NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Lisa Falcón, RN, MSN, nursing director of the adult and pediatric trauma centers at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick campus, has been elected to a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the AACN.
The AACN Certification Corp., which promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal, recently announced its national leadership for fiscal year 2015, with terms effective July 1, 2014.
The AACN Certification Corp. has certified more than 85,000 nurses and provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing. AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N specialty exams, and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. With the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Credentialing Center, Washington, it offers the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) exam.
Falcón (pictured right
) and Theresa M. Wadas, PhD-c, DNP, CCRN, an assistant professor in the graduate program at University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa, join the AACN Certification Corporation board as directors for a three-year term through June 30, 2017.
Falcón, a resident of Matawan, started her nursing career in 1993 in surgical critical care. Six years later, she came to RWJUH as a staff nurse in the Surgical ICU Core and has since served as a nursing director and a clinical nurse educator. She has lectured extensively on trauma and critical care and she has served on a variety of national committees with the AACN.
Lisa earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Seton Hall University and her Master’s in Nursing from Monmouth University.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.