Widener recognized for 35 years of CCRN certification

JeanneWidenerDr. Jeanne Widener of the College of Health Professions recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1979, she has maintained CCRN certification offered through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation. Widener is one of 82 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 35 years of continuous certification.

CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Widener said although it was a challenge to maintain her CCRN certification, it was necessary to remain competent in her field.

“This has defined who I am as a nurse,” Widener said. “My CCRN certification gives other clinical nurses a sense of trust in my capabilities in the critical care area. Although I am an educator, I plan to stay involved in critical care nursing because I enjoy being with patients.”

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the college, said Widener has served as an associate professor in the college’s School of Nursing since 2010. Prewitt said she has always been motivated to achieve clinical excellence in a constantly changing critical care environment.

“We encourage and support our nursing faculty members to demonstrate their level of commitment to patients by maintaining certifications such as these,” Prewitt said. “Dr. Widener has gone above and beyond and continues to impress those in our college with her dedication to the nursing profession.”

For more information about Widener and the college’s School of Nursing, visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.