Mary McKinley Recognized for 30 Years of CCRN Certification

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN at Ohio Valley Medical Center, and East Ohio Regional Hospital recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.  Since 1984, she has consistently maintained CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification offered though AACN Certification Corporation.  Mary is one of 397 CCRN’s being honored this year by the corporation, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.  

“This certification means a lot,” said Mary McKinley.  “It means excellence in care, and safe passage for patients, and their families in their most vulnerable time. When they are in critical care.” McKinley added, “As a former president of the AACN,  I conducted CCRN reviews.  I know what it takes to continue to maintain certification.  It takes a lot of hands-on, educational, and evidence-based practice.  But, it’s worth it.  The patients are worth it.”

CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute critical care. There are currently more than 104,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal patient populations.  

The importance of clinical certifications to the health and well-being of patients in the U.S. has been well documented.  Research studies have specifically linked  CCRN certification to  higher levels of job satisfaction, clinical knowledge, experience, and skill.  These studies have found that CCRN certified nurses are particularly motivated to maintain clinical excellence even in rapidly changing acute, and critical care environments.  Further, the studies found that the achievement of certification serves as a tangible demonstration of commitment on the part of the individual to patients, families, employers, and colleagues alike.


Hospitals that encourage, and support their nurses in becoming certified demonstrate to their patients a  high level of commitment to creating an exceptional care environment, and to their nurses, a culture of professionalism, and retention imperative in today’s health care environment.

 Mary McKinley attends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Ohio Valley Medical Center