Certified Nurses Day [CND] is an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service.

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 as was done this past Sunday.

“Nearly 30 percent of our nurses currently have a specialty certification and our goal is to increase that number throughout the year,” said Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Stephenville Cynthia McCarthy. “There are various areas that our nurses are certified in such as Medical-Surgical, Critical Care, Emergency Department, Maternal-Newborn, Surgical Services and Executive Nursing. We are very proud of our certified nurses at THS.”

Professional certification is a voluntary designation earned by individuals who demonstrate an exceptional level of competency, skill, and knowledge in their field.

“Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty,” states the American Nurses Credentialing Center website. “Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.”

This was inspired by, and is held on the birthday of, Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, who recognized the importance of credentialing.

Her hard work has created a global impact on the nursing profession.

“Dr. Styles architected the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing in the 1970s,” the ANCC website states. “She then pioneered the development and implementation of standards and credentials for nurses.”