Good Shepherd Staff Members Receive Neurologic Specialization Certification
Two Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network staff members recently received certification as Neurologic Clinical Specialists (NCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Sue Golden, PT, CBIS, NCS, of Coopersburg, director of Neurorehabilitation, and Nicole Smith, DPT, CBIS, NCS, of Alburtis. Golden manages Good Shepherd’s inpatient and outpatient neurorehabilitation services. Smith is a physical therapist who works in outpatient neurorehabilitation and specializes in therapy for patients using the Ekso bionic exoskeleton.
APTA established the certification to recognize physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in neurologic practice. Qualifications include completing more than 2,000 hours of neurologic clinical practice; demonstrating competency in areas such as patient care, education and interpretation of research; and passing a rigorous exam.
“Sue and Nicole’s commitment to their profession is a benefit for our patients, who count on our staff for their clinical expertise in the field of neurorehabilitation,” says Frank Hyland, vice president, Rehabilitation Services, and administrator, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. “We are proud of their achievement and the dedication of our many staff members who have attained specialty certifications in areas that include rehabilitation nursing and brain injury.”