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KDMC Nurse Achieves Cardiac Surgery Certification 

Suttle.ScottKing’s Daughters critical care nurse Scott Suttles added to his specialized credentials by recently achieving subspecialty certification in cardiac surgery (CSC) from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Suttles, a resident of Olive Hill, works in the King’s Daughters Cardiovascular ICU, which provides one-on-one critical care for patients who are recovering from open heart surgery. Suttles is one of only 13 nurses in the state of Kentucky to earn this subspecialty certification.

CSC denotes registered nurses who already have achieved certification in critical care nursing (CCRN), have met the criteria of at least 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely or critically ill patients during the past two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application, and have passed the nationally recognized CSC® examination based on the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to cardiac surgery nursing.

Suttles has been employed at KDMC since 2004. He also is a faculty member with the Department of Nursing at Morehead State University and serves as a First Lieutenant in the 4th Brigade Health Services 100th Division of the Army Reserve. Suttles graduated from East Carter High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Morehead State University. He currently is pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a focus on Critical Care.

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