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Nurses earn Certified Breast Care Nurse certifications

Columbus -   Columbus Regional Hospital Breast Health Center Nurses Deana Tuell and Beth Staker have passed the Certified Breast Care Nurse Examination.

The CBCN Examination tests the knowledge necessary for nurses to practice competently within the specialty of breast care nursing, from prevention/detection, to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life care. Currently, 513 nurses hold the CBCN credential.

Breast care certification is available to nurses who have:

• A current, active, unrestricted RN licensure
• A minimum of 12 months of experience as an RN
• A minimum of 1,000 hours of breast care practice
• Completed a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education in the specialty of breast care

"For the Breast Health Center, the CBCN works with well patients, but primarily works with women who are undergoing breast procedures for complaint or mammographic abnormality," Tuell said. "If a woman undergoes a biopsy, she meets a breast health navigator and the navigator is with her through testing and diagnosis. If she has breast cancer, the navigator helps the woman and her family navigate all necessary points of care (radiology, surgery, plastic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology) as needed and desired."

Tuell, RN, is manager and breast health navigator with the Breast Health Center. She has been at Columbus Regional Hospital since 1981 and is a certified oncology nurse.

Staker, RN, is a nurse navigator. She is a nine-year employee of Columbus Regional Hospital.

For more information about the Columbus Regional Hospital Breast Health Center, visit www.crh.org/breasthealthcenter.

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