Each year on March 19, certified nurses are honored with their own special day. Certified Nurses Day recognizes nurses who have achieved specialty and subspecialty certifications and promotes value of these certifications. Baylor Medical Center at McKinney is celebrating Certified Nurses Day by honoring its board certified nurses with a luncheon on Tuesday, March 18. The following Baylor McKinney nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:


Elizabeth Aaron, CCRN, CMC, RN-BCCV
Octavio Abad, CMSRN
Ernest Anikwe, ENPC
Paul Bacordo, ENPC
Andrea Baker, TNCC
Tewonda Baker, CCRN
Shannan Berrier, PCCN
Christine Bott, RNC-OB
Shannon Braaten, CMSRN
Stephanie Brown, IBCLC
Jennifer Bryant, RN-MNN, CCBE
Tracy Ann Chapman, CCBE
James Cockrill, TNCC
Shelene Danko, RNC-OB
Bradley Davidson, CEN
Erica Davidson, TNCC, ENPC
Amy Davis, TNCC
Lydia deJong, CNAD, NE-BC
Carissa Dudley, ENPC, CPEN
Katrina Ebersohl, CNOR
Amanda Ellis, CAPA
Jodie Ellis, RNC-OB
Samantha Eubanks, RNC, C-EFM
Millie Faries, RNC-OB
Lydia Fletcher, NICN
Kelly Fossee, RNC-OB
Melissa Foster, CEN
Valerie Foster, RNC
Georgia Fulenwider, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Renee Furey, RN-MS, OCN
Deanna Gidney, RNC-OB
Cassie Grimmett, CCRN
Aimee Gross, CEN, ENPC
Brenda Helms, CIC
Sharon Hilton, CNOR
Suzanne James, IBCLC
Marilyn Jones, TNCC
Patricia Jones, TNCC, ENPC
Tori Jones, TNCC, CEN
Cassandra Kindla, RNC-OB
Mandy Kirk, RNC-NIC
Christa Lambert, CCCD, CEN, NE-BC, ENPC
Brittany Lanier, RN-ION
Maricris Llagas, CGRN
Golda Magalang, CCRN
Debra Maitre, C-EFM, RNC-OB, NEA-BC
Kimberlee Martin, TNCC, ENPC, CCCD
Whitney Mccall, TNCC
Kari Mccord, RNC-OB
Christy Montalvo, TNCC, CEN
Marty Murff, NE-BC
Abisha Nepolean, CCRN, RN-BCCV
Jennifer Nuspel, RNC-OB
Ellen Nyquist, TNCC
Janice Owen, CWOCN
Carol Peacock, CRN
Ronald Pearson, CCRN
Janice Penn, RN-MNN
Barbara Petrey, RNC
Carly Pfeiffer, TNCC, ENPC
Mallory Piaschyk, CCRN
Matthew Plummer, CCRN
Eric Ramos, ENPC, TNCC
Jennifer Reaves, C-EFM, RNC-OB
Janet Rodriguez, TNCC
David Saffell, TNCC
Paula Scheck, APN-FNP, ACNP-BC
Olga Skechus, CCRN
Christina Smith, RNC
Sharon Smith, CNOR
Stacy South, CCRN
Karen Stanzo, IBCLC
Jessica Stewart, TNCC
Misty Stiles, ENPC
Aloysius Sypniewski, ONC
Jeannine Tate, RNC-OB
Kelly Teichman, RNC-OB
Audrey Thompson, OCN
Linda Tjiong, NE-BC
Jennifer Wagner, RN-MNN
Erin Weaver, CNAD
Tina Wepler, NICN, CCRN
Randall Wilkins, TNCC
Melissa Winter, NEA-BC
Amber Wood, CEN, TNCC, CPEN

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Baylor McKinney encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

Please join Baylor McKinney and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring these and all of the other hardworking and dedicated nurses for their professionalism and for a job well done!


About Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

Located at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, Baylor McKinney features a 95-bed, full-service hospital and surrounding medical office campus. Hospital services include heart and vascular, cancer, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, level III NICU with private suites, digestive diseases, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology, internal medicine, emergency care and outpatient services. Visit BaylorHealth.com/mckinney.