NHCH OB Nurse Earns Advanced Certification
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012

Akiko Zbytovsky, RN in NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit, recently earned her advanced certification in Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing (Registered Nurse Certification - OB) after successfully completing the nationally-recognized exam. 

“I am proud and honored to have earned this certification,” says Akiko.  “This experience has been one of professional as well as personal growth.”  Akiko was born and raised in Japan, where she practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife for 17 years before moving to the United States.  “This was a challenging experience, since English is my second language. However, my everyday experiences in NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit more than adequately prepared me for the certification exam,” stated Akiko.  Akiko joined NHCH in February of 2008 as Registered Nurse in NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit.

The National Certification Corporation (NCC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a national credentialing program for nurses, physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals.  Certification is awarded to nurses in the obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing specialties. In addition to successfully completing the certification exam, eligible nurses must have at least 24 months experience in that specialty area and be employed in that specialty area for a minimum of 2,000 hours.

“By completing this certification, Akiko shows her willingness to be accountable for her obstetric nursing knowledge and shows her commitment to continuing her professional education and using this knowledge to provide better patient care,” stated Kathi Myers, NHCH’s Director of Family Birthing Unit. “Certification of nursing practice signifies the attainment of specific criteria and knowledge, skills, and abilities in a specific specialty field. Certified Nurses comprise a minority of the professional nurse population,” says Lorrie Mortensen, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Akiko’s recognition supports NHCH’s commitment of quality patient care, promoting excellence in nursing and a positive work environment.”

A certified Inpatient Obstetric Nurse is able to demonstrate knowledge and identify alterations in the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence the pregnant family, developing fetus, and newborn; to identify a patient’s actual or potential problems and needs, and develop a comprehensive plan for individualized nursing care, including diagnostic, therapeutic and patient educational components. 

Since its inception in 1975, NCC has awarded certification or certificates of added qualification to more than 100,000 licensed healthcare personnel. 

Congratulations Akiko!