Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Certified Nurses Day

CCI, Counseling and Credentialing Institute, has declared March 19, 2010 as Certified Nurses Day. This applies to CNOR and CRNFA certifications. Certified nurses embody the nursing spirit and set a high standard in the field. CCI and AORN are honoring these nurses with special discounts on CNOR and CRNFA gifts and apparel.

Check out these sites to see the discounts offered:

CNOR pins - http://www.cc-institute.org/stor_cnor.aspx

CNOR plaque - http://www.cc-institute.org/stor_plaque.aspx

CRNFA pins - http://www.cc-institute.org/stor_crnf.aspx

Gifts for Perioperative Nurses - http://www.cc-institute.org/stor_peri.aspx

CNOR/CRNFA clothes - http://www.cc-institute.org/store_clothes.aspx

From the CCI website:

About Certified Nurses Day
History of Certified Nurses Day-March 19, 2010
CNOR®s and CRNFA®demonstrate their personal commitment to "every patient, every day" by earning and maintaining their certification. There's no better time to celebrate that commitment than on Certified Nurses Day, March 19, 2010.

Certified Nurses Day started as just an idea and quickly gained support before the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) launched the program nationwide in 2008. This special day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contribution of board certified nurses to the advancement of nursing professionalism and to higher standards and better outcomes in patient health.

Certified Nurses Day may be a relatively new concept, but it has strong ties to the history of nursing certification in the United States. ANCC selected March 19th because it is the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, who is known as the "Mother of Nurse Credentialing." Styles was the architect of the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing in the 1970s. She also served as President of the American Nurses Association, the International Council of Nurses, the California Board of Registered Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

With the support of OR nurses, CCI hopes to help the nursing community raise awareness, celebrate and encourage certification, improve patient outcomes, support extraordinary care and further the role of certification in the American healthcare system.

Message from the CCI Board of Directors President:
CCI and our certificants are committed to creating a culture of safety for patients through certification and professional development. Certified Nurses Day gives the healthcare community the opportunity to stand up and celebrate the work that certified nurses do in all areas and to help support the delivery of quality patient care.
Michelle Byrne RN, PHD, CNOR

Board certification is a key factor in the assurance of minimum standards of knowledge, skills and abilities in nursing specialty practice and contributes to better patient outcomes. National certification allows nurses to be recognized for competence in their specialty.

Let your certified nurses know you appreciate their knowledge and expertise by thanking them for their efforts on Certified Nurses Day.

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