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2009: Pediatric Nurses Achieve Oncology Certification
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Pediatric Nurses Achieve Oncology Certification

WINFIELD, March 25, 2009 - Cindy Brown, RN, CPON and Laura Petrando, RN, BSN, CPON were recently granted Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse standing by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Brown and Petrando currently work in the Pediatric Outpatient Center at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield. The center is staffed by specialists from Children's Memorial Hospital, including those in oncology and hematology.

This certification demonstrates a nurse's commitment to pediatric oncology and serves as an objective confirmation of a nurse's ability to address the specialized needs of pediatric patients. Incorporated in 1984 and governed by a board of directors, the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is the certifying body for oncology nursing and has met all standards established by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and the National Commission on Certifying Agencies.

ONCC offers five certifications in oncology nursing:

  • OCN® - Oncology Certified Nurse. This is the basic level of certification focusing on adult oncology care.
  • AOCN® - Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse. This advanced level of certification focuses on adult care.
  • CPON® - Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse. This is the basic certification focusing on pediatric oncology care.
  • AOCNP® - Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner. This advanced level of certification is granted to oncology nurse practitioners.
  • AOCNS® - Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. This advanced level of certification is for oncology nurses in an advanced practice role.

Currently, there are more than 27,000 oncology certified nurses, including 1,823 CPON certified nurses in the United States.

Brown, a 20-year CDH employee, holds an associate's degree in nursing from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In her free time, she volunteers at a local animal shelter and helps with several CDH pediatric oncology projects, including the family support group, the TLC Camp and the Pediatric Oncology Christmas Party. A Warrenville resident, Brown lives with her husband Joseph and their two children.

Petrando, a Winfield resident, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. She is active in her church and her children's school and sports teams. In addition to her volunteer work at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Petrando helps coordinate the family oncology support group, the TLC Camp and the Pediatric Oncology Christmas Party at CDH. She is also a member of the CDH nursing magnet quality committee. Petrando and her husband, Dan, have three sons.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago.

The collaboration with Children's Memorial Hospital provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children's Memorial. All physicians in this program are independent practitioners on the medical staff at CDH; they are neither agent nor employees of Central DuPage Hospital.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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