Kahkonen completes Med/Surg Nursing
NORWAY, ME - Western Maine Health Vice
President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN,
MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial
Hospital Registered Nurse Amy Kahkonen successfully
passed a ANCC Medical Surgical Certification exam.
The Medical Surgical Certification exam is offered to nurses
who work in Medical Surgical area in acute care
settings. They are required to not only understand
the physiological indicators associated with their
patients' illnesses but also the social, emotional, and
behavioral factors that impact the patient and their
health. Criteria for sitting for the exam include
being a licensed RN with a minimum of 2 years
experience, having worked a minimum of 2000 hours.
The RN must also complete 30 hours of continuing
education in the 3 years prior to your exam.
Amy has been employed on the Med/Surg
floor at Stephens Memorial Hospital for 13 years and is
"an invaluable member of the team," according to Nurse
Manager Anita Day. She has successfully reached a
Clinical Ladder Level III status, which recognizes her
excellence in nursing and her level of clinical
skills. Recommendations from the Nurse Manager,
peers, and non-nursing colleagues in addition to
continuing education requirements make this a difficult
level to achieve.
Med/Surg Nurse Manager Anita Day states,
"Amy is a dedicated RN who promotes the 'iCare' values
in everything she does. She is supportive of her
co-workers, and participates in the orientation of new
employees as well as providing education to other staff
Amy lives in Otisfield with her husband
and two young daughters. Congratulations to Amy
for achieving this milestone while maintaining a very
busy family life.
Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate
of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine
Health® family. Visit Western Maine Health on the
Internet at www.wmhcc.org.