Meet our first CPENs -- Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurses

By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 26, 2014

CPENs Jodi Kinder, at left, and Jill Hildner are Wyoming Medical Center's first Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurses and are among just a handful of nurses in Wyoming to earn the certification.

CPENs Jodi Kinder, at left, and Jill Hildner are Wyoming Medical Center's first Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurses and are among just a handful of nurses in Wyoming to earn the certification.

Congratulations to nurses Jodi Kinder and Jill Hildner  for becoming Wyoming Medical Center's first CPENs -- Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurses. They are among just a handful of nurses in the state and only about 3,500 in the country with the certification.

The certification demonstrates that they “have extensive experience, knowledge and abilities related to pediatric emergency nursing care beyond basic RN licensure,” according to the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

“This achievement is not only representative of their dedication to caring for patients and our department, but to the pediatric population of our region,” said Corrine Arross, senior nurse manager of the emergency department.

Kinder and Hildner spent several months preparing for the test, both in class and through independent study. Pursuing the certification was voluntary and they did it on their own time and with their own money.They will have renew it every four years with more study and extra classes.

“I think it’s good for Wyoming Medical Center. Most of our critical pediatric patients get transferred out. We don’t have a pediatric ICU, we don’t have a neonatal ICU and we don’t have pediatric intensivists,” said Kinder who has been a nurse for 26 years, two years at Wyoming Medical Center.

“But we do see a lot of peds and we see a lot of sick peds, so it’s nice to have people here who are experienced with that. It’s just a verification of things we already knew, but it shows people that we took the time and effort to get certified.  It shows that our department is interested in advancing our knowledge.”

Healthcare certifications demonstrate advanced study in a particular area and mastery of certification standards. They are a testament to a medical facility’s commitment to providing the best treatment. At Wyoming Medical Center, nearly 95 percent of our physicians are board certified in one or more fields.

“You have to stay on top of your game,” said Hildner, who’s been a nurse for 18 years, three years at WMC. “With medical care, everything changes so quickly that if you don’t keep up with classes and certifications, you’re out of the loop.”

Kinder agreed: “The standard of practice for pediatrics changes monthly. Especially since we aren’t a pediatric facility, it’s important for us to know that we can get the process of care started.”

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