Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Perioperative Nursing Certification

February 18, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Perioperative Nursing Certification
New Brunswick, N.J. – February 18, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).  The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its operating room (OR) nursing staff CNOR certified and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.
The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.
Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.
“The CNOR Strong designation tells our patients that the majority of nurses in the operating room achieve the highest level of skill in their practice,” said Roseann DiBrienza, MS, RN, NE-BC, director, Perioperative Services at Saint Peter’s. “It is a constant goal at Saint Peter’s for our nurses to reach a level of excellence. We want to make sure we keep reaching for and exceeding the bar so we can continue to expertly care for our patients.”
Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to a facility and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Saint Peter’s commitment to its core values.
Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 40,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning.
For more information about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

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