As we approach 2018, I am feeling a bit tired, but after looking back on 2017, I can understand why. Would you believe that the instructors here at Solheim Enterprises taught 101 review courses in 38 of the 50 states (as well as Puerto Rico) during 2017? That equates to approximately 4500 students. In addition to that, about 700 more nurses took advantage of our online courses. Although we have no way of knowing exactly how many of those nurses went on to become certified, if we assume 50% of nurses who take part in one of our certification preparation courses go on to complete their certification, there are 2600 additional nurses in the United States with specialty certification at the end of 2017.
But we did not accomplish these impressive numbers in isolation. Our success rests in partnering with our hosts, who bring the vision of wanting to provide education to your staff and colleagues.
What is the importance of 2600 additional certified nurses? Numerous studies have linked certification to improved patient outcomes. One study showed a 2% decrease in mortality when patients were cared for by certified nurses. Another study showed a lower length of stay in patients cared for by certified nurses. If you multiply these types of outcomes by 2600 certified nurses, we as a team have a lot to be proud of as we enter 2018.
2018 promises to more ambitious than 2017. We are expecting to teach more than 120 review courses with a goal of reaching about 5500 nurses. We also recognize that there are many places that are not able to host a live course so we are continuing to expand our online library of review courses. Although our Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) preparation courses area already available online, I will be in the studio throughout January taping our Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) preparation course with an anticipated release date in March of 2018.
We also look forward to adding a new course to our repertoire during 2018. Kristen Cline, one of our new instructors, is writing a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) preparation course which we plan on releasing in 2018.
As we bid farewell to 2017 and open the books on 2018, let me take this opportunity to thank you for being a partner with us as we strive to improve our profession as well as improve the care we provide our patients through specialty certification. We could not have accomplished a fraction of what we did without each of you hosting our courses. We look forward to partnering with you again in 2018 as we continue this quest.
President, Solheim Enterprises