O'Fallon Progress

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will recognize the unique contributions of certified nurses on nationally designated Certified Nurses Day, which is Thursday, March 19.

Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2013, more than 683,684 nurses in the United States and Canada hold certifications, an increase of more than 87,111 certificants compared to 2012 survey data.

These certifications were granted by 27 certifying organizations and represent 122 different credentials. Currently, more than 89,000 certified acute and critical care nurses in the U.S. hold AACN Certification Corporation’s credentials, such as CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N, CNML, CMC and CSC.

“Certified Nurse’s Day allows us to formally recognize and celebrate the talent and expertise of our Registered Nurses,” said Chief Nursing Officer Shelly Harris, DNP. “St. Elizabeth’s is blessed with a team committed to the pursuit of specialty certification. This commitment to excellence promotes our mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan healthcare ministry.”