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Retired Certified Nurse Recognition Program

SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to COVID-related restrictions, Retired Certified Nurse Recognition wall certificates will be processed and shipped, quarterly. Applications will still be processed and mugs will be shipped on time.

ANCC celebrates retired nurses for their lifetime of contributions to patients, students, colleagues, and healthcare organizations. Achieving and maintaining ANCC certification is a personal and professional achievement that continually demonstrates a commitment to nursing excellence and quality patient care.


The Retired Certified Nurse Recognition grants adapted use of certification credentials to include the addition of – Retired. For example: RN-BC—Retired or FNP-BC—Retired. The retired credential may only be used on business cards, a curriculum vitae or resume. The credential may not be used on patient charts or records, professional name badges, or after a signature.

Retired certified nurses who qualify also receive a congratulations letter, wall certificate and a complimentary coffee mug with the ANCC logo.


To qualify for retired recognition, you must:

  • Be retired from nursing with no plans to return to active nursing practice
  • Hold a current, unrestricted RN license at the time of retirement
  • Be certified in good standing with ANCC
  • Submit an application up to one year after the expiration of your latest ANCC certification renewal date.

If you wish to re-certify after obtaining retired status, you must meet all current certification eligibility requirements at that time. The retired credential may not be used for any licensing requirements for advanced practice nurses.

Apply Now!

Download Retired Certified Nurse Application [pdf]


This is a one-time (not annual) fee.

American Nurses Association Members $75
Regular/Nonmember  $100



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