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.

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.

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.


Tabitha S. Kinlaw, MBA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, ONC, President
Elaine D. Geroski, MSN, CNOR, CSSM(E), Vice President
Joshua A. Wymer, MSPM, MA, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CPHIMS, RN-BC, CSSM, CNOR, Secretary/Treasurer


Simone Auger, MIArch, LC, LEED AP
Sally A. Irvin, MA, MEd, JD
Marian Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Jennifer L. Misajet, MHA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM
Darcie Opalko, MBA, MS, RN, CNOR, CSSM, NEA-BC
Leigh Anne Piper, MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR
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.


Joseph Mollohan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Chair
Cambria Nwosu, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Co-Chair


Joanna Barnes, M.Ed, BA, NBCT
Steven Davidson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Eric Davis, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Joy Redmon, JD, BA
Mary Jo Steiert, BSN

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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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