Karen “Toby” Haghenbeck Recognized for 35 Years of CCRN Certification

Karen “Toby” Haghenbeck, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor at the Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions at Pace University in New York recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.  Since 1979, she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Dr. Haghenbeck is one of 82 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for 35 years of continuous certification. 

CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care.  As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.  There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.

The importance of clinical certification to the health and well-being of patients in the U.S. has been well documented.  Research studies have specifically linked CCRN certification to higher levels of job satisfaction, clinical knowledge, experience, and skill.  These studies have found that CCRN certified nurses are particularly motivated to maintain clinical excellence even in rapidly changing acute and critical care environments.  Further, the studies found that the achievement of certification serves as a tangible demonstration of commitment on the part of the individual to patients, families, employers, and colleagues alike. 

Dr. Haghenbeck is a Family Nurse Practitioner working for White Plains Physician Associates in New Rochelle, NY. Before coming to Pace University, she worked at Montefiore Medical Center as Clinical Instructor for Critical Care as well as Consultant for Staff Development. She has also been part of the Editorial Staff/Staff Development for AACN Critical Care Journals: Critical Care Nurse. She worked at Sound Shore Medical Center in the following departments: Critical Care, Med/Surgical Unit, and Staff Development.