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The ABNS Research & Innovation Award recognizes an individual or an organization (e.g., credentialing/certification board) that has developed or created an innovative and transformative product, system, or process leading to enhancement in practice or approaches in research, credentialing, or accreditation in nursing. This award acknowledges noteworthy contributions to advancement related to the value of specialty nursing certification and research.


The Research and Innovation Award recognizes individual representatives of ABNS member organizations or the organizations themselves. All nominees must be active members of ABNS as demonstrated by ongoing involvement in and contribution to ABNS activities. Nominee must be an individual representative of an ABNS member organization or the organization itself. Individual members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for the award, however the organizations they represent are eligible. The ABNS Awards and Recognition Committee, and their organizations, are not eligible for the award. Nominees will exemplify the ABNS vision and mission as advocates for specialty nursing certification. All nominees are pioneers whose work will continue to affirm ABNS and its value to the health care community. Research or innovation must relate to the Mission of ABNS: ABNS promotes the value of specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.


A nominee’s achievements in nursing research and innovation related to specialty nursing certification will be evaluated according to the following criteria:  

  • Active participation in ABNS and/or ABSNC, with demonstrated involvement in activities that advance the visibility, mission, and vision of those organizations
  • Quality of research/innovation submission
  • Novelty and innovative nature of the achievement
  • Impact on specialty nursing certification and/or practice
  • Applicability to other stakeholders/organizations
  • Dissemination efforts
DEADLINE: January 31. 2024

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