Franklin Oncology Nurses Achieve 100{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} National Certification

GREENFIELD — With the recent certification of Joy Pelc, RN, OCN, 100{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of the nurses in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department are now nationally certified in Oncology Nursing (OCN).

“Any nurse entering this department is committed is to being specialty certified within 30 months of employment,” said Oncology Nurse Manager Danielle Pierotti, RN, MSN, AOCN. “Certification requirements include two years of specialty practice experience, demonstrated knowledge of the latest research, and evidence of core technical competencies. Nurses then sit for a rigorous examination, and the preparation is intense.”

The commitment of the hospital’s Oncology nurses to clinical and service excellence is further evident from the awards they have earned recently. “Our department was the first among Massachusetts community hospitals of our size to be accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,” Pierotti noted. Last year, the department also received a five-star award for excellence in overall quality from Professional Research Consultants, the national firm that conducts BFMC’s patient satisfaction surveys for Oncology.

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