Jennifer L. Whaley, RN, CCRN, Trauma Program Manager at Beebe Medical Center recently, received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has honored Mrs. Whaley for 20 consecutive years as a certified critical care nurse (CCRN). The CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that a nurse can achieve in the field of acute and critical care. It requires ongoing professional education and leads to improved patient care.
“We are pleased to recognize Jen’s 20 years of excellence as a certified critical care nurse,” says Steven Rhone, RN, BSN, MS, NE-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services. “She has demonstrated a continuous commitment to patients, families, employers, and colleagues alike.”
Whaley’s responsibilities are twofold at Beebe Medical Center. As the Trauma Program Manager, she helps patients that have been subjected to a potentially life-threatening injury when they arrive at the Emergency Department. She also is involved in trauma prevention programs.
As a critical care nurse in the hospital, she provides direct bedside care to patients who are acutely or critically ill. This includes participating in patient rounds with physicians and other care providers to ensure a continuum of care from the Emergency Department to the hospital room.
Ms. Whaley is also active in statewide programs for public safety and accident prevention. She serves as Co-chair to the Delaware Injury Prevention Coalition of 2013, a program that implements statewide injury prevention efforts. Recent efforts include her participation in the state Department of Highway Safety’s “Walking Dead” campaign aimed at preventing pedestrian deaths. Whaley joined Beebe Medical Center in 2000 as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.
Since 2004, she has worked in the Emergency Department as Trauma Program Manager.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org