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American Nurses Credentialing Center Commemorates 30th Anniversary


Zachary Levine

Shannon McClendon

Silver Spring, MD—This year, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) commemorates its 30th anniversary. Over the course of three decades, ANCC has set the global standard for excellence in nursing credentialing and empowered nurses to provide high-caliber care to countless patients across the globe by recognizing and emphasizing the importance of quality in all aspects of nursing practice.

It is important to reflect on and appreciate the strong foundation that has allowed ANCC to flourish and grow in reach and impact.  It is equally important to reflect on the unprecedented year that was 2020.

In combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses continue to display incredible resolve, expertise, and professionalism in the face of extraordinary circumstances. We at ANCC are so incredibly proud of all nurses do to provide safe, high quality care to the millions of patients across all care settings, roles, and specialties.

May is Nurses’ Month, a time to honor the immense contributions of our nation’s nurses. Nurses have never been more visible, be it excelling, leading, and innovating during a global pandemic or educating the public about COVID-19 vaccines and precautions that slow the spread. The simple fact is that every day, nurses make vital contributions across all areas of the health care system that improve the health and well-being of our communities. 


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.


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