East Tennessee Children's Hospital recognizes the unique contributions
of certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19.
Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice
in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data
collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016, more than
769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications. These
certifications were granted by 28 certifying organizations and represent
144 different credentials. Currently, approximately 120,000 certified
acute and critical care nurses hold AACN Certification Corporation’s
credentials, such as CCRN, CCRN-K, CCRN-E, PCCN, PCCN-K, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG,
CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N, CMC and CSC.
In addition, certification benefits patients and their families, validating
that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge
and skills in the complex specialties of acute and critical care.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating
certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and
to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially
proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the
birthday of the late Margretta “Greta” Madden Styles, an international
pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive
study of nurse credentialing.