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Session 1. ABSNC Accreditation Update

  • John Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FNAP, APN; ABSNC President; Chicago, Illinois

Learner Objectives:

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

Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting

  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE; ABNS President; Pitman, New Jersey

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  2. Discuss open elected positions in the organization.

Session 3. Update on CFPN Credential

  • Carissa Homme, PhD, PMP; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado
  • Shannon Maio, BA, MA; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado
  • Lisa Alikhan, BA; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado

Learner Objectives:

  1. Detail the demographic shift in the specialty of perioperative nursing.
  2. Describe one challenge of working with early career nurses.
  3. Articulate the utility of self-assessment instruments of nursing competency.
  4. List one key learning point for the use of project management in the development of certifications.

Session 4. Diagnostic Errors: Nurses and Nurse Practitioner Partnerships for Accurate Diagnosis

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  • Andrew P. J. Olson, MD, FACP, FAAP; University of Minnesota Medical School; Minneapolis

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the burden and etiology of diagnostic errors in health care.
  2. Discuss the role of teamwork – especially that involving nurses – in improving diagnostic performance.
  3. Identify potential barriers to improving diagnosis through teamwork.

Session 5. Vaccine Hesitancy & The Nurses Role

  • Marian Altman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CCRN-K; American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; Richmond, Virginia

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe common areas of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines that contribute to vaccine hesitancy.
  2. Discuss how to counter misinformation and vaccine hesitancy based on evidence.

Session 6. Update on California Legislation AB890

  • Tay Kopanos, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP; VP Government Affairs; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Austin, Texas

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the political landscape impacting nursing licensure nationally and how that shaped California’s new law.
  2. Articulate the impact of a state-based certification requirement.
  3. Discuss the role of certifying boards in response and in future legislative efforts impacting certification exams and the profession.

Session 7. Creating the 21st Century Nursing Workforce Needed by Society: Building on Our Strengths to Address Post Pandemic Health Needs of Society

  • Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h); Montana State University, College of Nursing; Bozeman, Montana

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss pre- and post-pandemic trends in employment for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing aides and assistants.
  2. Discuss trends in the pandemic’s impact on unemployment of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing aides and assistants by employment setting and racial composition.
  3. Describe the implications of the immediate impacts of the pandemic on potential shortages of nurses.
  4. Describe the factors driving entry and exit from the nursing workforce, and their implications for the future number of nurses over the current decade.

 Session 8. Addressing the Psychometric Challenges of Dual-Mode Test Delivery

  • Brett Foley, PhD; Alpine Testing Solutions
  • Corina M. Owens, PhD; Alpine Testing Solutions

Learner Objectives:

  1. Learn how differences in candidate experience and security and delivery modes can threaten the validity of credentialing decisions.
  2. Learn how critical evaluation of delivery modes and accompanying policy updates can help to ensure the psychometric equivalence of examinee results across modes.

Session 9. To Launch or Not: Measuring Feasibility for a New Certification Program

  • Cynthia Allen, MA; SeaCrest; Alexandria, Virginia

Learner Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between credentialing products (certificate vs certification).
  2. Provide a framework for their association’s leadership to adequately consider starting a new program or credentialing product.
  3. Improve their management of the process to start a new certification program. 

Session 10. Doubling down on DEI - An Organizational Initiative to Diversify, Engage, and Include

  • Lisa Alikhan, BA; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado
  • Lisa Rosenfield, MA; Competency & Credentialing Institute; Englewood, Colorado

Learner Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance, and rationale of a DEI initiative to the Competency & Credentialing Institute's (CCI) strategic plan.
  2. Describe how CCI incorporated core principles of DEI into the design of their Diversity Initiative.
  3. Describe how to develop a DEI initiative to satisfy the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  4. Explain primary considerations to ensure a successful DEI initiative.
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Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS does not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS does not administer certification programs.

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