Published on October 31, 2016

Rogers, Waldron Certified as Bariatric RNs

TUPELO, Miss.—Vivian Rogers and Hollie Waldron of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Bariatric Center recently attained bariatric nurse certification through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Certification signifies that the nurse has met stringent professional requirements and has demonstrated professional competency in a specialty. Certification provides patients validation that the nurse caring for them is an expert in her field and has achieved a recognized standard of knowledge and clinical expertise in bariatric surgery.

Rogers, a resident of Tupelo, is a nurse practitioner who serves as bariatric program director. She graduated from West Point High School in 1987. She joined the NMMC staff in 1997 as a certified nursing assistant with Home Health, and later worked as an admission clerk. In 1999 she completed training as a surgery technician and worked in that role until 2002, when she earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College.

She started her nursing career as a circulating nurse in surgery at NMMC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2008 from the University of North Alabama at Florence, and her master’s degree in nursing with honors from South University in Savannah, Ga. In 2014 she completed the doctoral program in nursing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

A Pontotoc resident, Waldron serves as bariatric program coordinator. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Bevill State Community College. She began her NMMC career in 2006 on 5 West/Nephrology and in 2007 transferred to the Bariatric Center. In 2014 she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women.

For more information about the NMMC Bariatric Center, call (662) 377-SLIM (377-7546) or 1- 866-908-9465.

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