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February 2019 E-News

15 Feb 2019 9:25 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

February 2019 E-News

Board Nominations - Your Help is Needed!

There are 3 very important positions within the ABNS leadership that must be filled immediately. The ABNS President Elect (previously held by Shannon Stone), ABNS Secretary/Treasurer (previously held by Karen Nason), and the Chair of the ABNS Nominating Committee (previously held by Diane Knoblauch) are all currently open due to unexpected resignations and these positions need to be filled immediately. The position terms are as follows:

  • President Elect: Term would begin immediately and the individual will transition to President on July 1, 2019 for a 2 year term.

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Term would begin immediately and the individual would serve until June 30, 2020.

  • Nominating Committee: Term would begin immediately and the individual would serve until June 30, 2020.

Please contact the ABNS Executive Office if you would like to volunteer to fill these very important positions. Note these positions are separate from the positions of President Elect and Member at Large that will be voted on during the Spring Business Meeting.

Call for Member Milestones

Please contact the ABNS Executive Office if you wish to report an organizational milestone, such recognition may include:

  • A special anniversary for a certification;

  • A special anniversary for years of membership with ABNS.

Please send the notice by email, abns@nursingcertification.org. Recognition will be made at the Spring Conference Business Meeting.

ABNS Spring 2019 Conference

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay  ~  February 28 - March 2, 2019  ~  2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL

Grand Hyatt Hotel
2900 Bayport Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607


(subject to change) see http://www.nursingcertification.org/spring2019 for the complete schedule with objectives.

Event Sponsor

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

Sponsored by:

8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.0
Session 1. Accreditation Overview and Q & A by ABSNC Board of Directors
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM(E)®
    President, ABSNC
9am - 9:15am ABNS Tribute to Sandy Schafer
9:15am - 10am
CE/CAE: 0.75
Session 2. ABNS Business Meeting
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    President, ABNS
10am - 10:30am


10:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 3. Organizational Sharing
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    President, ABNS
  • Shannon G. Stone, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNML, NEA-BC
    President-Elect, ABNS


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


  1. Refer to the Value of Certification Convening Executive Summary.
  2. In advance of the conference, each organization should rank the 4 objectives fby order of importance as determined by your organization.
  3. Be prepared to share examples of how you determined the order of objectives.
  4. ABNS will facilitate a discussion of the objective ranking and creation of objective achievement tasks forces with a charge of creating goals and action plans to achieve the objective.
12noon - 1:30pm

Sponsored by:

1:30pm - 3pm
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 4. The Facilities Perspective on Certification
  • Nancy Simon, NEA-BC, FACHE
    Chief Nurse Executive, HCA Helthcare, Tampa Florida
3pm - 3:30pm BREAK
Sponsored by:

3:30pm - 5pm Session 5. Open  
5:30pm - 6:30pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Sponsored by:


Time Saturday Room
7:30am - 8:30am

Sponsored by:

8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 6. Certification Testing and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Cases and Judicial Decisions
  • Omobola Oyeleye, EdD, JD, MSN, M.Ed, BSN., B.Ed, RN-BC, CNE
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas at Houston
10am - 10:30am


10:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 7. Culture of Ownership with the Value of Specialty Nursing Certifications
    Senior Vice President, Chief Operating and Chief Nursing Officer, Midland Health



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