This week we had the pleasure of celebrating National Certification Day with many of the professional registered nurses here at Stanford Health Care. Each year, we celebrate Certified Nurses Day on March 19, in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Margretta Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN. As early as 1970, Dr. Styles drove the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing. Dr. Styles is the pioneer nurse who believed in the critical importance of credentialing in the practice of nursing.
While most of us think of the ANCC as the oversight body for Magnet, its original purpose was to serve as the national oversight body for nurse credentialing, hence the name, American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Approximately 20% of nurses in the United States are certified/credentialed. Here at Stanford Health Care, over 47% of all nurses are certified! We have much to be proud of. I do envision a day when patients will use Magnet status as an indicator in choosing a hospital for their health care needs, and when they are in a hospital, clinic or procedural area, they will seek to be cared for by a certified nurse.
Being a certified Nurse is a representation of your commitment to your specialty and your own development. As I walked around the hallways of each nursing unit, most of the nurses I spoke to were either certified, or somewhere on the journey of becoming certified.
Please view the slideshow below to see the many certified nurses we honored this week.