Hahn School of Nursing Informatics Student Elected to Prestigious Board

Josh Wymer Master of Nursing Informatics graduate student and Navy Nurse Lieutenant Commander Josh Wymer was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Competency and Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado. Wymer is a second-year student in nursing informatics at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and Beyster Institute for Nursing Research.

The Competency and Credentialing Institute administrates credentialing for more than 42,000 perioperative nursing and leadership professionals across the United States and around the world. Those credentials include CNOR (which means the professional has demonstrated the knowledge and skills that denote competency in perioperative nursing); CSSM (Certified Surgical Services Manager); CRNFA (Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant); and CNS-CP (Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification). Lieutenant Commander Wymer was elected to serve along with some of the most accomplished professionals in perioperative nursing.

“It is beyond humbling to have this opportunity to continue my engagement with CCI at the national level,” Wymer said.

“We are so proud of Josh,” said Dr. Jonathan Mack, program director for Health Care Informatics and Nursing Informatics. “He is an exemplary student who excels in everything he undertakes and this election is evidence of his hard work and dedication to the field. He has a bright future and will not only contribute to the Armed Forces, but to the body of knowledge as a whole.”

Wymer has volunteered as a CNOR coach and with the True North Committee, which promotes the professional development of perioperative nursing specialists. He is a lead contributor to the current edition of the CSSM Exam Prep and current chair of CCI's Recertification Committee.

Josh Wymer“I am passionate about the operating room, safe patient care, effective leadership, and developing excellence in those who will continue to shape the future of surgical services,” Wymer said. “Any opportunity like this is about what you can do for others, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Wymer is no stranger to the operating room. He has deployed as a staff nurse with the Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait and at sea, he served as a perioperative nurse with Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System. Most recently, Wymer deployed with a NATO Multinational Medical Unit to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Prior to receiving his commission in 2007, Wymer served as a hospital corpsman, later earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University through the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program. Among his other advanced degrees is a Master of Science in Project Management from Granite State College and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with a focus in Enterprise Strategic Planning from the U.S. Naval War College.

Upon completion of the nursing informatics program at USD, Wymer will become Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Naval Medical Center San Diego, joining a team of more than 6,000 military and civilian professionals providing state-of-the-art health care to patients.

Dean Jane Georges and the faculty and staff at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science congratulate Lieutenant Commander Josh Wymer on his election to the CCI Board of Directors.