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6 May 2019 11:14 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

May 2019 E-News

American Board of Nursing Specialties Announces New Board and Committee Members

(May 2019 - Birmingham, AL) The American Board of Nursing Specialties announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors and one new member to the Nominating Committee:

  • President Elect: Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC; Executive Director of the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, BCEN
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Rick Meadows, MS, RN, NP-C, FAANP; Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board, AANPCB
  • Nominating Committee: Larry Simmons, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, National League for Nursing, NLN

ABNS President, C. Lynne Grief, announced, "I am pleased to welcome Janie, Rick to our Board, and Larry to our Nominating Committee. They each have a unique background, with diverse experiences that make them an asset to the ABNS Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee, and to the organization as a whole."

Rick, Larry and Janie, along with Terri Hinkley (MSNCB), volunteered to fill these positions via an 'open request' to the membership at the ABNS Assembly Meeting in March when the positions became available due to resignations. Rick and Larry will serve in their respective roles through June 2020. Janie will advance to ABNS President and Terri will begin her term as President Elect in July.

Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC, is the executive director of the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN). An accomplished nurse leader with more than 25 years of experience in health care, Janie has spent the majority of her career in emergency nursing, both at the bedside and in leadership roles. Prior to being named BCEN’s executive director in December 2017, she held multiple nurse executive positions including chief nursing officer (CNO), director of emergency services, and several senior business operations and client experience posts. A strong advocate for professional certification—in particular, board certification for nurses—Janie first earned the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) from BCEN in 1996 and also holds the Certified Professional in Health Quality (CPHQ) and Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) credentials.

Richard (Rick) F. Meadows MS, NP-C, FAANP, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board. He participates on national task force committees and is an invited speaker and panellist at national meetings to represent certification. Mr. Meadows has been involved in the education of nurse practitioners (NPs) since 1978 in a multitude of programs, including military programs, certificate, and master’s degree in education. He maintained an active clinical practice for many years and has held a variety of leadership positions. He served on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) board, and chaired the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Commission. He has participated in forums involving both title protection and prescriptive authority and as a mentor to NPs for advancing legislative agendas. His service has been recognized with national awards, such as the 2016 AANP Sharp Cutting Edge Award and the 2014 ABNS Leaders’ Legacy awards.

Larry E. Simmons, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC is the Director of Certification for the National League for Nursing, having served in that position since 2012. He has more than 20 years of nursing education experience, and recently retired from academia. He does still teach as adjunct faculty in the graduate programs of South University. He established a nursing education consulting business in 2008 and serves as president of the group. His certifications include Certified Nurse Educator® and Nurse Executive Advanced from the ANCC. He has also have received a certificate as a credentialing specialist from the Institute of Credentialing Excellence.

ABNS Board of Directors (through 30-June-2019):

  • President: C. Lynne Grief, PHD, RN, CEN, TCRN
  • President Elect: Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Rick Meadows, MS, RN, NP-C, FAANP
  • Member at Large: Laurie Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
  • Public Member: Carol Zupancic
  • Ex-Officio (ABSNC Rep): James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM(E)®
  • Executive Staff:
    • Robert Ranieri, MBA

ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization governed by an elected group of member representatives. We are focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. ABNS member organizations represent almost 750,000 certified registered nurses worldwide in a variety of settings. We have a strong, unified voice. Becoming an ABNS member organization is the best way to connect with other nursing credentialing organizations and dialogue about the specific issues certified nurses and those seeking certification face.

ABNS Certification Survey

ABNS is requesting your assistance on 2 fronts:

  • First, upon reporting our survey findings at the March 2019 Conference, it was noted that several organizations had not yet completed the survey. The survey is still open and can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abns2018.
  • Second, it was also noted at the conference that several questions were ambiguous or unclear. To resolve these potential issues, ABNS is issuing a call for comments to address and correct these issues. Please review the question bank and send your comments/questions/concerns by to the ABNS Executive Office by email. The deadline for comments is July 1, 2019.

Update on ABNS Research and Grant Funding

In July 2018, ABNS indicated its willingness to support and partially fund a campaign with the Northwest Community Hospital to provide certification for their nurses. Unfortunately, due to leadership changes at the hospital, the project has been put on hold. ABNS is open to collaboration and future opportunities with Northwest Community Hospital or other individuals/organizations. We will keep the membership informed of such opportunities should they become available in the future.

ABNS Fall Conference

Doubletree Hotel O'Hare, October 3-5, 2019

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Contact the hotel at 847-292-9100 and mention the ABNS Fall Conference to receive the following group rates:

  • $145 per night Single/Double

Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 14%. The group rate is available until 5pm central time on Friday, September 13, 2019 or when rooms sell out. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card.

Registration Rates - download the registration form, or signup online.

  • 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 - download the registration form, or signup online.
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
  • Friday Lunch: $4,200
  • Friday PM Break: $2,000
  • Saturday AM Break: $2,000

(subject to change)

Time Thursday, October 3 Room
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)  
Time Friday, October 4 Room
7:45am - 9am


Sponsored by:

8am - 12noon
Morning Sessions  
12noon - 1:30pm LUNCH  
1:30pm - 5pm Afternoon Sessions  
3pm - 3:30pm


Sponsored by:



5:30pm - 6:30pm


Time Saturday, October 5 Room
7:30am - 8:30am


Sponsored by:



8:30am - 12noon
Morning Sessions  



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

  • Through September 12: 90% of registration fees.
  • Beginning September 13: No refund due to cancellation.

Member Highlights

  • Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, BCEN, C reates New Employer Relationships Role.
  • Addiction Nursing Certification Board, ANCB, marks its 30th anniversary of the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) certification and was honored at the ABNS Spring Conference in March 2019.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, ANCC, celebrated the following anniversaries, and was honored at the ABNS Spring Conference in March 2019.
    • Gerontological Nursing, 45th anniversary
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 45th anniversary
    • Nurse Executive, 40th anniversary
    • Nurse Executive-Advanced, 40th anniversary
    • Pediatric Nursing, 40th anniversary
    • Ambulatory Care Nursing, 20th anniversary
    • Adult-Gerontology CNS, 5th anniversary
  • American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, ABPANC, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their CAPA® certification and received their honor at the ABNS Spring Conference.

  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, PNCB, celebrated its 30th anniversary of the Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) certification and was honored at the ABNS Spring Conference.

Do you have an update? Information that may be beneficial to your fellow members? If so, email us and let us know what you'd like to have posted here about you or your organization!

ABNS Membership Renewal Begins in May

Primary contacts for your ABNS membership should receive their first renewal notice by email in early May. To renew your membership, login to your account at www.nursingcertification.org and click the "View Profile" link on the top right of the page. If an invoice is already open, just click the "View/Pay Invoice" button to submit your payment online. If there is no invoice, click the "Renew to 1 Jul 2020" and proceed to payment. Note: Only the primary contact may submit an online payment, please contact the ABNS Executive Office if you require assistance. 

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Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
P: 205-795-7127


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