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Jun 24, 2010 2:52 PM by Carina Corral

Local nurse passes rigorous breast cancer care exam


A local breast cancer nurse is among a handful worldwide to receive a prestigious breast care certification.

A registered nurse at French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has passed the challenging Certified Breast Care Nurse examination.

Michelle Ellis is an oncology nurse navigator in the hospitals' cancer programs.

Just 44 nurses worldwide passed the test given back in May and only 400 nurses worldwide hold the credential.

Nurses are tested on their knowledge of breast care prevention/detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and the end-of-life care.

"I am honored to have the opportunity every day to make the difficult journey just a little easier for cancer survivors and their families in my community," said Ellis.

Breast care certification is available to nurses who have:
-a current, active, unrestricted RN licensure

-a minimum of 12 months of experience as an RN within the three years prior to the application

-a minimum of 1,000 hours of breast care practice with two-and-one-half years prior to application,

-and completed a minimum of 10 hours continuing education in the specialty of breast care.

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