In memory of Janel Parker, MSN, RN, CNN Past President, ABNS
Janel Parker, ABNS President from 1991 - 1993, specialized in nephrology nursing for more than 20 years and was a nationally recognized leader, author and speaker. Early in her career she recognized the value of specialty nursing certification and was a cofounder of the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. As an early advocate for nursing certification, she worked tirelessly to create an ABNS structure that promotes nursing certification as a means to recognize quality nursing care. Her commitment to ABNS, as evidenced by the numerous volunteer roles she held, continues to be an inspiration to its members. Janel is remembered for her energy, vision, and passion for specialty nursing certification!
The Janel Parker Presidents Award is given biennially to recognize an individual or organization within the ABNS membership that has made significant contributions to specialty nursing certification and to the association.
The Janel Parker Presidents Award recognizes individual representatives of ABNS member organizations or the organizations themselves. All nominees must be active members of ABNS as demonstrated by ongoing involvement in and contribution to ABNS activities. Individual members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for the award, however the organizations they represent are. The ABNS Awards and Recognition Committee, and their organizations, are not eligible for the award. Nominees will exemplify the ABNS vision and mission as advocates for specialty nursing certification. All nominees are pioneers whose work will continue to affirm ABNS and its value to the health care community.
A nominee’s support of specialty nursing certification will be evaluated according to the following broadly defined criteria:
Past recipients of the ABNS Janel Parker President’s award include:
The Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) for its dedication to and leadership in advancing research in the specialty nursing certification field.
National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC) for their work in executing the “Certified Nurses are Everywhere” campaign, a public education program focused on communicating the value of specialty certification for nurses to the public.
The Board of Certification for Emergency Room Nursing (BCEN) for their work with the State Boards of Nursing to recognize nursing certification as a proxy for re-licensure.