Renown Health Nurse One of Only 12 in the State to Earn Third Certification|
RENO, Nev. (Dec. 17, 2008) – Jakkarin (Jake) Sareerak, a cardiac intensive care nurse at Renown Regional Medical Center, is one of only 12 nurses in the state of Nevada to earn the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) licensure for three certifications including Acute and Critical-Care Nursing (CCRN), Adult Cardiac Surgery Nursing (CSC) and Adult Cardiac Medicine Nursing (CMC). There are only 583 people nation-wide to retain all three certifications.
AACN Certification Corporation administers certification and renewal programs for nurses to proudly demonstrate the specialized knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for safe and effective acute and critical care nursing practice. A mark of excellence, certification contributes to improved patient health and safety by establishing and promoting high standards of professional practice.
“We are pleased Jake has earned and been honored with this significant recognition,” said Karen Lanham-Evans, manager of cardiac intensive care at Renown Regional. “It is wonderful to see him commended for his hard work and dedication to patient care.”
The AACN launched the CMC and CSC subspecialty certification programs in Jan., 2005. The CMC credential is for certified nurses practicing in areas such as cardiac care units (CCU); combined intensive care units (ICU)/CCU; medical ICU; telemetry; progressive care; heart failure clinics, home care; interventional cardiology; cardiac catheterization labs or electrophysiology units. The CSC credential is for certified nurses working in areas such as cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery or post-anesthesia care units (PACU) providing care to cardiac surgery patients in the first 48 hours post-operatively.
“It has been a lot of hard work, and I feel I owe it to my patients to be educated and trained in all aspects of my job,” Sareerak said. “Love and compassion plays a huge role in patient care and is expected from anyone in the nursing profession, but knowing and being qualified to do the right things at the right times is also significant.”
CMC and CSC certification denotes to the public those practitioners who possess a distinct and clearly defined body of knowledge in acute and critical care cardiac nursing.
Certified by the California and Nevada Board of Nursing, Sareerak earned his nursing degree from the Los Angeles County College of Nursing and graduated with honors (Deans List Lifetime Member and Philathian Honor Society). He earned a bachelor’s of science in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles.
As the region’s only accredited Echocardiography Lab and the region’s leader in cardiac care for more than 30 years, Renown Health was the first in the area to perform mitral valve heart repairs using daVinici Surgery System, cardiac catherizations, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement, coronary stent replacement, TELIGEN implantable cardioverter defibrillators and more. Renown Health is also home to the region’s only women’s heart program.