Recognition Ideas

Celebrate PNCB-certified staff, like these Certified Pediatric Nurses at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Recognition for Nurses

Luncheons during special event weeks. Features in employer newsletters and websites. A monthly reception honoring newly certified nurses... These are all great ways to support your staff and encourage others to seek certification. Below are more ideas for honoring certified staff. If you have additional thoughts to share, please email

NEW! Free CPN Digital Resources Kit full of posters, brand new greeting cards, treat/gift labels, and more to celebrate and inform others about certification! Looking for some goodies to gift? Check out our Storefront.

Certified Nurses Day

Each year on March 19th, certified nurses are honored with their own special day of recognition. March 19th is the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN (1903-2005). Known as the "Mother of Nurse Credentialing," Styles was a visionary scholar with an international impact on the nursing profession. Download free posters and notecards to celebrate: 8.5 x 11" poster - 11 x 17" poster - 18 x 24 poster - Thank you notecard - Congratulations notecard

  • New for 2023! CPN Digital Resources Kit full of posters, brand new greeting cards, treat/gift labels, and more  to congratulate, thank, and encourage. 
  • New for 2023! PNCB Storefront, grab some goodies like T-shirts, drinkware and more to celebrate.  
  • CPN graphics for email or social media to congratulate, thank, and encourage.

The Wall of Distinction

Creating a PNCB Wall of Distinction tells your nurses that you value their commitment to certification and explains this important professional milestone to the public. Print a Wall of Distinction poster or order a plaque. For ideas to create your own Wall, and see what others have done, see our Wall of Distinction webpage.


Pinning Ceremonies

Nurses who achieve PNCB certification can order a lapel pin displaying their credential from our gear store. If you are planning an event to honor newly certified RNs, consider coordinating a pinning ceremony to acknowledge their achievement.


"5 or More" Employer Recognition

Did you know that the PNCB recognizes healthcare facilities with five or more Certified Pediatric Nurses on staff? Hospitals achieving this distinction receive a certificate of recognition from the PNCB for the pursuit of excellence by their CPNs and are welcome to share a photo of their PNCB-certified nurses for posting on our website. See the list.

CPN Plaque

Faces of Certification

PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the US and beyond. Share your photo today!

Tyneisha Orr, CPNP-PC Swope Health Central Pediatrics Kansas City, MO
Amairani Jimenez, CPN Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii
Gia Nguyen, CPNP-AC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Arlington, VA
View more Faces of Certification