Certified Nurses Have Special Day

In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) collaborated to create Certified Nurses Day to celebrate registered nurses who had earned national certification in their specialty.


nd2On the first celebration, less than 10 percent of NorthBay Healthcare nurses met that mark.


Now, after four years of work, more than a quarter of NorthBay nurses celebrated their certification on March 19. The large jump was a direct result of work toward Magnet designation, which continues to encourage NorthBay nurses to become certified.


According to ANCC, only 20 percent of American nurses are certified. While certification isn’t required to practice as a registered nurse, it affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Rhonda Martin, R.N. , assistant vice president of nursing operations, called it a testament to a nurse’s dedication to lifelong learning and passion to deliver the highest standard of care possible.


“I am incredibly proud of our nurses and their passion to advance the practice of nursing at NorthBay as we continually advance our clinical services,” Rhonda said. “Our nurses’ certification rate has more than doubled from 11 percent to 25.3 percent in just over two years, and we know other nurses are currently working toward that goal.


This is phenomenal work, and we fully expect that number to increase again this year. Thank you for your commitment to nursing excellence, leadership and maintaining your certification.”


If you have been thinking about pursuing certification, contact Donna Dabeck at ext. 3322 or Chris Stevenson at ext. 4033.