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Certified Nurses Recognized for Commitment to Patient Care

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Jody Nagel, CCRN; Priscilla Claudio, CBFS; Ruby Byrd, CCRN; Melanie Little, CNOR; Deborah Meeks, CCRN-K, CEN; Mike Dillman, CEN; Terri Wood, CCM; Charlotte Durivage, CCM; Jan Behm, CHCQM; and, Penny Hodgins, CIC

Nurses being recognized on National Nurses Day at Harlingen Medical Center are (from Left to Right): Jody Nagel, CCRN; Priscilla Claudio, CBFS; Ruby Byrd, CCRN; Melanie Little, CNOR; Deborah Meeks, CCRN-K, CEN; Mike Dillman, CEN; Terri Wood, CCM; Charlotte Durivage, CCM; Jan Behm, CHCQM; and, Penny Hodgins, CIC.

Harlingen – They are the ones who ensure that your healing process stays on a productive path when you’re in the hospital. They are the ones who compassionately support your family when they visit you in the hospital. But, more importantly they are the ones who choose to acquire a higher level of knowledge and training – to afford you a better clinical outcome when you are their patient. They are Certified Nurses. March 19, 2015 is Certified Nurses Day and Harlingen Medical Center is proud to acknowledge these specially qualified individuals for their commitment to patient care and their profession.

“Certification, in a respective clinical field, affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice, for a nurse to meet the challenges they face in today’s hospital rooms,” said Deborah Meeks, RN and Chief Nursing Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. “The fact that members of our clinical staff become Registered Nurses (RN) and then make a conscious decision to further enhance their skill set by becoming certified, in their respective field, is a true testament to their commitment to caring for others in a healthcare setting.”

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, board certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like healthcare in general has become increasingly complex. While a Registered Nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

“The commitment our nurses have shown, and continue to show, to our patients’ clinical care is evident in the results of our patient perception surveys, which are independently conducted by a surveying agency,” said Brenda Ivory, RN and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. “Our patient perception survey scores continuously rank us above the national average score. It makes me proud to know that our nursing staff excels during patient encounters and that they make the personal commitment to better themselves clinically.”

“I chose to obtain certification as an emergency nurse to show my commitment to the profession and to be recognized for the skills required for this specialty, said Mike Dillman, CEN and Emergency Room Director at Harlingen Medical Center. “In the Emergency Department we take care of all patients; newborn to 100 years of age or more. I want to make sure I can provide the best care possible for my patients and their families.”

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, there are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pain management, cardiac vascular, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many more.

“Health care delivery has become more complex and becoming a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) has helped me prepare to better assess and treat patients,” said Dillman. “Extensive continuing education is required to maintain certification, so it ensures that I remain current on the latest clinical practices. In addition, my certification has best benefitted patients by allowing me the opportunity to mentor the new nurses entering the specialty.”

The Executive Team at Harlingen Medical Center is pleased to recognize the following certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

  • Rajneesh Balakrishna, CCRN
  • Jan Behm, CHCQM
  • Ruby Byrd, CCRN
  • Elizabeth Carrillo, CCM
  • Priscilla Claudio
  • Jenny Diaz
  • Mike Dillman, CEN
  • Charlotte Durivage, CCM
  • Penny Hodgins, CIC
  • Melanie Little, CNOR
  • Sarah Lutrick, CEN
  • Deborah Meeks, CCRN-K, CEN
  • Jody Nagel, CCRN
  • Raquel Pizana, CCRN
  • Terri Wood, CCM

Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve their full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system. National nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

“On this special day, we recognize and thank our certified nurses for their continued commitment to caring for the people of our community,” said Meeks.

To learn more about nursing employment opportunities at the award-winning and nationally recognized Harlingen Medical Center, visit You may also contact the Human Resources Department at 956-365-1004.