Wesley Long Hospital Nurse One of 19 Certified for 35 or More Years - Cone Health

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Published on April 04, 2012

Wesley Long Hospital Nurse One of 19 Certified for 35 or More Years

Pat Mickley, RN, remembers 1977 well. It was the year Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded Pat Mickleygasoline was 66 cents. Apple was called Apple Computer and was first incorporated. And Pat Mickley became a certified critical care nurse. Through all of these years, the latter hasn’t changed.

Today, Mickley is one of only 19 certified critical care nurses in the U.S. who have held the critical care nurse certification from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for at least 35 years. Her dedication to her profession hasn’t changed.

“Like so many other nurses at Cone Health, I see certification as a great way to show my commitment to the nursing profession,” Mickley says. “Certification also allows me to keep up with a quick changing, demanding field such as critical care.”

Mickley works in the intensive care/step-down unit at Wesley Long Hospital.

“Pat’s commitment to excellence is extraordinary. She is an exemplary bedside nurse who makes a real difference to the patients she works with every day,” says Gayle Mueller, RN, Director, ICU/Step-down.

Nurses must be experienced and meet other criteria to apply for certification. They also have to demonstrate their knowledge of a nursing specialty through a comprehensive written exam and earn a specific number of continuing education units to maintain it.

More than 2,500 caring nurses work at Cone Health.

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