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Time Friday, Oct 8
7:45 - 9am
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8 - 8:45am
CE/CAE: 0.75

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.
8:45 - 9:15am
CE/CAE: 0.50

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.


  • Call to Order
  • Review/ Approval of the Agenda
  • Approval of Consent Agenda:
    • Prior Meeting Minutes - March 5, 2021
    • Executive Office Report - October 2021
  • Introduction of ABNS Board of Directors & Staff
  • Recognition of First Time Attendees
  • Committee/Liaison Reports and Updates
  • Recruiting for Committee Positions
  • Review of Certification Surveys/Projects
  • Conferences Beginning Spring 2022
  • Anniversaries & Milestones
  • Old/New Business
    9:15 - 10am
    CE/CAE: 0.75

    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. 
    10 - 10:30am


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    10:30 - 12noon
    CE/CAE: 1.50

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

    • 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.
      12noon - 1:30


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      1:30 - 3pm
      CE/CAE: 1.50

      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 Details:

      Part 1: A 30-minute pre-recorded presentation by Dr. Marian Altman.
      Part 2: A 1-hour audience/attendee participation panel, please be prepared to discuss Vaccine Hesitancy issues within your organization. In-person and virtual attendees are invited to participate, if you would like to designate a contact person to speak on your organizations behalf please contact the ABNS Executive Office

          3 - 3:30pm


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          3:30 - 5pm
          CE/CAE: 1.50

          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.
            5:30 - 6:30pm

            Welcome Reception

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            Time Saturday, Oct 9
            7:30 - 8:30am

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            8:30 - 10am
            CE/CAE: 1.50

            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.
            10 - 10:30am


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            10:30 - 12noon
            30 minutes each
            CE/CAE: 1.50
             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.

            ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

            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.

            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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