LEWISTON – Crystal Buchanan, clinical coordinator with Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, 10 High St., Suite 105, has earned national certification in her nursing specialty.

Buchanan has been designated a certified bariatric nurse by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, an organization dedicated to improving public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases. To gain certification, she passed an examination testing her knowledge in all aspects of bariatric nursing. The certification will remain in effect for four years.

She received an associate degree in nursing from the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewiston, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She earned a master’s degree in nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Tract at the University of Southern Maine.

She is a certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, the National Association of Bariatric Nurses, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Maine Nurse Practitioner association, and Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society.

As clinical coordinator for Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, she is responsible for the coordination of care for the bariatric surgery patients and overseeing the daily operations of the program.

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