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Kahkonen completes Med/Surg Nursing Certification

NORWAY, ME - Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse Amy Kahkonen successfully passed a ANCC Medical Surgical Certification exam.

The Medical Surgical Certification exam is offered to nurses who work in Medical Surgical area in acute care settings.  They are required to not only understand the physiological indicators associated with their patients' illnesses but also the social, emotional, and behavioral factors that impact the patient and their health.  Criteria for sitting for the exam include being a licensed RN with a minimum of 2 years experience, having worked a minimum of 2000 hours.  The RN must also complete 30 hours of continuing education in the 3 years prior to your exam.

Amy has been employed on the Med/Surg floor at Stephens Memorial Hospital for 13 years and is "an invaluable member of the team," according to Nurse Manager Anita Day.  She has successfully reached a Clinical Ladder Level III status, which recognizes her excellence in nursing and her level of clinical skills.  Recommendations from the Nurse Manager, peers, and non-nursing colleagues in addition to continuing education requirements make this a difficult level to achieve.

Med/Surg Nurse Manager Anita Day states, "Amy is a dedicated RN who promotes the 'iCare' values in everything she does.  She is supportive of her co-workers, and participates in the orientation of new employees as well as providing education to other staff members."

Amy lives in Otisfield with her husband and two young daughters.  Congratulations to Amy for achieving this milestone while maintaining a very busy family life.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at


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