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ABNS February E-News and Updates

6 Feb 2018 8:37 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

February 2018 E-News

Call for Member Milestones

Please be sure to contact the ABNS Executive Office if you wish to report an organizational milestone, such recognition may include:

  • A special anniversary for a certification

  • A special anniversary for years of membership with ABNS

Please send the notice by email, abns@nursingcertification.org. Recognition will be made at the Spring Conference Business Meeting.

ABNS Nominations and Notice of Vote

Thank you to all of those who submitted nominations for the open positions on the Nominating Committee. Your service is vital to the success of the ABNS and is extremely appreciated. The vote for the Nominated Committee candidates will be held at the Spring 2018 meeting.

Members will be asked to vote for the candidates for the Nominating Committee at the Spring 2018 Conference. The nominees are:

Amy Grand, MSN, RN, Credentialing Specialist
Certification Manager, Board of Certifications for Emergency Nursing
In my role as Certification Manager of BCEN, I have participated in the recruitment, verification of eligibility, creation of slate of applicants and presentation of candidates to BCEN Board representatives for various nominations for awards (e.g. annual distinguished CFRN/CTRN award) and BCEN volunteers. I feel that the activities I participate in for award nominations would be very similar to the activities that the Nominating Committee participates in when presenting ABNS nominees to the Board of Directors and member organizations. I communicate very well with my colleagues and adhere to timelines and deadlines.

I can contribute to the vision and mission of ABNS by continuing to promote the value of specialty nursing certification. I encourage nurses who practice within the emergency spectrum (trauma, flight, pediatric emergency and ground transport) to obtain a certification, maintain a certification, and promote certification amongst their peers and managers who also support the value of specialty nursing certification. Additionally, by supporting and functioning in my role as Certification Manager, I always have BCEN and ABNS’s missions at the forefront of my mind and practice, which seeks to recognize that nurses with specialty nursing certification contribute noticeably to patient care and provide quality nursing care.” BCEN recently conducted a Value of Certification study for the CEN credential with very positive results. I will continue to be involved in the dissemination of this research and in future additional research related to the value of specialty nursing certification.

Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN
Executive Director, American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
I am a good team player; self-directed, diligent and enjoy immersing myself in other roles in associations. I have experience with other associations for nominations role in AOHP (local and national) and AAOHN at the local level and would like to be more immersed with ABNS roles.

ABNS is the authoritative resource and voice for issues of specialty nursing certification: I have written an article on certified nursing to distribute to non-nursing venues with similar interests as our specialty. I try to post weekly on LinkedIn with issues and topics that relate to specialty nursing certification. I have presented on the Value of Certification to my membership associations. I am completing my Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Organizational Development and plan to complete my Capstone regarding the value of certification. I really feel the need to have research to demonstrate the impact of certified nursing related to outcomes. I want to work with our membership organizations to begin this process to demonstrate the importance of certification for employers and work place safety as a means to reach more nurses.

There will also be a vote to change the ABNS Bylaws to include a position of "Immediate Past President," to serve as a director on the ABNS Board.


  1. An Immediate Past President would support the board by providing opinion and leadership regarding past practices and other matters in governing the organization.
  2. An Immediate Past President would help to ensure a smoother transition from President-Elect to President by providing expertise gained during his/her term as leader of the organization.
  3. An Immediate Past President would provide leadership and support to the nominating committee members when vetting potential board members who wish to serve in any capacity.
  4. To achieve these goals, the ABNS Bylaws will need to be amended as outlined in the pdf draft available at http://www.nursingcertification.org/resources/proposal.pdf on pages 2, 3, 4 and 6.

ABNS Spring 2018 Conference

Visit the conference pages at http://www.nursingcertification.org/spring2018 and make plans to attend.

Guest rooms are booking fast, the group rate is available unit February 8 or when rooms sell out, visit
 http://www.nursingcertification.org/spring2018 to book your room and register.

ABNS Spring 2018 Conference Schedule

(subject to change)

Time Thursday
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)
Time Friday
8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.00
Accreditation Overview and Q & A by ABSNC Board of Directors
  • Also see the ABSNC Accreditation Questions Table in the Registration Area throughout the day.
9am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 2.75
ABNS Assembly Meeting
12noon - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 3:30pm
CE/CAE: 1.75
Organizational Sharing
3:30pm - 5pm
CE/CAE: 1.50
Update on the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing


5:30pm - 6:30pm


Time Saturday
8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.50
21st Century Nursing Workforce Predictions
  • Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
    Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Montana State University
10am - 10:15am BREAK
10:15am - 11:45am
CE/CAE: 1.50
Perspectives: Panel and Dialogue on How the Predictions will Affect Certification
  • Al Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN; Drexel University
  • Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
  • Michael R. Bleich, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN
12noon ADJOURN

Registration Rates - Download the registration form

  • Regular or Affiliate Member (first or second attendee): $450
  • Regular or Affiliate Member (additional attendee(s) after 2): $400
  • Auditor (individuals whose organizations are not ABNS members): $600

Sponsorship Opportunities - Download the registration form
For additional information or for sponsorship opportunities not listed below, contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Acount Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org

  • Breakfast (Saturday): $3,000
  • Lunch (Friday): $4,200
  • Morning Break (Saturday): $2,000
  • Opening Reception: $4,200

Registration and Method of Payment
Payment must be made by check, click here to download the registration form. Make check payable to ABNS, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216. Registration and payment must be received on or before February 23, 2017. Refunds will not be issued after February 23.

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American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS)
3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
P: 205-795-7127


Please Note

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do not administer certification programs.

This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.

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