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Burn Nurses make history

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Burn Nurses make history

Ten nurses from University Medical Center New Orleans are among the world’s first specialty certified burn nurses. The nurses were among a group of 165 nurses who successfully completed beta testing for the Certified Burn Registered Nurse (CBRN) certification, administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN).

The newly certified nurses are:

  • Abbey Abadin, RN
  • Elizabeth Welch, RN
  • Jenna Luckhardt Jackson, RN
  • Christopher “Jordan” Lipham, RN
  • Aimee Keating, RN
  • Claire Wingerter, RN
  • Jennifer Leo RN
  • Nicole “Nikki” Kaebisch RN
  • Ashley Buchholz, RN
  • Matt Braud, RN

Lipham was also one of the 61 subject matter experts who helped develop the CBRN certification program.

“We are incredibly proud of our nurses for achieving this prestigious certification,” said Dr. Luisa “Dee” Gallardo, Chief Nursing Officer of University Medical. “This certification is a testament to their expertise and commitment to their profession.”

The CBRN certification, developed in partnership with the American Burn Association (ABA), is the first and only burn nursing specialty certification in the world. It is designed to recognize nurses who have demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialized care to burn patients.

“The CBRN certification is a significant milestone for the burn nursing profession,” said Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Medical Director of the UMC Burn Center. “It demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.”