medical Surgical Nurses on our team attaining specialty certification in their area of practice to more than half,” she said. “I am proud of you.”   

Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital. Jeff Reilly presented certificates of achievement to each of the nurses and praised them for their accomplishment.

“Medical-Surgical nursing is the solid rock and backbone of this hospital,” he said. “We applaud all of our medical-surgical nurses for their professionalism and dedication. Their service is critical to our mission to provide the best possible healthcare for our community.”

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.


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1.    On Wednesday evening, June 26, a celebration was held at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY to honor 14 medical surgical nurses who had recently completed a Certification Achievement Program (CAP) and had passed the Medical Surgical Nurses Certification Board (MSNCB) examination.
From left, Nurse Manager Anita Sultana MHA, BSN, RN, CCRN; Dreslyn Dejong RN CMSRN; Kelly Pizzimenti RN BSN CMSRN; Genevieve Rebaya RN BSN CMSRN: Maggie Davis RN CMSRN; Kenya Penca RN CMSRN; Patricia Green RN BSN CHFN CMSRN; Ivette Ruiz RN BSN CMSRN; Patricia Pena-Blackwell RN CMSRN; Pauline Labella RN BSN CMSRN; Nicole Wilson-Kantor RN CMSRN; Sharon Degraw RN CMSRN; Christine Gratzel RN CMSRN; Christina Meyer RN CMSRN; and CAP Facilitator Lori Perlstein MA, RN-BC, NEA-BC.
Not available for the photograph: Christine Rios RN CMSRN.

2.    Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital. Jeff Reilly presented certificates of achievement to each of the nurses and praised them for their accomplishment.

3.    Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital. Jeff Reilly looks on as Judy Lindberg, vice president of patient care services at St. Anthony Community Hospital praised the nurses for their accomplishment. “Studying and preparing for this examination hasbeen a vigorous process,” she said. “And, as a result, you have become stronger and more competent. You have raised the bar.”

4.    CAP Facilitator Lori Perlstein, MA,RN-BC, NEA-BC, recalled the difficulties of completing the Certification   Achievement Program. “I have to give each of you a hug,” she said. “I’m so proud.”


5.    Nurse Manager Anita Sultana praised the recently certified nurses and explained that an extensive commitment had been necessary in order to focus on their goal. “This brings to more than half the number of Medical Surgical Nurses on our team attaining specialty certification in their area of practice,” she said. “I am proud of you.”   

6.    Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital. Jeff Reilly presented Nurse Manager Anita Sultana with a plaque containing all the names of the hospital’s 18 Medical Surgical nurses who have passed the Medical Surgical Nurses Certification Board (MSNCB) examination and are designated as CMSRN.

7.    After the presentation of awards, Nurse Manager Anita Sultana posed for photographs with each of the recently certified nurses such as Patricia Green RN BSN CHFN CMSRN

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