Fairfield Medical Center
Public Relations Specialist
LANCASTER, Ohio (April 5, 2013) – Four Fairfield Medical Center Palliative Care Unit nurses have successfully achieved national certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses:
• Linda Whetstone, R.N., C.H.P.N., Lancaster resident
• Kathy Robertson, R.N., C.P.H.N., Lancaster resident
• Mandy Woodside, B.S.N., R.N., C.H.P.N., Lancaster resident
• Heather Huffman, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.L., C.H.P.N., Logan resident
“Certification further validates a nurses’ competence and expertise when it comes to a specialized area,” said Cynthia Pearsall, FMC chief nursing officer. “Certification exams are not easy tests to take. It shows the dedication they have to their patients, community and profession.”
Collectively the above nurses bring more than 65 years of experience to FMC’s Palliative Care Unit. To be eligible for this certification, an applicant must hold a current, unrestricted registered nursing license in the U.S. and have at least two years of experience in hospice and palliative nursing practice.
Hospice and palliative care is utilized for managing symptoms when a cure is not possible and providing appropriate care during the last months of life. Nurses in hospice and palliative care work with the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families when experiencing a life-limiting illness. Becoming a certified hospice and palliative nurse highlights their competence and knowledge in this specialized area.
FMC provides hospice and palliative care services using a multidisciplinary team approach for patients and their families. For more information or questions, contact Heather Huffman, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.L., C.H.P.N., at (740) 689-6894.
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