According to the American Nurses Association, Certified Nurses Day™ honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.
Every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who care enough to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
Inspired by Dr. Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a pioneer in nursing certification, Certified Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to invite all nurses to advance their career by choosing certification.
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What is Certified Nurses Day?
Certified Nurses Day is an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service.
Certified Nurses Day is March 19, the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, the renowned expert of nurse credentialing. An accomplished advocate for nursing standards and certification, for more than two decades Styles advanced nursing practice and regulation worldwide.
More than 70 organizations participate by signing the proclamation and sponsoring annual events including:
- Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)
- National Organization for Competency Assurance
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Canadian Nurses Association
A broad-based, inclusive, ecumenical initiative, Certified Nurses Day invites participation from nursing stakeholders around the globe. Coalition members include organizations such as certification boards, accreditation bodies, licensing agencies, nursing associations, education facilities, and healthcare providers like hospitals, medical centers, and primary care providers, among others.
In the workplaces and local communities of certified nurses around the world.
Ultimately, board certification contributes to higher standards of patient care and protects the public. We believe nurses who voluntarily choose to achieve professional certification deserve public recognition and appreciation.
In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) collaborated to create Certified Nurses Day and garner support from leading nursing organizations and governments including the US Congress.