in mind that an organization's vision statement provides a clear and
compelling roadmap or direction for where it's going, the ABNS vision is
all that and more!
ABNS promotes the value of specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.
Our HistorySupported by funding from the Macy Foundation, ABNS was incorporated in 1991 after three years of dialogue within the nursing community to create uniformity in nursing certification and to increase public awareness of the value of quality certification to health care. Certification, as defined by the ABNS, is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.
Our organizational values provide the guiding principles for all that we do. They serve as the foundation for the decisions we make and the activities we engage in.
ABNS is committed to:
IntegrityABNS exhibits integrity and earns trust through demonstrated member responsiveness, transparency in all activities and decision-making processes, and a commitment to an accreditation program based on peer-reviewed and research-based standards.
Consumer ProtectionAs an association comprised of specialty nursing certification organizations, ABNS supports the role certified nurses play in promoting optimal health outcomes and ensures that its accreditation standards are driven by the needs of health care consumers.
QualityABNS is committed to providing the highest level of quality products and services and will engage in evidence-based improvement activities to ensure that quality, as defined by the members, is consistently achieved.
Collegiality, Inclusion, and Mutual RespectABNS encourages and respects diversity of thought. We embrace the belief that we can achieve more as a group than any of us can as individual member organizations.
ExcellenceABNS promotes excellence as the minimum desirable standard for specialty nursing.