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Learn how organizations like yours celebrate Certified Nurses Day™. Feel free to share (and steal) these great ideas. Tell us how your organization will celebrate Certified Nurses Day.

Bayhealth Medical Center
Renee J. Sylvester, Magnet Program Coordinator, Dover & Milford, DE

  • Bayhealth Medical Center sponsors an annual Certified Nurses Dinner at the Dover Sheraton Hotel to show their pride in certified nurses. Elaine Scherer, past director of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, appeared as a guest speaker. All nurses in attendance brought a prepaid phone card for donation to the local USO branch. Plus, certified nurses on staff participated in a photo shoot for use in future publications.

Saint Peter's University Hospital
Wendy J. Silverstein, APRN, BC, CPHQ, Nurse, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Saint Peter's University Hospital celebrated with displays and information available for nurses regarding various nationally recognized nursing certifications. A special prize drawing for certified nurses only included a spa day! A list of all certified nurses, 600+, was featured in a local newspaper advertisement. Plus posters announcing the day of celebration were located in the two main lobbies for staff, patients and visitors.

Harper University Hospital/Hutzel Women's Hospital
Maria L. Bobo, RNC, MSN, WHNP, Program Manager, Magnet Recognition, Detroit, MI

  • Harper University Hospital/Hutzel Women's Hospital celebrated with a hospital-wide Professional Development Fair. Local colleges and universities participated, and information provided on national nursing certifications and professional nursing organizations. A special breakfast reception with the chief nursing officer honored Harper/Hutzel certified nurses.

Medical City Hospital, Medical City Children's Hospital
June Marshall, RN, MS, CNAA-BC, Director, Center for Nurse Excellence, Dallas, TX

  • Medical City Hospital hosted a Professional Development Fair providing information from national certification entities as well as recognizing nurses who already achieved certification.

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Anne Jadwin, Philadelphia, PA

  • Fox Chase Cancer Center sponsored a Certification Tea for all board certified nurses. This formal tea, planned by the members of our Nursing Recognition Committee, offered tea/coffee and a dessert buffet in a lovely decorated room with formal china, lace tablecloths, background music.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Susan Phillips, Phoenix, AZ

  • Banner Good Samaritan invited all nurses who achieved or maintained their specialty certification within the past year to join hospital leaders, nursing directors, physicians, and the RN Certification Task Force for a special event. This truly memorable event will include a catered meal and be featured in the hospital eNews. Pins will also be gifted to the certified nurses. We hope to celebrate 50 RNs and launch Certified Nurses Day as an annual event.

The Miriam Hospital
Jessica Brier, MS, RN-BC, Magnet Site Coordinator, Providence, RI

  • The Miriam Hospital created a poster with photographs of all the board certified nurses and unveil it in their front lobby on March 19th.

Providence St. Vincent Hospital
Debbie Sanchez RN BSN CEN, Magnet Program Director, Portland, OR

  • Providence St. Vincent Hospital hosted a certification lunch for certified nurses featuring a guest speaker.

Nebraska Methodist Hospital
Celeste M. Felix, MSN CNS-BC, CEN, SANE, Clinical Nurse Specialist & Magnet Coordinator, Omaha, NE

  • Nebraska Methodist sponsored a recognition tea event. Each certified nurse received a formal invitation to the event. "We are fortunate to have an actress who works in our Marketing Department. She dressed and played the part of Queen Elizabeth during the tea, which made it a really fun time. We served food & beverages and each certified nurse received a ribbon identifying them as "certified." The nurses attached them to their name badge which also identifies them as an RN."

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