Option Care Nurses Earn Elite Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) Credential
BANNOCKBURN, Ill., May 30, 2018 – Option Care Enterprises, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion therapy services, recognizes 19 of its nurses for passing the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) examination this spring.
The bi-annual CRNI® exam, facilitated through the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC), is the only accredited and nationally recognized certification for infusion nursing. Option Care’s newly certified clinicians make up nearly 20 percent of the total number of nurses to receive the credential this March and will join an elite group of only 3,000 active CRNI®s worldwide. Option Care bases its own policies and procedures on INCC standards to ensure clinicians are held to the industry’s leading best practices.
“The achievement of CRNI® credentials by so many of our nurses demonstrates our team’s commitment to going above and beyond to deliver exceptional care,” said Brenda Wright, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Option Care. “When a nurse passes the rigorous CRNI® exam, we are confident that individual is qualified to support our patients at home, and that he or she knows the standards of practice for infusion regardless of site of care, has demonstrated critical thinking skills and understands the importance of adherence to evidence-based standards.”
The CRNI® exam tests the knowledge and expertise of registered nurses in eight core areas of infusion therapy practice: technology and clinical applications; fluid and electrolyte balance; pharmacology; infection prevention and control; special populations; transfusion therapy; antineoplastic/biologic therapy; and parenteral nutrition.
The recognized Option Care nurses (listed alphabetically by last name) include:
- Karen Bucher (Tennessee)
- Jennifer Burcke (Missouri)
- Erin Birke (Missouri)
- Michelle Carmichael (Maine)
- Tracy Cashman (Montana)
- Karen Choate (Oregon)
- Carol Dearborn (Maine)
- Stephanie Ferrante (Maine)
- Kori Utter (Massachusetts)
- Patty Westcott (Minnesota)
- Kristen Harrison (Massachusetts)
- Deborah Langston (Washington)
- Jennifer Lee (Washington)
- Paige Luebbert (Missouri)
- Jessica McNish (Texas)
- Pamela Mull (Ohio)
- Melissa Sackett (Minnesota)
- Sheila Schreiber (Minnesota)
- Tammy Wright (Washington)
“The CRNI® credential is invaluable as a measure of the infusion nurse’s professionalism and dedication. lt demonstrates a commitment to the specialty and is an accomplishment that is widely recognized and respected,” said INCC Chair Lisa Gorski, MS, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN.
About Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC)
The Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC) was established in 1983 to develop a credentialing program to increase positive patient outcomes and to enhance the specialty of infusion nursing by recognizing and raising infusion nursing standards, policies, and procedures.
About Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®)
The Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) credential is the only nationally accredited certification in infusion nursing. It assures employers, nurses, and, most important, patients that the infusion nurse with the credential meets the highest quality standards. The CRNI® credential is also the only certification that evaluates the knowledge and clinical excellence of nurses working in the specialty of infusion nursing on an ongoing basis.
About Option Care
Option Care Enterprises, Inc. (Option Care) is the nation’s largest and most trusted provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion services. An industry leader, the company draws on nearly 40 years of clinical care experience to offer patient-centered therapy management. Option Care’s signature Home Infusion Plus services include the clinical management of infusion medicines, nursing support and care coordination. Option Care’s multidisciplinary team of more than 1,800 clinicians – including pharmacists, nurses and dietitians – are able to provide home infusion service coverage for nearly all patients across the United States needing treatment for complex and chronic conditions. Learn more at www.OptionCare.com.