In coordination with MOMS, Billings Clinic brought in trainer Rebecca (Becky) Cypher, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, to lead an Inpatient Obstetric Certification course (RNC-OB) January 20-21. Cypher is the current president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) and was also previously an LDR RN. The MOMS grant was able to sponsor registration fees for twelve nurses from rural sites including Wolf Point, Poplar, Sidney and Glasgow as well as printed educational materials for all 30 training participants.
This course is designed to educate and prepare OB nurses to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Exam. This is the national certification for Inpatient/Acute Care Obstetrical Nursing. Most training for this exam is done in urban, academic centers requiring that our nurses travel to take the course. “Typically, when we have sent a nurse to a review course, the cost is between $2,000-$2,500, as these courses are historically out of state,” said Angela Lile, Nurse Manager for the Billings Clinic Family Birth Center.
As of February 7, 2020, nine nurses have taken the certification exam and become RNC-OB certified with many more scheduled to take the ANCC Exam in coming weeks. This training has provided nurses across Montana the skills and resources needed to deliver safe maternity care.
“This is something we should celebrate! We lowered a barrier to advanced training by bringing the trainer here. And, we offered the training to our rural partners where training is even harder to get. Our nurses were excited about and proud of their accomplishments. A terrific morale booster!,” shared MOMS Medical Director Clayton “Tersh” McCracken, III.