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May 20, 2014 - USA Medical Center Stroke Certification Coordinator Now One of Three Stroke Certified Nurses in Alabama

USA Medical Center’s Stroke Certification Coordinator Tiffany Griffin has recently received two prestigious national specialty certifications in stroke care.

Griffin received her Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) certification from the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN). She is the only nurse in Mobile with this certification and one of only three in the state.Tiffany_Griffin_University_of_South_Alabama_Medical_Center.jpg

Griffin passed an exam which allowed her to showcase her expertise in acute neurovascular patient care and became a certified Neurovascular Registered Nurse-Board Certified (NVRN-BC) through the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians. The NVRN-BC certification is the highest accolade in the nursing aspect of stroke care. This certification demonstrates nursing expertise in the provision of acute neurovascular care to highly-vulnerable, hospitalized, acute stroke patients.

“Tiffany has demonstrated a strong commitment to the prevention of strokes and the quality of stroke patient care at the USA Medical Center,” said Director of Quality Management Sharon Ezelle. “She is the driving force behind ensuring that stroke patients receive the American Heart Association recommended care and follow-up. This accomplishment that she has achieved reflects the level of commitment she has to the patients and to the facility as a whole.”

USA Medical Center is a designated primary stroke center and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award; it is also a Target: Stroke Honor Roll member for the stroke care it provides to patients.

As stroke certification coordinator, Griffin provides education to all patients with an acute stroke diagnosis and plays an integral role in the prevention of future stroke occurrences. She provides stroke education classes for the hospital staff in clinical as well as nonclinical areas; she also facilitates the Mobile area's Stroke Support Group, a free, community-oriented monthly meeting for stroke patients and caregivers that discusses numerous topics related to preventing strokes and post-stroke care.

Griffin received her bachelor of science in nursing from University of South Alabama’s College of Nursing and her master of science in nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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