Fran Watson, Nurse Manager of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit, has been recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for her 40 year certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).
"Certification is the difference maker in a nurse's career," explains Watson. "It assists in expanding knowledge and with successful testing, a nurse can soar to new heights in providing outstanding patient care."
The AACN is the world’s largest specialty nursing association. As the first Intensive Care Units of hospitals were not established until the 1950s, the AACN was officially established in 1969. The purpose of the organization is to provide education and training to nurses specializing in treating critically ill patients.
Watson is one of only 16 other active nurses who received CCRN credentials the first year offered in 1976, one year after the AACN Certification Corporation was founded.
She has been instrumental in establishing the local and active AACN chapter at Conemaugh. Many nurses of Conemaugh Memorial critical care units have completed the same rigorous training to receive this advanced certification of CCRN.