Todd Peterson


March 18, 2009

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in collaboration with other nursing certification stakeholders, has established March 19 as "Certified Nurses Day." This is a non-commercial day of recognition for certified nurses and others to celebrate through service to patients, colleagues, and the public.

A certification credential is an important indicator to patients, employers, the public, and professional licensing bodies that the certified nurse is qualified, competent, and current in a nursing specialty. Certified nurses have met rigorous requirements to achieve this expert credential. Certified Nurses Day is an opportunity to recognize and encourage nurses to pursue this important step in their careers.

Why March 19? When we looked for a nursing leader who was a true pioneer in developing our modern nursing certification system, it became clear that no figure played a more seminal role than Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, who led the first comprehensive study of credentialing in the 1970's and was a key figure in both national and international nursing organizations. A former president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Gretta earned an international stature and following. So March 19th, Gretta's birthday, is the ideal day. Please join us in recognizing certified nurses around the world and in honoring a founding mother of nursing certification.

Ways healthcare facilities are recognizing their board certified nurses on March 19 include:

  • Recognition tea, luncheon, or other event for certified nurses

  • Professional development fairs

  • Listing the names of certified nurses on staff in the organizational newsletter or local newspaper

  • Placing signs, posters, or balloons at building entrance honoring certified nurses on staff

  • Disseminating information about the value of nursing certification

For more information about Certified Nurses Day, visit



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The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas, recognize healthcare organizations for nursing excellence through the Magnet Recognition Program®, and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC offers an array of informational and educational services and products to support its core credentialing programs.

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