By Leonid Gorelik, DNP(c), MSN, RN, NEA-BC
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Nurses Day™ is an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service. Professional nursing certification signifies advanced knowledge and skills needed by practicing registered nurses to address the challenges of today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Certified Nurses Day™ is celebrated each year on March 19, the birthday of Margretta ‘Gretta’ Madden Styles. Dr. Styles is one of the greatest leaders in the field of nursing certification. She was a driving force behind the creation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and advanced nurse certification services and programs worldwide.
At NYEE, a Magnet® accredited hospital, nursing administration recognizes nurses who have achieved certification in their specialty by hosting an annual Certified Nurses Day™ Luncheon on March 19. Additionally, certified nurses are provided with an engraved name plate which is placed on the Certified Nurses Plaque adjacent to the nursing office, and a recognition badge displaying “Certified RN.”
This year, as part of the Certified Nurses Day™ luncheon, the Magnet Coordinator completed a slide set presentation outlining the history and significance behind Certified Nurses Day™. Additionally, nurses were recognized for the number of years they have been certified in their specialty, which ranged from less than 1 year to more than 25 years.
During the luncheon, certified nurses had a chance to mingle and discuss what specialty they are certified in and what certification means to them. When Heather Waghelstein, RN, CPAN was asked why she decided to obtain nursing certification and what being certified means to her, she replied:
“I was working in the PACU for about 3 years and realized that I loved the PACU and getting certified was a way to commit to becoming an expert in PACU and that’s why I decided to go for certification. Being certified means that I am an expert in certified perianesthesia nursing.”
Leonid Gorelik is the Magnet Coordinator at NYEE. In addition to pursuing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Yale University School of Nursing, he currently holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from New York University. He is a board certified Nurse Executive accredited by the American Nursing Credentialing Center.