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. The ABNS mission statement is, “to promote the value of
specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.”
ABNS sponsors four awards for the specialty nursing certification community
Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest and most prestigious award given in
recognition by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the
field of nursing specialty certification. This award is given in recognition of
an individual working in the field who has made a significant and lasting
impact on the field through their professional accomplishments and
The ABNS Award for Rising Leader recognizes those early in their career who demonstrate exceptional promise and who have already made a significant impact in advancing the nursing certification industry.
The Janel Parker President’s Award recognizes an individual or organization within
the ABNS membership that has made significant contributions to specialty
nursing certification and to the association.
award for Research and Innovation recognizes an individual or ABNS member
organization for outstanding achievement in research and innovative practices
related to nursing specialty certification.
Awards Specific to ABNS Members
ABNS also celebrates Member Milestones, honoring member achievements including program and certification anniversaries. View the ABNS News for milestone announcements.
Regarding Verification of Credentials
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