ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

ABNS Spring 2019 Conference

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

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Grand Hyatt Hotel
2900 Bayport Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Contact the hotel at 813-874-1234 and mention the ABNS Spring Conference to receive the following group rates:

  • $229 per night Single/Double
  • $254 per night Triple, $279 per night Quad
  • Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 12%

The group rate is available until central time on January 25, 2019 or when rooms sell out. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Reserve your guest room online.

Registration Rates

Bundled registrations with a valid credit card are now available! Click here to register online, or download a PDF registration form.

  • Regular or Affiliate Member (first or second attendee): $450
  • Regular or Affiliate Member (additional attendee(s) after 2): $400
  • Auditor (individuals whose organizations are not ABNS members): $600

Sponsorship Opportunities

Select your sponsorship online, or download a PDF registration form. For additional information or for sponsorship opportunities not listed below, contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Account Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org

  • Welcome Reception: $4,200
  • Breakfast (Friday or Saturday): $3,000
  • Breaks (Friday AM; Saturday AM): $2,000


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 Assembly Meeting
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    President, ABNS


  • To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  • To discuss open elected positions in the organization.


  • Call to Order
  • Review/Approval of Agenda
  • Announcements:
    • Sponsorships
    • Contact and CAE Hours
    • ABNS Board of Directors/Staff
    • 1st Time Participants
    • Speakers
  • Appointment of Parliamentarian and Election Teller
  • Approval of Consent Agenda:
    • Prior assembly meeting minutes
    • ABNS organizational report & statement of financial position
  • Committee/Liaison Reports and Updates:
    • Awards and Recognition Committee
    • Research Committee
    • Nominations and Elections (Chair: Denise Knoblauch)
      • President-Elect: Janie Schumaker
      • Member at Large: Sheryl Traficano
      • Public Member: Board of Director vote
    • Matters of Urgency - Board and Committee Resignations - Call for Volunteers to fill the following positions:
      • President Elect (Shannon Stone)
      • Secretary/Treasurer (Karen Nason)
      • Nominating Committee Chair (Denise Knoblauch)
    • Membership vote to fill open positions
  • Celebrating Milestones and Anniversaries of ABNS Member Organizations
  • Member Certification Survey Results and Discussion
  • Unfinished Business
  • New Business
    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

    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


    1. The participant will recognize an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act as they relate to reasonable accommodation for certification testing.
    2. The participant will discuss exemptions to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    3. The participant will discuss recent legal principles and decisions that relate to certification testing to accommodate test takers with disabilities.
    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


    1. Describe “the healthcare crisis within” of incivility, bullying, and toxic emotional negativity in the workplace and the way it contributes to stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue.
    2. Describe the three essential elements needed to move from a culture of accountability to a culture of ownership.
    3. Discuss the value of specialty nursing certification in a culture of professional ownership.



    Cancellation Policy
    Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

    • Through January 25: 90% of registration fees.
    • Beginning January 26: No refund due to cancellation.


    Please Note

    Regarding Verification of Credentials
    ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do 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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