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National Nursing Certifications Recognized at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (March 14, 2006) - "Achieving national certification validates and recognizes a nurse's expertise and professionalism," explains Joanne Hambleton, CNA, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing and patient services at Fox Chase Cancer Center, as nurses gathered at the annual certification tea to celebrate and congratulate those currently or newly-certified in a specific specialty.

"At Fox Chase, we support and encourage certification," continued Hambleton. "Our annual certification tea is one of the ways we acknowledge the importance of our nursing staffs' achievements and contributions."

Over 100 nurses at Fox Chase currently hold certifications in their specialty. As outlined by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, the advantages of certification include remaining up to date on cancer care and having access to a national network of oncology certified nurses.

Oncology certification also represents that a nurse has been tested and has proven competency across the entire spectrum of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation. Certified nurses have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to their professional development by going above and beyond what is required of them.

"We are proud of the nursing staff and the difference they make in the lives of our patient's and families," concluded Hambleton.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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