Depending on what color scrubs you wear, you may already know that Thursday, March 19 is Certified Nurses Day. This annual observance celebrates nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through earning and maintaining advanced credentials in their specialty.
In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) collaborated to establish Certified Nurses Day and garner support from leading nursing organizations and key government entities, including the U.S. Congress. Inspired by Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a pioneer in nursing certification, Certified Nurses Day also encourages nurses to advance their careers by pursuing certification.
A broad-based and inclusive initiative, Certified Nurses Day invites participation from nursing stakeholders around the globe. Coalition members include certification boards, accreditation bodies, licensing agencies, nursing associations, educators, and a wide range of providers.
“The UAB Medicine leadership team and I sincerely value our certified nurses’ achievements,” says Chief Nursing Officer Terri Poe, DNP, RN. “This milestone is a direct reflection of advanced skill sets, specialized knowledge, and leadership abilities. It also means that our patients receive the highest level of care and experience better outcomes.”
UAB Medicine will honor its certified nurses at a brunch on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine Auditorium. *This event has been postponed to a later date.