Donations from Professional Baseball Healthcare Providers Support 80+ Nurses on Path to CCRN, PCCN Certification
Newswise — More than 80 progressive care and critical care nurses have been awarded scholarships to support their pursuit of CCRN or PCCN specialty nursing certification, thanks to a generous donation to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) from two groups of professional baseball healthcare providers. Funding for the scholarships was contributed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), which represents athletic trainers at all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs and their Minor League affiliates. Thanks to the generosity of PBATS and MLBTPA, this is the first time AACN professional development scholarships have been available to support its nursing certification programs. “These scholarships are helping dozens of critical and progressive care nurses earn their specialty nursing certification, which will have a lasting impact for the recipients, their colleagues and their patients,” said AACN President Beth Wathen.
AACN member and certified nurse Shelby McLellan helped facilitate the initial donation from PBATS. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the complex and challenging nature of healthcare and the irreplaceable contributions of certified nurses. Some of the first AACN scholarship recipients to successfully earn their certification shared their reasons for becoming certified nurses. Funded solely by donations, AACN professional development scholarships support opportunities to help nurses continue their professional and personal growth, including nursing education, health policy, evidence-based practice and leadership development, conferences, local events, skills to create a healthy work environment, and personal growth and communications.
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: For more than 50 years, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has been dedicated to acute and critical care nursing excellence. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 27071 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; 949-362-2000; www.
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