Margretta Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN

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Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles was dedicated to promoting quality in nursing and health care. As the architect of the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing in the 1970s, Dr. Styles recognized the critical importance of credentialing before broad awareness of its value for nursing had been achieved.

Her work had a global impact on the nursing profession. By creating, developing, and implementing standards and credentials for nurses, Dr. Styles became a pioneer for recognizing and differentiating quality and advanced knowledge in nursing practice. In the 1980s, she spearheaded the definitive work of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on nursing regulation. A driving force behind the creation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), she laid the groundwork for expanding nurse certification services and programs in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Styles was the only nurse to be president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the ICN, the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Styles was dean and professor of the University of Texas School of Nursing, San Antonio; Wayne State University, Detroit; and the University of California, San Francisco. She was the author of several books and articles on socialization and professionalism.

A recipient of eight honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, and Greece as well as numerous other awards from academic and professional organizations, Dr. Styles was also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine, and the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. In May 2005, ICNrecognized her for her worldwide contributions with the award of the Christiane Reimann Prize, the profession’s most prestigious international honor.

See video of Dr. Styles Acceptance Speech Below

Why is credentialing research important?

Credentialing research in nursing addresses many questions encompassing licensure, certification, accreditation, and other formal recognition programs. The area provides numerous opportunities for scholarly inquiry, such as studies that examine how credentialing standards and credentialing processes link to nursing competence, professional practice, patient satisfaction, patient care and safety, and the overall success of healthcare providers and organizations in meeting their goals for protecting the public.

What is the Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Fund?

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has sponsored research grants to scholars investigating the relationship of credentialing in nursing to quality outcomes in health care since 2002 to stimulate and support research on the impact of credentialing processes in nursing for consumers, healthcare employers and employees, policymakers, nurses, and the nursing profession. The current award amount is $25,000.

Beginning in 2009, proposals for the Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Fund Grant will be submitted through the ANF Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program. (See 2013 Nursing Researh Grant Application Below).

Help Us Continue Dr. Styles’ Legacy

ANCC and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) continue the important work of Dr. Styles by providing grant money to new and experienced nurse researchers who investigate relevant issues in credentialing. Your tax-deductible contribution to this endowment will help ensure continued support of this essential work in advancing the nursing profession and improving patient care. Use the link below to make a donation. Please type STYLES FUND in the Comment section of the application form.