News: AACN Joins Certified Nurses Day Celebrations

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses celebrates essential work of certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19

AACN promotes value of nursing certification as part of national event recognizing certified nurses

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — March 4, 2013 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) joins with hospitals and other healthcare groups across the country Tuesday, March 19, to celebrate and recognize the essential work of certified nurses as part of Certified Nurses Day.

“Certification is important because it promotes excellence among nurses,” said Pamela Bolton, RN, MS, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, chair, AACN Certification Corporation board of directors.

“It lets patients and their families know that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in the complex specialties of acute and critical care. We are proud to celebrate nurses everywhere who have achieved specialty and subspecialty certification.”

According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2012, there were 596,573 certificants in the United States and Canada, an increase of more than 100,000 compared to 2009 survey data. Certifications were granted by 24 certifying organizations, and 110 credentials designate these certifications.

Currently, more than 77,000 certified acute and critical care nurses in the U.S. have AACN Certification credentials such as CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CNML, CMC and CSC.

Certified Nurses Day is an annual event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to help ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession.

Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, an international pioneer in nursing certification and longtime friend of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. Styles designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

For more information about Certified Nurses Day, visit

About AACN Certification Corporation: AACN Certification Corporation promotes and enhances consumer health and safety by establishing and maintaining high standards of professional practice excellence through certification and certification renewal for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020;;;

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