Certified in Excellent Care!

Pearl Simard, RN recently celebrated after earning her Certification in Emergency Nursing.



  List of Certifications at HMC

  • Critical Care
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Executive Nursing Practice
  • Infection Control
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Neuroscience Nursing
  • Nurse Assessment Coordination Resident Assessment Coordinator
  • Nurse Manager and Leader
  • Obstetrics
  • Operating Room
  • Peri Anesthesia Nurse
  • Progressive Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Wound Ostomy and Continence

Hilo Medical Center’s Nursing Administration has made it a focus to encourage our nursing staff to obtain certifications in their areas of specialty. This achievement is considered a professional growth and organizational initiative. Over 100 or one-third of our nurses have been certified in their area of specialty such as critical care, progressive care, obstetrics, emergency care, nurse manager and leadership, and other specialties. More and more of our nurses are studying to achieve their certifications and we applaud everyone's hard work and dedication! 

According to the American Association for Critical-Care Nursing (AACN) Certification Corporation, nurses who obtain certification validate their mastery of skills, knowledge and abilities and meet ongoing learning and practice requirements through recertification. Patients and families, employers and nurses all benefit from certification.

Nurse Certification Benefits Patients and Families

  • Today's acutely and critically ill patients require heightened vigilance and extraordinarily intricate care from a team of highly skilled health professionals. Nurses confirm that patients admitted to their units are sicker than ever before. Years ago, many of these patients would not have survived long enough to be in the hospital.
  • According to a November 2002 Harris Poll, consumer awareness that nurses can be certified is high — 78% of respondents knew that nurses could be certified. Awareness of nurse certification was slightly higher than all other professions we inquired about — including physicians, accountants, teachers and mechanics.
  • Americans prefer hospitals that employ nurses with specialty certification. Three in four (73%) said that, given a choice, they are much more likely to select a hospital that employs a high percentage of nurses with specialty certification.
  • As healthcare has become more complex, it has become increasingly vital to assure the public that healthcare professionals are competent. Everyone in the healthcare equation — patients, employers, nurses — benefits from certification as a mark of excellence.

Nurse Certification Benefits Employers

  • The Institute of Medicine, author of the groundbreaking 2000 study on medical errors titled, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, recommends that health professional licensing bodies implement periodic reexaminations and relicensing of doctors, nurses and other key providers. Certification provides ongoing validation of specialty experience, knowledge and skills.
  • Support for continuing education and certification are drivers of nurses' job satisfaction and have been identified as essential elements of recruiting and retaining nurses. Nurses who derive high job satisfaction from a supportive and professional workplace environment are less likely to change jobs.
  • Employers play an important role in a nurse's decision to seek certification. Employers who embrace and support nurse certification are better positioned to thrive in the highly competitive healthcare market.
  • Ongoing education and experience reduces a nurse's exposure to risk and better prepares him/her to make informed decisions that encompass a larger scope. Marsh Affinity Services, a leading insurance program administrator and the world's largest insurance broker offers a 10% discount on malpractice premiums to certified acute and critical care nurses.

Nurse Certification Benefits Nurses

  • RN licensure measures entry-level competence. Certification validates specialty knowledge, experience and clinical judgment.
  • According to Cary's study, published in 2001, nurses whose clinical judgment has been validated through certification believe that they make decisions with greater confidence. This study also found that certified nurses overwhelmingly report that certification enabled them to experience personal growth and feel more satisfied in their work.
  • As a voluntary process, specialty certification points to nurses' commitment to career development and dedication to patient care, particularly in this constantly changing environment.

Celebrating our nursing leaders who demonstrate the importance of leading by example. All nursing managers, supervisors and directors are encouraged to obtain their Certified Nurse Manager and Leader credential. This certification leads to increased quality of care, better patient outcomes and managing with greater efficiency. Pictures left to right: Christina Ranan, OB Unit manager, Kelly Okada, Progressive Care Unit manager, Robin Nakayama, Surgical-Pediatric Unit manager, Arthur Sampaga Jr., Chief Nursing Officer, Dee Nishioka, Medical Unit manager, Cathy Matthews, Nursing Supervisor, and Rachele Conboy, Quality Management Department.