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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Jeanne Widener of the Marshall University College of Health Professions recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1979, she has maintained the CCRN certification offered through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corp.

Widener is one of 82 professionals with CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 35 years of continuous certification.

CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. It’s highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

There are more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Widener said it has been a challenge to maintain her CCRN certification, but worth the effort.

“This has defined who I am as a nurse,” Widener said. “My CCRN certification gives other clinical nurses a sense of trust in my capabilities in the critical care area.

“Although I am an educator, I plan to stay involved in critical care nursing because I enjoy being with patients.”