ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

ABNS Spring 2020 Conference

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel  ~  March 5 - 7, 2020  ~  Atlanta, Georgia

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Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

Reserve your guest room online

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Contact the hotel at 404-659-6500, and mention the ABNS Spring Conference, or reserve your guest room online to receive the following group rates:

  • $139 per night Single/Double
  • Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 16.9%

The group rate is available until central time on February 20 or when rooms sell out. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Registration Rates

Click here to register online or download a pdf.

  • 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

Select your sponsorship online. For additional information or for sponsorship opportunities not listed below, contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Account Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org.

  • Friday Lunch: $4,200.00

Cancellation Policy
Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

  • Through February 20: 90% of registration fees.
  • Beginning February 21: No refund due to cancellation.


Time Thursday, March 5
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)
Time Friday, March 6
7:45am - 9am

Sponsored by:

8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 1. Overview and Update of ABSNC Accreditation Activities
  • Marianne Horahan, MBA, MPH, BSN, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, CAE; President, Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification


  1. Review and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
  2. Review standards updates and changes.
9am - 9:15am

Sandra Schafer Award Update

  • Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC; Director, ABSNC
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC; President, ABNS
9:15am - 10:15am
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 2.  PVCT Results and Analysis
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®; Chief Executive Officer, Competency and Credentialing Institute
  • Carissa Homme, PhD; Manager of Test Development & Certification


  1. Review results of the study and discuss implications for the continued use of the PVCT in studies that ABNS members may conduct independently.
10:15am - 10:30am

Sponsored by:

10:30am - 5pm
CE/CAE: 4.50
Session 3. The Latest and Greatest for Our Members!
See session topics, presenters and objectives below. Each session will be 35 minutes including Q and A.
10:30am – 11:05pm Quality Improvement Initiatives by SeaCrest

Quality Management - Adopting an Always Improving Approach

  • Janice Moore, CEO, SeaCrest


  1. Describe the basic components of a quality management system framework.
  2. Understand the benefits of a quality management system.
  3. Design tools for implementing a quality management system.
11:10am – 11:45pm Best Practices for Recertifications by CCI

Building an Ecosystem for Your New Recertification Model

  • Lisa Alikhan, BA; Senior Manager, Governance & Accreditation
  • Carissa Homme, PhD; Manager of Test Development & Certification


  1. Review highlights from the Competency & Credentialing Institute’s transition to a new recertification model.
  2. Learn to create a framework to obtain stakeholder support at the board and operational levels for your new recertification model.
  3. Describe how various organizational components (governance, operations, membership, volunteers) can be deployed to successfully implement your new model.
11:45pm – 1:15pm


1:20pm – 1:55pm Business Operations Initiatives by Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and Heuristics

Build Your Program Using Organizational Payments

  • Annette Bush, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN; Director of Credentialing, HPCC
  • Keisha Davidson, MBA; Credentialing Programs Associate, HPCC
  • Karen Cantor, Implementation Analyst, HPCC


  1. Describe three models for allowing organizations to reduce the financial burden of certification on their program participants.
  2. Weight the benefits and constraints of each model.
  3. Consider whether any of the models will benefit their organization.
2pm – 2:35pm Innovations by American Board of Perianesthia Nursing Certification, Inc.

Process Innovation: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in Nursing Certification

  • Vicki Yfantis, MSN, RN, CRNP, CPAN; President, ABPANC
  • Krista Paternostro Bower, MPA, CAE; CEO, ABPANC


  1. Participants will identify how effectively using customer feedback and industry analysis can position the organization to meet the needs of constituents.
  2. Participants will identify effective methods to advance the certification experience for all customers.
2:40pm – 3:15pm Candidate Experience/Marketing by Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board

Making Exam Prep a Pillar of a Certification Program

  • Michael J. Kingan, DNP, AGPNP-BC, RN, CWOCN, President, WOCNCB
  • Cindy Lemek, MA, CAE, Executive Director, WOCNCB


  1. Review development process for exam prep flashcards and mobile app flashcards.
  2. Identify selection factors for a mobile app vendor.
  3. Review ways to incorporate exam prep into certification marketing.
3:15pm – 3:45pm BREAK
Sponsored by:
3:45pm – 4:20pm Innovations by AACN Certification Corporation and PSI Services

LOFTy Goals

  • Cindi Noe, MSN, RN; Certification Practice Specialist, AACN
  • Daniel H. Breidenbach, PhD; Director of Psychometrics, PSI Services


  1. Explain the concept of Linear On-the-Fly Testing (LOFT).
  2. Explain advantages and challenges of (LOFT).
  3. Understand motivation for AACN’s implementation.
4:25pm – 5:05pm Business Operation Initiatives by Certemy

Consolidating the Management of Continuing Education Across Certification and Licensing Requirements

  • Oleg Shvarts, Founder & President, Certemy


  1. Review the current requirements for nursing continuing education across board certification and State licenses and the challenges that these multiple requirements present to nurses.
  2. Review a proof-of-concept illustration of how a solution to this challenge is about to be tested in the CME/Medical space.
  3. Explore the potential application of this solution for nursing certification boards and the nurses they serve.
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Sponsored by:

Time Saturday, March 7
7:30am - 8:30am

Sponsored by:

8:30am - 9:30am
CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 4. ABNS Assembly Meeting

  • 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


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

10:30am - 10:45am
(during organizational sharing)

Sponsored by:

9:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 2.00
Session 5. Organizational Sharing, Standard 13 and Recertification Marketing and Strategies
  • 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


  1. To describe innovative models of recertification.
  2. To discuss different models of organizational collaboration.
  3. To discuss how nursing workforce demands may affect certification.



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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