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August 2019 E-News

22 Aug 2019 11:59 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

August 2019 E-News

ABNS Member Survey

ABNS would like you to complete a brief Membership Survey. Your participation will help ABNS provide better service to our members and enhance the value of membership to your organization. All members are encouraged to complete the survey, please contact the ABNS Executive Office for the link and complete the survey on or before August 30.

ABNS Fall Conference

DoubleTree Hotel at O'Hare  ~  October 3 - 5, 2019  ~  Chicago, Illinois

Registration - 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
  • Saturday AM Break: $2,000
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.


Doubletree Hotel O'Hare

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Book your room online, or 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.


(subject to change)

Event Sponsor:

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 - 10am
CE/CAE: 2.00
Session 1. Credentialing Software Management
  • John Preston, DSNc, CRNA, FNAP, APN, Chief Credentialing Officer, NBCRNA
  • Brigid Flood, Director of Strategy & Operations, Board of Certifications for Emergency Nursing (BCEN)
10am - 10:30am


Sponsored by:

10:30am - 11:15am
CE/CAE: 0.75
Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    President, ABNS
  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN
    President Elect, ABNS
11:15am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 0.75
Session 3. Accreditation Overview by ABSNC  
12noon - 1:30pm LUNCH

Sponsored by:

1:30pm - 3pm
CE/CAE: 1.50
Session 4. Perceived Value of Certification
  • James Henderson, PhD, Senior Vice President, Psychometrics; Scantron
3pm - 3:30pm


Sponsored by:

3:30pm - 5pm
CE/CAE: 1.50
Session 5. Organizational Sharing
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    President, ABNS
  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN
    President Elect, ABNS


5:30pm - 6:30pm


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


Sponsored by:



8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.50
Session 6. Remote Proctoring
  • Isabelle Gonthier & Michelle Porter
10am - 10:30am


10:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 1.50
Session 7. Organizational Sharing and Remote Proctoring Panel
  • Isabelle Gonthier & Michelle Porter
  • Rory McCorkle, Senior Vice President of Certification; PSI Online
  • Bob Blackwood, Business Development Manager; Pearson VUE



Announcing the Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Scholarship

ABSNC and ABNS proudly announce that they have established the Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Scholarship. Sandra Lee (Sandy) Schafer participated enthusiastically in ABNS. She mentored many professionals and strongly advocated for nursing specialty certification. In December 2018, Sandy passed away. To honor her memory, ABSNC and ABNS have collaborated to establish the Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Scholarship.

The first scholarships will be granted in January 2020. Two recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. These funds are intended to pay the ABNS registration fee and contribute toward the travel expenses related to participating in the March 2020 ABNS meeting. The Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Scholarship will become an annual award.

The application will be available online from September 1, 2019 until November 30, 2019. Recipients will be chosen during December 2019 and announced in January 2020. You may view the application at this time at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Sandra-Lee-Schafer-ABNS-Scholarship-2019. Applications will not be accepted until September 1, 2019. To progress through the application pages, you must enter letters or numbers in the fields.

The application requires:

  • Contact information and credentials (including certifications) of applicants.
  • Name of the applicant’s sponsoring organization and number of certificants certified by that organization.
  • Explanation of anticipated financial support from the applicant’s sponsoring organization to attend the ABNS Spring meeting.
  • 2 professional references including contact information, organization, and number of years which the reference has known the applicant.
  • A statement, maximum length of 500 words, of the value of ABNS to the applicant with reference to the vision, mission, and values of ABNS. The vision, mission, and values of ABNS are posted on the ABNS website.
  • An indication of the applicant’s willingness to participate in ABNS as an officer, board member, committee member or volunteer for ABNS projects.
  • The application must be submitted online at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Sandra-Lee-Schafer-ABNS-Scholarship-2019.

ABSNC and ABNS are also developing a research grant to be awarded to an applicant whose research addresses the relationship of specialty nursing certification to positive patient outcomes. More information about the research grant application will be available later this year. ABSNC and ABNS plan to make the research grant application available online in November 2019.

Please contact Felicia Lembesisflembesis@ahredchair.com with questions or to ask for further information.

Call for Member Milestones

Please be sure to contact the ABNS Executive Office if you wish to report an organizational milestone, such recognition may include:

  • A special anniversary for a certification

  • A special anniversary for years of membership with ABNS

Please send the notice by email, abns@nursingcertification.org. Recognition will be made at the Fall Conference Business Meeting.

ABNS Membership Milestone!

ABNS is pleased to announce a 100% retention rate for this renewal cycle! Our success is dependent on our membership, and we thank you for your participation and support. If you are aware of Certification Boards or stakeholders who may benefit from membership with ABNS, please let us know.

Affiliate Members

  • Alpine Testing Solutions

  • Center For Nursing Education & Testing


  • Heuristic Solutions

  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence

  • Pearson VUE

  • Prometric

  • PSI Services LLC

  • Scantron

Regular Members

  • Addictions Nursing Certification Board

  • America Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

  • American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Certification Board

  • American Board for Occupational Health Nurses

  • American Board of Neuroscience Nursing

  • American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc.

  • American Midwifery Certification Board

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

  • Board of Certifications for Emergency Nursing

  • Certified Nurse Life Care Planners

  • Competency & Credentialing Institute

  • Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center

  • Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board

  • National Board for Certification of School Nurses

  • National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

  • National League for Nursing, Inc.


  • NCC, The National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Specialties 

  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission

  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

  • Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board

  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

  • Radiologic Nursing Certification Board

  • Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

  • Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board

Member News and Updates

  • (From June 2019) The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is pleased to announce Gayle Irvin, MPH CAE, as the new Executive Director. Click here to view the full press release.

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ABNS 2019 Board of Directors

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021 (1st Term)

Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
Representing the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

President Elect
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021 (1st Term)

Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN
Representing the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board


July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020 (1st Term)

Rick Meadows MS, RN, NP-C, FAANP
Representing the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board


Member at Large
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022 (1st Term)

Sheryl Traficano, MBA, CAE
Representing the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators


Public Member
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022 (1st Term)

Brian D. Vivona, EdD
Northeastern Illinois University


Past President
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021

C. Lynne Grief, PHD, RN, CEN, TCRN
Representing the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing


ABSNC President (Ex-Officio)
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021 (1st Term)

Marianne Horahan, MBA, MPH, BSN, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Representing the American Nurses Credentialing Center



Let Us Know

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3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
P: 205-795-7127


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