TThe Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) is pleased to announce Kathleen Pirri, MSN, RN, ARNP, ONC®, AGNP, was selected to serve as a Director beginning May 24, 2018. Ms. Pirri is a past member of the Test Committee, a representative group involved in maintenance activities for ONCB’s two certification examinations. She was also the founding chair of the new Exam Prep Committee in 2017. Ms. Pirri is a nurse practitioner and first assistant with All Florida Orthopaedic Associates, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen Pirri, MSN, RN ARNP, ONC, AGNP, to the board. Kathy recently served on the Exam Prep Committee. I believe Kathy’s professional experience as a nurse practitioner, her passion for orthopaedics, and her attention to detail will help as we move into the future,” said Diane Ryzner, APRN, OCNS-C®, President of ONCB. “Kathy’s strong commitment to excellence will help ONCB achieve its vision– Orthopaedic nursing certification is the standard of knowledge and excellence in musculoskeletal health care.”
The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) offers the only certification examinations for registered nurses in orthopaedic practice in the United States. The mission of ONCB is to improve musculoskeletal health by providing orthopaedic nurses with certifications that promote their professional development and advance the practice of orthopaedic nursing. Currently, over 7000 registered nurses hold the board’s three credentials: Orthopaedic Nurse Certified (ONC®), Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist Certified (OCNS-C®), and Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Certified (ONP-C®). A volunteer board of 11 members, including a consumer representative, provides strategic direction for orthopaedic nursing certification examination development and maintenance activities.
For further information about ONCB, visit www.oncb.org or email Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C®, CMRN, CNE, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.