Officials at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital announced Tuesday that they recently earned the CNOR Strong designation from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). The designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its operating room nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. This is the first year Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinic's surgery department has qualified for this designation. Currently, only 102 hospitals in the country have attained the status of CNOR Strong.

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing 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.

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.