Medical City McKinney celebrated Certified Nurses Day on Thursday, March 21 by honoring more than 145 board certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.

Like physicians, board certification of nurses is playing an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. A wide array of board certification including Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Critical Care Nurse and Certification in Obstetrics entails extensive education and specialty training as well as a strong personal commitment to advanced clinical knowledge. Certification validates a nurse's expertise and distinguishes them as a leader in their field of care.

Medical City McKinney encourages national board certification for all of its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or a primary care provider.

Many nursing programs provide a wide range of specialized certifications. National nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.