Hospitals’ Chief Nurse earns patient safety credential

September 23, 2016

SYLVA and BRYSON CITY -- The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Anetra Jones, chief nurse executive for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Jones has executive leadership responsibility for nursing, emergency departments and urgent care, medical staff services and the quality, safety and regulatory department for the hospitals.

Jones earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. Jones has been with the hospitals since 2013 and previously served in executive leadership roles for hospitals in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Her clinical experience includes service at the bedside as a nurse in critical care and intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and post-trauma units.

Jones received a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds a Nurse Executive Advanced certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

“Earning this credential attests to Anetra’s professional competency in patient safety science and application,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President, CBPPS. “This achievement demonstrates her expertise in this critical discipline and positions her among those committed to and leading patient safety work.”

“Patient safety and experience are what we focus on each minute of every day in our hospitals and outpatient facilities,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “The patient safety credential that Anetra earned highlights this focus and we are proud of her commitment to patients, families, employees and physicians.”

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The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across health care who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the health care system safer for all. To learn more, go to