ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization governed by an elected group of representatives. We are focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification.
Welcome to the American Board of Nursing Specialties
ABNS member organizations represent almost 930,000 certified registered nurses worldwide in a variety of settings. We have a strong, unified voice. Becoming an ABNS member is the best way to connect with other nursing credentialing organizations and dialogue about the specific issues nurses face.
The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council, is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry. Accreditation is available for both ABNS member and non-member organizations. Learn more about ABSNC in the Accreditation section.
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.
website contains information specific to specialty nursing
certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing