Sherman Nurse Receives Breast Cancer Nursing Certification
Sherman Health is proud to congratulate Michele Bazan Kenney, RN, nurse navigator in the Sherman Center for Women’s Health, for recently receiving Breast Cancer Nursing (CBCN) Certification through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Only 583 nurses in the nation have attained this specialty certification.
“We are extremely proud of Michele for achieving this certification, which highlights her dedication to providing outstanding healthcare and service to our patients,” says Judy Balcitis, chief nursing officer, Sherman Health. “Advanced certifications exemplify the talent, specialized knowledge and experience of our nursing team at Sherman Health.”
Michele received an Associate’s Degree in Science and Nursing, with honors, from Elgin Community College prior to obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with honors, from Northern Illinois University. She has worked at Sherman Hospital for 30 years. Prior to her role as a nurse navigator, Michele worked as a telemetry nurse, phlebotomist and also worked in pharmacy. She is a member of the Breast Program Leadership Committee at Sherman, currently working towards obtaining national accreditation for Sherman’s Breast Center.
“It has always been my goal to continue to learn and obtain advanced certifications to grow as a professional,” says Michele. “The CBCN examination tests the knowledge necessary to provide evidence-based care to our breast care patients, including prevention and detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life care. I knew the many hours invested in preparing for this examination would ensure that my patients receive the best possible care.”
CBCN is the only accredited certification program that is available exclusively to registered nurses, and that encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice. This certification is a validation of an individual’s knowledge of breast care.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation is a non-profit organization that develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. The organization was incorporated in 1984 and is governed by a Board of Directors, with members who represent various levels of certification in oncology nursing and the public at large.