Vicki Smith, faculty fellow in Niagara University’s department of nursing, has successfully met the requirements to maintain the National Certification Corporation’s credential in electronic fetal monitoring (EFM).
The credential is earned by meeting educational and/or practice requirements and taking a rigorous examination that covers the specified specialty areas.
Smith is among the more than 100,000 healthcare professionals who have earned the prestigious NCC credential since 1975. Maintenance of the credential is required every three years and involves a continuing competency assessment and earning continuing education.
A 1987 graduate of NU’s College of Nursing, Smith served on the faculty in the 1990s and rejoined the department in January 2012. Her specialty area is maternal-child women’s health, and she has also contributed her expertise in technology, lab setup and coordinating the university’s accelerated program for second degree pre-licensure students.
For the past nine years, Smith, a Youngstown resident, has also taught a course on intermediate fetal monitoring through the Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses, in association with nurses from Catholic Health and Kaleida Health. She also assists AWHONN by reviewing new instructors as they “teach back” upon completing courses in fetal monitoring instruction.
The National Certification Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors a national certification program in the obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal specialties. NCC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Please visit nccwebsite.org for more information about the NCC and NCC credentials.
For more information on Niagara University’s nursing programs, please call 716.286.7358 or visit www.niagara.edu/nursing.