Former ANA President “Gretta” Styles Honored in Congress

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are proud to announce the achievements of former ANA president Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, were honored today, when Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) read remarks honoring Gretta Styles’ contributions to the nursing profession into the Congressional Record.

In recognition of her distinguished career, ANA and ANCC are hosting a celebration at their Silver Spring headquarters to mark her birthday, March 19, and are seeking to have the day recognized as Certified Nurses Day by the federal government.

“Gretta Styles was an innovator and a pioneer in championing the value of nursing certification,” remarked President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. “ANA is proud to honor her legacy and the dedication of all nursing professionals who strive to pursue nursing excellence through certification.”

Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles is widely recognized as the ‘Mother of Nurse Credentialing”. She was the architect of the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing; she served as president of the American Nurses Association, The International Council of Nurses, the California Board of Registered Nurses, and the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

ANA and ANCC encourage nurses and health care professionals to join in the campaign to have March 19 declared Certified Nurses Day.

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