Our Mission

A Non-Profit Organization

As a non-profit organization, our mission is to promote continuous professional development which drives safe, quality patient care. Our vision is to grow a community of certificants and lifelong learners for whom CCI is a catalyst and integral partner.

The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) embraces and encourages ALL members of our community to celebrate our differences in age, color, ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and those other characteristics that make each and every individual unique and invaluable.

CCI's diversity initiatives reflect our dedication to an environment built on diversity, equity and inclusion while encouraging and enforcing:
- Respectful communication and cooperation between all in our community.
- Teamwork and broad participation, permitting the representation of all groups and perspectives from our community.
- Supporting work/life balance for employees and volunteers.
- CCI campaigns and contributions to the communities we serve that directly promote a greater understanding and respect for all.

All CCI leadership, staff and volunteers join with our perioperative community in the responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, volunteerism and in leisure activities, whether organization-sponsored or otherwise. Any individual found to have exhibited inappropriate behavior while under the jurisdiction of CCI may be subject to disciplinary action or removal from further engagement with the organization.

CCI leadership, management and governing bodies jointly support the fair treatment and dignity of all human beings. The certifying organization does not discriminate among candidates as to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Any member of our community who believes they have been subjected to discrimination should seek assistance from a supervisor or other CCI representative.

As an extension of our sustained commitment to the perioperative community, the CCI Research Foundation was founded in 2018 to fund research that contributes to the advancement of perioperative nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. CCI also pioneered the Perceived Value of Certification Tool (PVCT), a survey instrument that measures the perceived value of nursing certifications. Additional information about the PVCT can be accessed on the CCI Research Foundation website.


CCI credentials are the gold standard in perioperative certification. The CNOR and CSSM credentials are accredited by the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). CNOR is also accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

CCI publishes certification statistics in accordance with accreditation standards. Information is published per credential including number of testing candidates, pass/fail statistics, number of certificants, and data on recertifications. To view the statistics, click here.


Board of Directors

CCI's Board of Directors governs the strategic direction and financial oversight of the nonprofit’s mission, vision, and values. The Board consists of eight directors who hold at least one of CCI’s certifications, as well as two public members.


Elaine D. Geroski, MSN, CNOR, CSSM(E), President
Joshua A. Wymer, MSPM, MA, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CPHIMS, RN-BC, CSSM, CNOR, Vice President
Marian Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Secretary/Treasurer


Simone Auger, MIArch, LC, LEED AP
Sally A. Irvin, MA, MEd, JD
Jennifer L. Misajet, MHA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM
Darcie Opalko, MBA, MS, RN, CNOR, CSSM, NEA-BC
Leigh Anne Piper, MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR
Arthur Shapiro, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNAMB
Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F

Certification Council

The Certification Council oversees the development and maintenance of CCI’s certifications and learning opportunities. The Council consists of six councilors who hold at least one CCI credential, as well as two public members.


Cambria Nwosu, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Chair
Mary Jo Steiert, BSN, RN, CNAMB, Vice Chair


Steve Davidson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Eric Davis, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Dana Isaacoff, M.A.
Joseph Mollohan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Daphny Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Joy Redmon, JD

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Programs and Awards

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CNOR Strong

Research shows nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Teams of CNOR-certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice have been correlated to improved outcomes in surgical patients. We call that CNOR Strong. Facilities that promote certification excellence may apply for the annual designation.

Criteria for Facility CNOR Strong Designation
• At least 50% of eligible perioperative nursing staff is CNOR-certified
• Facility consistently recognizes and rewards nurses who are CNOR-certified

Applications open November 1st - December 1st

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The TrueNorth Award

The TrueNorth Award was developed to recognize facilities that use certification as a “true north,” guiding their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety. Facilities who earn the TrueNorth Award exhibit the highest standards in perioperative certification excellence.

Eligibility Requirements
Healthcare organizations that employ perioperative certified nurses, or organizations whose members and representatives are certified, may apply. Examples include hospitals, health systems, surgical services departments, ambulatory surgery centers, and units or divisions of a larger organization.

Applications open October 1st - November 30th

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