The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is honoring certified nurses on March 19 in recognition of Certified Nurses Day™. This day was created to recognize specialty-certified nurses and their contributions to better patient care. First-declared by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and endorsed by the American Nurses Association, many other nursing certification organizations have signed on to participate in this initiative – including the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Currently, there are over 35,000 ONCC certified nurses in oncology, breast care, and blood and marrow transplant nursing. These nurses have met or exceeded the standard for specialty knowledge, experience and education defined by ONCC’s nationally accredited credentialing programs.
Why March 19? March 19 is the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, a pioneer in championing the value of nursing certification before broad awareness or acceptance of its value had been achieved. Dr. Styles led the first comprehensive study of credentialing in the 1970's and was a key leadership figure in a number of national and international nursing organization.