March 19th is #NationalCertifiedNursesDay – a worldwide day of awareness and recognition – and this week’s blog provides a perfect opportunity for Focus Staff to celebrate and thank certified nurses for their dedication, achievements, and deep commitment to patient safety.
National Certified Nurses Day was established on March 19th because it’s the birthday of Margretta Madden Styles, a visionary nursing leader and scholar who was known as the “Mother of Nurse Credentialing.” Her distinguished career inspired nurses around the country, and she was recognized worldwide for her leadership and contributions to the study and practice of nursing.
That’s why on this date, each year, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
Certified nurses dedicate their careers to helping others and often work long hard hours. The day honors and recognizes nurses around the globe who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty.
Their advanced skills require continuing education, re-certification, and continued knowledge of ever-changing technology. Certified nurses balance clinical needs and patient care. Helping patients meet their healthcare goals in complex and challenging times makes a Certified Nurse’s commitment even more valuable.
A Wide Range of Certifications
Because a nursing career is as varied as a doctor’s, nurses can earn certifications in specialties and sub-specialties. Certified nurses study and take certification exams to demonstrate their competency, skill, and knowledge in a field. Board certification is available in a variety of fields, including:
- Ambulatory Care Certification
- Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification
- Informatics Certification
- Medical-Surgical Certification
- Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification
- Pediatric Nursing Certification
- Psychiatric Nursing Certification
- Nurses can also obtain sub-specialty certifications
How to Observe National Certified Nurses Day
Now, more than ever, hospitals, clinics, and practices need qualified nurses providing the highest levels of professionalism and care. Certified nurses make a difference in the lives of their patients every day and work incredibly hard to improve patient outcomes and be extraordinary health care providers.
If you know someone who’s striving to become a certified nurse, encourage them in their endeavors.
We also encourage you to join us on March 19th – when nurses celebrate their certification – to recognize those who are already certified and help them spread the word about National Certified Nurses Day.
At Focus Staff, we offer the personalized career guidance you need to pursue a career in nursing, occupational therapy, and other medical professions. We understand the ins and outs of healthcare professionals and have access to a wide variety of opportunities, including traveling contract positions. To learn more, contact us today.