The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) Announces Texas Children’s Hospital as the 2017 Advocacy Award Winner

Monday, August 14th, 2017

PITMAN, NJ – Texas Children’s Hospital has received the 2017 Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) Award for Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy for outstanding performance in advancing nephrology nursing certification.

Texas Children’s, which is located in Houston, TX, is the largest children’s hospital in the United States. It was ranked in 2017 as the fourth Best Children’s Hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the ninth consecutive year.

“We are exceedingly proud of our nephrology nursing team,” said Helen Currier BSN, RN, CENP, CNN, Director of Renal and Pheresis Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Every Magnet application features our nephrology nursing team because of our history of providing rich data for empirical outcomes.

Texas Children’s received the award by demonstrating the following:
  • Valuing certification as a way to promote safety and improve quality care.
  • Informing the public about the specialty and the value of certification.
  • Supporting those staff members interested in seeking certification.
  • Recognizing those staff members who are certified.
  • Advancing the cause of specialty nephrology certification.
“Nurses are expected to become certified and they do,” Currier said. “The value of specialty certification is modeled from the nurse leaders and from the nephrologists who celebrate every successful certificant.”

The award, launched by NNCC in 2014, spotlights organizations that demonstrate the value of nephrology nursing certification to promote safety and improve quality patient care.

During the award ceremony held on June 16 at the hospital, Theresa Mottes, NNCC president-elect, presented the team with a plaque and $500 gift card. The facility will also be recognized for their achievement on the NNCC Website and its name will be displayed at every professional meeting where NNCC exhibits throughout 2017.

To be eligible for the award, an organization must provide patient care to individuals with kidney disease and employ certified nurses and technicians. Such facilities include but are not limited to free-standing outpatient dialysis units, hospitals, and ambulatory care clinics. Units or divisions of larger organizations are also eligible. Complete information is available on the NNCC Website in the "Awards" section.

For more information about all NNCC certifications and a current exam schedule, visit the NNCC Website,, call 888-884-NNCC (6622), or e-mail

About NNCC
Formerly known as the Nephrology Nursing Certification Board, NNCC was established in 1987 to promote the highest standards of nephrology nursing. NNCC is a national, independent organization that collaborates with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) in developing, administering and evaluating certification tests.