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Live Sessions - Friday, Oct 2

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11am - 12:30pm
CE/CAE: 1.50

Session 1. How we can better CARE for all those in our service - Our team; our boss; our families; ourselves; and especially our patients
  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Alex Draper

Learner Objectives:

  1. How to CARE for ourselves & our team so we can provide those we serve with what they need.
  2. How to collaborate effectively for the greater good of those we serve.
  3. How to work efficiently as a team no matter where we're located.
12:30pm - 12:45pm


12:45pm - 1:45pm
CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    President, ABNS
  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN, CAE
    CEO, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board; President-Elect, ABNS


Learner Objectives:

  1. To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  2. To discuss open elected positions in the organization.
1:45pm - 2pm


2pm - 2:30pm
CE/CAE: 0.50
Session 3. ABSNC Accreditation Update
  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Marianne Horahan, MBA, MPH, BSN, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, CAE
    President, Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Learner Objectives:

  1. Review and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
  2. Review standards updates and changes.



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Passcode (case sensitive): ABNS-Conf-2020


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CE: 0.75

Session 4. Making the Most of a Job Analysis Without In-Person Interaction

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Amin Saiar, PhD
    Vice President, Psychometrics; PSI Services
  • Cyrus Mirza, PhD
    Psychometrics; PSI Services

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discussion of differences, challenges, and even advantages associated with conducting a “virtual” job analysis.
  2. Recommendations for how to leverage remote meeting tools and meeting facilitation tactics to further the goals of a job analysis.
CE: 0.50

Session 5. Understanding the Power of Public Relations

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Kimberly Dorsey Bronow
    President, Dorsey Communications LLC

Learner Objectives:

  1. Define the goals and scope of strategic public relations.
  2. Differentiate between public relations and marketing.
  3. Assess how to build and grow your certification board’s PR capacity.
CE: 0.75

Session 6. Can Remote Proctoring and Test Center Proctoring Live in Harmony? A Comparison of Statistical Outcomes and Examinee Experience

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Robin L. Bissinger, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN
    Chief Executive Officer National Certification Corporation
  • Amin Saiar, PhD
    Vice President, Psychometrics; PSI Services

Learner Objectives:

  1. Compare the psychometric properties of scores obtained with live remote proctoring examination to the same examinations administered in traditional test centers with onsite proctors.
  2. Describe the examinees perceptions of testing conditions across online remote proctored testing compared to traditional test site proctored conditions.
CE: 0.50

Session 7. Lessons Learned from Implementing Live Remote Proctoring

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN
  • Janice Moore
    CEO, SeaCrest

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the benefits and challenges associated with live remote proctoring (LRP) launch and implementation.
  2. Describe key factors to consider before launching LRP.
  3. Recognize accreditation implications related to LRP.
CE: 0.50

Session 8. A Zillenial’s Take on Social Media / Marketing Strategy

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Briauna Driggers
    Marketing & Communications Coordinator
    Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

Learner Objectives:

  1. Explain the platforms and technology to get started.
  2. Discuss social media strategy.
  3. Discuss tips and tricks on executing strategy successfully.
CE: 0.50

Session 9. Top Strategies for Tackling Test Anxiety

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Christina L. Aranda
    Licensed Psychologist
  • Janell M. Mihelic
    Licensed Psychologist

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe test anxiety and its effects on a test-taker.
  2. Identify the sources of their test anxiety.
  3. Create a concrete plan of action for tackling their test anxiety.
CE: 0.50

Session 10. Tips for Defining Your Best Governance

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Megan H. Balkovic
    Owner, MHB Services, LLC

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe three overarching principles of board governance.
  2. Identify ten basic responsibilities all boards hold.
  3. Create a customized checklist to monitor your organization’s key governance responsibilities.
CE: 0.50

Session 11. Longitudinal Assessment for Continuing Certification: Insights, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Andrew C. Dwyer, PhD
    Director of Psychometrics, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Jared Riel
    Director of Test Development, American Board of Pediatrics

Learner Objectives:

  1. Understand the key drivers behind the ABP’s transition to a longitudinal assessment for continuing certification.
  2. Better understand the benefits and challenges associated with developing and administering a longitudinal assessment.
  3. Learn about potential improvements and future directions that the ABP is considering for its longitudinal assessment.
CE: 0.50

Session 12. Investing in Our Future: A Certificate Program for Aspiring Emergency Nurses

  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    Executive Director, Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss the driving factors for creating a new certificate program for aspiring emergency nurses.
  2. Explain the development process for the BCEN EDvantage certificate program.
  3. Discuss lessons learned from the creation of the BCEN EDvantage certificate program.
CE: 0.50 Session 13. Conducting a Role Delineation Study during a Pandemic
  • Scott Frohn, PhD
    Director of Psychometrics, PSI Services LLC
  • Becky Hanni, MSN, RN
    Certification Programs Manager, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
  • Mary Ellen Rich, MBA
    Director of Credentialing, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify factors that could jeopardize the validity of a role delineation study.
  2. Review techniques that can be used in determining the advisability of proceeding with an RDS during unusual circumstances.
  3. Identify steps that can be taken to monitor an RDS survey sample for representativeness.


Signup online. This virtual conference will be offered at a special rate of $400 per person and an extra incentive: buy 2 - get 1 free!

  • 1 attendee: $400
  • up to 3 attendees: $800
  • up to 6 attendees: $1,600
  • up to 9 attendees: $2,400
  • up to 12 attendees: $3,200


  • Bronze Sponsorship - $500
  • Gold Sponsorship - $1,000
  • Silver Sponsorship - $750

Sponsorship options are available online, see the registration page or contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Account Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org.

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