Six Nurses Earn Operating Room Certification

Posted: 12/19/2016

Six registered nurses at Brookings Health System recently earned the credentials of Certified Nursing Operating Room (CNOR), validating the high standards required for caring patients before, during and after surgery. Pictured are (back row) McKenzie Nielsen, Terry Stauffacher, Candace Johnson; (front row) Jodi Greenfield, Sue Mahlum. Not pictured: Mandy Newman.Six registered nurses at Brookings Health System recently earned the credentials of Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR). CNOR certification validates the professional achievement and high standards of practice by an individual registered nurse who provides care for patients before, during and after surgery.

Nurses who earned the CNO credentials include Operating Room and Central Service Director Candace Johnson and Operating Room Nurses Jodi Greenfield, Terri Stauffacher, Mandy Newman, Sue Mahlum and McKenzie Nielsen.

“As the only credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR is considered the gold standard for demonstrating the skill and knowledge required of for surgical nurses,” said Johnson. “Having our OR nurses achieve and work towards CNOR credentials exhibits Brookings Health System’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality surgical care to patients.”

To be eligible for CNOR certification, a perioperative nurse must have two years and 2,400 hours of operating room experience. At least half of the hours must be in the intraoperative setting. Certification requires a nurse pass an exam covering nine surgical subject areas, including preoperative patient assessment and diagnosis, preoperative plan of care, intraoperative care, instrument processing and supply management, emergency situations, and professional accountability.

Brookings Health System’s surgical services offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient (same-day surgery), and emergency surgical treatments provided by skilled surgeons and professional support staff. To learn more about Brookings Health System’s surgical services, please visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at