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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center honors and celebrates Certified Nurses

Date: 03/11/2021

Bangor, Maine (March 11, 2021) – Nurses who pursue certifications bring special expertise and knowledge to patients at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. On March 19, 2021, these individuals will be recognized for their unique contributions on Certified Nurses Day, March 19, 2021. 

Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. In addition, certification benefits patients and their families, validating that the nurses caring for them have demonstrated experience, knowledge, and skills in the complex specialties of critical or progressive care.

Deborah Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center says, “I am proud of the number of nurses at the Medical Center who are dedicated to the profession and their professional development.  Their unwavering persistence to achieve and maintain certification shows their passion and commitment to our medical center and the care of our patients.”

According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2020, more than 1 million nurses in the United States and Canada hold certifications. These certifications are granted by 44 certifying organizations and represent 148 different credentials.

Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification to ensure high standards of patient care and safety. Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Greta” Madden Styles, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

Note: Media wishing to speak with a certified nurse or nurse leader at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center are welcome to contact the office of Marketing and Communications at 207.973.9530 or at