Here at HCA we take great pride in the excellent patient care all of our nurses provide every day. Each year on March 19th, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), sponsors this recognition day to honor registered nurses who have demonstrated advanced skill, knowledge, and practice by earning a professional certification in the complex specialties of acute and critical care. So, today, we recognize and support the unique contributions of HCA’s board certified nurses.

Why March 19th? 

HCA=MargrettaMarch 19th is the birthday of Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN (1903-2005) who was known as the “Mother of Nurse Credentialing.” Styles was a visionary nursing scholar whose international impact. Her lasting legacy can best be understood within the context of the thousands of certified nurses who practice in the U.S. today and the growing role certification plays in terms of how it contributes to better patient outcomes.

So, if you’re a certified nurse, I hope you enjoy your special day! Your knowledge, expertise and focus to advance the quality of nursing care is recognized. Be sure to share your individual “notes from the journey” with other HCA nurses on your team who may be considering certification. Or, encourage them to speak with your facility’s nursing leadership team to learn how pursing certification can further enhance their nursing professionalism and commitment to better patient outcomes. HCA supports all nurses, and for those who aspire to achieve certification, we have a number of ways to help, including the “Excellence in Med-Surg Nursing” initiative.