Michelle Lyttle of Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.
Since 1992, she has consistently maintained CCRNŽ certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation.
Lyttle is one of 1,611 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 20 years of continuous certification.
She moved from central Florida to Shelbyville in 2000., leaving the position of a charge nurse at Orlando Regional Medical Center in the Trauma/ICU. After she moved to Tennessee she got a position at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro in the emergency room and was influential in setting up their "Fast-Track" system there.
After eight years at MTMC, she went to Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, serving there for two years. But she figured she should apply her skill-set to the local community and has since taken a position at Heritage in the CCU.
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 designation 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 60,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.
The importance of clinical certification to the health and well-being of patients in the U.S. has been well documented. Research studies have specifically linked CCRN certification to higher levels of job satisfaction, clinical knowledge, experience and skill.
These studies have found that CCRN certified nurses are particularly motivated to maintain clinical excellence even in rapidly changing acute and critical care environments.
Further, the studies found that the achievement of certification serves as a tangible demonstration of commitment on the part of the individual to patients, families, employers and colleagues alike.