Mercy Nurses Receive Black Coats for Certifications

JOPLIN, Mo. - Emergency room nurses at a local hospital are recognized for going above and beyond to sharpen their skills.

Ten nurses at Mercy Hospital Joplin received black coats with their names and new certifications.

Nurses went through advanced studies and an examination to obtain Emergency Nurse or Trauma Registered Nurse Certifications. 

"They want to be the best, they work hard to be the best. It's not easy to be a nurse in the emergency department and for them to take the time and effort to independently obtain these certifications just demonstrates i think to the public, that we're very serious about the care we provide," says Mercy Hospital Joplin Emergency Department Director, Tracey Spurgeon. 

The certification for Trauma Registered nurses is known to be especially difficult to obtain, with only 15,000 nurses passing in the U.S.

This is the first black coat ceremony Mercy Hospital Joplin has held, with the idea coming from white coat ceremonies for medical students once they begin school. 

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