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Resources & Research Initiatives

ABNS promotes research activities that advance knowledge regarding specialty nursing certification. The Research Committee is charged with implementing tactics and projects that support our strategic goals related to research including:

  • Establishing a national nursing certification research agenda.
  • Encouraging and facilitating the conduct and dissemination of research on nursing certification and continued competency.


ABNS Research Studies and Project Sharing Reports

ABNS is committed to disseminating information about research and evaluation studies – past or present. Therefore, the Research Committee has developed a research project sharing process. This is an opportunity for researchers and organizations to collaborate on projects, learn from others, and publicize their work. Click to view the Research and Evaluation Project Sharing Form.

Specialty Nursing Certification Survey

Mar 2021

ABNS surveyed US-based credentialing organizations to describe the scope of specialty certifications available to RNs and APRNs.

Certification Bibliography

Mar 2021

ABNS provides this Nursing Certification Bibliography of published literature relative to registered nurse specialty certification.

COVID-19 Impact on Certification Survey

Mar 2021

Value of Specialty Nursing Certification

Aug 2018

Value of Certification Convening

Mar 2016

The Relationship Between Nursing Certification and Patient Outcomes:
A Review of the Literature

Mar 2014

A Study of Alternate Item Formats in Accredited Certification Programs

Jan 2014

Certification Program Governance:
Where are we now?

Dec 2013

Defining Features Of Quality Certification And Assessment-Based Certificate Programs

Aug 2007

Consensus Model for APRN Regulation:
Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education

Jul 2008

This document defines APRN practice, describes the
regulatory model, the emergence of new roles and population
foci, and presents strategies for implementation.

ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS 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.

This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.

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