Professor Karen “Toby” Haghenbeck Honored for 30 Years of Service as a Critical Care Nurse

Toby Haghenbeck, Assistant Professor at Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession: Since 1979 she has consistently maintained CCRN® certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Toby Haghenbeck is one of 108 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.

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Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBER RECOGNIZED FOR CAREER MILESTONE AS CRITICAL CARE NURSE

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, August 10, 2009 – Toby Haghenbeck, Assistant Professor at Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession: Since 1979 she has consistently maintained CCRN® certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Toby Haghenbeck is one of 108 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.

CCRN certification is an expert credential reserved for those who meet rigorous practice, continuing education and testing requirements in their specialty; it is not the same as an RN license, which assures the public that a nurse has the required entry-level knowledge and skills to care for patients. Certification has been linked to fewer medical errors and increased job satisfaction and confidence. 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 healthcare environment.

Professor Haghenbeck has also been appointed as Director of the RN4 program at Lienhard, effective fall 2009. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 400,000 critical care nurses. Its international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the association has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Complete information about AACN is available on the Internet at www.aacn.org.

AACN Certification Corporation provides comprehensive credentials for nurses who establish and maintain standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing and who contribute to the achievement of optimal health outcomes for persons experiencing acute and life-threatening illness. The Corporation certifies more than 50,000 nurses in the areas of acute and critical care nursing.

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