The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has designated March 19 as Certified Nurses DayTM. Nurses around the U.S. are celebrating and reflecting on the value of certified nurses. The research literature supports increasing the numbers of certified nurses because of their ability to improve patient outcomes including: earlier recognition of complications and fewer adverse events compared to nurses who are not certified. These are just a couple of the reasons that ANCC includes nursing certification in the criteria for Magnet Recognition.

There are also a number of benefits to nurses who decide to obtain certification. Some include:

  • Personal satisfaction with being able to deliver a higher quality of patient care
  • The ability to distinguish oneself from other job applicants
  • Earning a higher income due to pay differentials or certification bonuses
  • Achievement of credentials that allow one to advance on a clincial ladder or into management and executive roles

You can find a detailed list of nursing certification boards across many specialties in "Your Guide to Certification", located on the Professional Resources menu of Lippincott's NursingCenter.