Nurse Navigator at Riddle Comprehensive Breast Center Earns Honors

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Riddle Hospital employee, Annette Pierdomenico, RNC-OB, MSN, CBCN passed the Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) Examination administered in Dec. 2012, testing her knowledge to practice competently within the specialty of breast care, including cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment, as well as survivorship and end of life care. CBCN is recognized as the only nationally accredited breast care certification that is available exclusively to registered nurses, validating the specialized knowledge necessary for breast care nursing practices along the continuum of care. While studying for her certification, Pierdomenico compiled 1,000 hours in the field with patients, 10 hours of continuing education in the specialty, and continued her full time job as Riddle Comprehensive Breast Center’s full time navigator for breast cancer patients. The test was 165 questions that took just under three hours to complete, and Annette had her results within 15 minutes—she passed!

“My success with the testing is credited to the opportunities I have to learn from my patients’ journeys, the great education at Neumann for my Masters in Nursing Education and collaborative work with Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health colleagues each month. My years at Riddle starting in the Step Down Unit, moving to Obstetrics, then Pain Management, the Medical Procedure Unit, then as an Obstetrics Perinatal Educator and now Navigator, have all been wonderful learning opportunities for me to provide quality care to patients and their families,” said Pierdomenico.

Pierdomenico is a member of the Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Widener University, Vice President of the Alumni Board of Neumann University, Co-Pres. of the employee auxiliary at Riddle, coaches CYO Volleyball at St. Joe’s in Aston and parent to Alyssa, Katie and Nicole.

About the Comprehensive Breast Center: Bringing together medical expertise, clinical resources and advanced technology, the team supports patients through their screenings, diagnosis and treatments of breast diseases. The center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers. A new offer to busy women is “Walk In Wednesdays”—just bring the prescription for your screening mammogram, no appointment. To schedule a mammogram or DEXA Scan, call 484.580.1800.

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–2017, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.

Martha Grieco
Communications Coordinator
Riddle Hospital

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