According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Nurses Day honors nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A nursing license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenge of modern nursing.
Professional certification is a voluntary designation earned by individuals who demonstrate an exceptional level of competency, skill, and knowledge in their field. Certification is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.
After meeting defined eligibility criteria, a certification candidate achieves a nationally recognized credential through successful completion of a rigorous examination.
Professional certification is awarded by a national nursing body such as the Association of Critical Care Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, Association of Perioperative Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association and many others and officially recognized by the ANCC.
At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we appreciate the contributions our certified nurses make every day!
If you participated in this year's Annual Certified Nurses Day Photo and did not recieve a copy via email, please email Sherri.Stringfellow@vanderbilt.edu.