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

Friday, March 6

7:45am - 9am

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8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 1. Overview and Update of ABSNC Accreditation Activities
  • Presentation Slides
  • 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
  • Presentation Slides
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®; Chief Executive Officer, Competency and Credentialing Institute
  • Carissa Homme, PhD; Senior 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

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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 3a. Quality Improvement Initiatives by SeaCrest

Quality Management - Adopting an Always Improving Approach


  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 3b. Best Practices for Recertifications by CCI

Building an Ecosystem for Your New Recertification Model

  • Presentation Slides
  • Lisa Alikhan, BA; Senior Manager, Governance & Accreditation
  • Carissa Homme, PhD; Senior 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 3c. Business Operations Initiatives by Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and Heuristics

Build Your Program Using Organizational Payments

  • Presentation Slides
  • 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 3d. Innovations by American Board of Perianesthia Nursing Certification, Inc.

Process Innovation: Turning Challenges into Opportunities in Nursing Certification

  • Presentation Slides
  • 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 3e. Candidate Experience/Marketing by Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board

Making Exam Prep a Pillar of a Certification Program

  • Presentation Slides
  • 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
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3:45pm – 4:20pm 3f. Innovations by AACN Certification Corporation and PSI Services

LOFTy Goals

  • Presentation Slides
  • 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 3g. Business Operation Initiatives by Certemy

Consolidating the Management of Continuing Education Across Certification and Licensing Requirements (Video Conference)


  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

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

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

Session 4. ABNS Assembly Meeting


  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)

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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

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the current recertification requirements in your organization?
  2. What, if any, new requirements or changes to your current requirements are you considering or have you put in place in the past 12 months?
  3. Why have you chosen these?
  4. Download the current ABSNC Accreditation Standards for Examination-Based Certification Programs. Standard 13 (current wording) can be found on page 36.


  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.



Organizational Sharing Presentation Order

1. National Registry of Emergency
Medical Technicians
6. PSI Services LLC
7. Prometric
10. BCEN
11. RNCB (Rehab)
15. Certemy
19. NNCC
20. NLN
21. C-NET
22. ANCC
23. ANCB
24. Scantron
25. HPCC
26. Heuristics
27. Consulting in Competency
Management and Education
28. NCC
30. CCI
31. SeaCrest Consulting
32. AONL

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.

ABNS Spring 2020 Conference

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

ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

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