RMC’s Crissy Brooks Receives National Distinction as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse


Crissy Brooks, RN, BSN, CHFN


Crissy Brooks, RN, BSN, CHFN, Clinical Improvement Coordinator at the Regional Medical Center, recently received Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) status. There are now 917 CHFNs worldwide, representing all but three US States, including 13 from Canada and two from Bermuda.

The CHFN program, developed by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) Certification Board, provides a CHFN credential and demonstrates, by examination and application criteria that include contemporary heart failure education and practice requirements, that the registered nurse has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge in heart failure and disease management.

"Heart failure certification is recognition of professional accomplishment, critical thinking skills and clinical judgment. Colleagues, patients and administrators recognize and respect the CHFN certification, its value, and the professional achievement of the heart failure nurse. Heart failure certification demonstrates excellence in our specialty," said Connie Lewis, MSN, ACNP-BC, NP-C, CCRN, CHFN, AAHFN’s current president.

“We are so proud of Crissy Brooks completing the requirements to become a Certified Heart Failure Nurse and add this additional value to our program at RMC. We are committed to exceptional heart failure care for our patients, and Crissy’s skill and determination have been demonstrated in acquiring this distinction,” commented RMC Physician Quality Advisor Randolph Smoak, MD.

About the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN)

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses unites professionals in the support and advancement of heart failure practice, education and research to promote optimal patient outcomes. AAHFN is dedicated to advancing its nursing education, clinical practice and research with the goal of setting the highest standards for heart failure nursing care. Learn more at, 888-45-AAHFN.

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