Dec. 7, 2005
Patricia Graham, assistant professor of nursing at Morningside College, has received certification in medical surgical nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nursing certification encourages and recognizes professional achievement and specialization in the field of nursing. Candidates for certification must pass a written exam administered by ANCC. In addition they must hold a currently active registered nurse license, have practiced the equivalent of two years full-time as a registered nurse, hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing, have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice within the last three years, and have 30 contact hours of continuing education within the last three years.
Prior to joining Morningside in August, Graham was a faculty member at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., for the past five years, serving as instructor, course coordinator, and academic advisor in the associate degree nursing program. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary and a master’s in nursing with an emphasis in health systems and community health from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She is a member of the American Nursing Association, the College of Saint Mary Honor Society, and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
ANCC is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The organization seeks to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs and related services.