KCC grad Sandra Kelly completes ACNP board certification

Sandra Kelly

Sandra Kelly

Article courtesy of Bronson Battle Creek

Kellogg Community College graduate Sandra Kelly, RN, BSN, MSN, ELNEC, palliative care liaison at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) has successfully completed her adult clinical nurse practitioner board certification (ACNP-BC).

Like other advanced practice nursing roles, upon completion of an accredited curriculum, advanced practice nurses are eligible for nurse specialty certification by the Michigan Board of Nursing. To earn the board certification, an individual must incorporate a blend of professional experience and education, adhere to the American Hospital Association professional standards, and pass the certification examination. The exam covers compliance, planning, design and construction, maintenance and operations, finance, and administration.

A graduate of KCC, the University of Michigan and Liberty University, Kelly has worked for the hospital for 25 years, starting out as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit at Community Hospital and now holding her current position at BBC since 2009. She is also a trainer for the End-of-Life Nurse Education Consortium project, a national education initiative to improve end-of-life palliative care.

Palliative care is a specialized area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of all patients regardless of disease stage. Additionally, the center of care is to promote a holistic approach in which quality of life is addressed from the psychosocial, physical, cultural and spiritual needs of each individual.

For a limited time, KCC has reopened the admissions window for the part-time Nursing Program beginning in Spring 2014. Click here for more information from a post on this blog. For more information about nursing studies at KCC, visit www.kellogg.edu/alliedhealth/nursing.