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ABNS E-News, May 2020

13 May 2020 9:21 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

May 2020 E-News

ABNS Website Redesign

We’ve redesigned our website with you in mind. The primary objectives of the new site efforts focused on providing our visitors an easier way to learn about ABNS, our service to the community, research initiatives and benefits of certification to the certified nurse and the public. The new design streamlined navigation and provides a responsive layout for all electronic platforms.

Explore the site to learn more about our full spectrum of services!

  

ABNS Membership Meeting on Zoom

Archives of past meetings can be found on the ABNS website (login is required).

ABNS will host a third membership meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30am central. Please submit the topics, challenges and questions you would like to cover during to the ABNS Executive Office, abns@nursingcertification.org on or before Monday, May 25. We will focus our time on the items presented.

To join the call on Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/206012076

Meeting ID: 206 012 076

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Meeting ID: 206 012 076
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ABNS Announces 2020 Nursing Certification Advocacy Award Winner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2020) – The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), which represents 31 nursing certification boards and over 920,000 board certified LPNs, RNs and advanced practice nurses, today announced that its 2020 Nursing Certification Advocacy Award winner is The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This annual ABNS award recognizes employers who go above and beyond in their support of specialty nursing certification for their nursing teams.

“It is very clear that The Valley Hospital is deeply committed to providing safe and reliable high-quality care to their patients and their community and sees specialty nursing certification as a major way to achieve their goals,” said ABNS President and Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. “Valley’s nurse leaders serve as certification champions and role models for their respective specialties by being certified themselves and encouraging their staff to get board certified.”

ABNS chose The Valley Hospital for its strong organization-wide commitment to nursing certification at all levels, which has led to a 100% certification rate within the nursing leadership. Magnet-accredited since 2003, Valley also has the most holistic certified nurses of any hospital in the nation.

The many system-wide ways Valley demonstrates a commitment to improving their standard of care through nurse certification include:

  • Robust support for professional development in the areas of continuing education necessary for nurses to acquire and maintain the knowledge required for specialty certification.
  • Providing certified nurses with an annual bonus each Certified Nurses Day, which removes financial barriers for nurses to certify and recertify.
  • Celebrating nurses when they achieve professional milestones such as specialty certification through recognition coordinated by shared governance councils, which further encourages staff to get and stay certified.

“The ABNS board of directors commends The Valley Hospital on their outstanding advocacy and support for certification,” said Schumaker. “Valley is a true role model and we are inspired by their support for specialty nursing certification.”

About ABNS
The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) is a not-for-profit membership organization governed by an elected group of member representatives. With a mission to promote the value of specialty nursing certification, ABNS also serves as a forum for nursing credentialing organizations to connect and dialogue about the specific issues that certified nurses and those seeking certification face.

About The Valley Hospital
The Valley Hospital, a 431-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital located in Ridgewood, New Jersey, is part of Valley Health System, which also includes Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group. Valley is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Gold Seals of Approval from The Joint Commission in 6 clinical areas. Valley is in alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute, and is an academic and clinical affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health System. Key services include cardiology, oncology, women’s and children’s services, emergency care, orthopedics and neurosciences.

ABNS Announces 2020 Janel Parker President’s Award Winner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2020) – The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), which represents 31 nursing certification boards and over 920,000 board certified LPNs, RNs and advanced practice nurses, today announced that its 2020 Janel Parker President’s Award winner is the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. This annual ABNS award recognizes an individual or organization within the ABNS membership that has made significant contributions to specialty nursing certification and to the association.

“The NBCRNA is very deserving of the Janel Parker President’s Award, said ABNS President and Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. The award nomination is quite impressive and demonstrates both industry leadership and deep commitment to specialty nursing certification and the patients who benefit from it.”

Some highlights from NBCRNA’s award nomination that really stand out are their commitment to excellence in certification. Not only does NBCRNA adhere to the industry standards, they strive to surpass them and set best practices for others to emulate. NBCRNA is also a leader in the area of research in the specialty nursing certification industry by providing funding for research, hiring qualified individuals to carry out the work and publishing findings.

NBCRNA is a visionary when it comes to volunteer leadership. NBCRNA staff at all levels serve on numerous boards and committees that define and implement certification and recertification practices, standards and regulations. NBCRNA staff represent the industry with strength at various conferences and industry meetings annually and assert a strong voice at these gatherings.

The ABNS Board of Directors could not be more excited to present NBCRNA with this prestigious award. “We commend their work and are in awe of their contributions and commitment to the patient population served by their certificant holders and our industry”, Schumaker said.

About ABNS
The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) is a not-for-profit membership organization governed by an elected group of member representatives. With a mission to promote the value of specialty nursing certification, ABNS serves as a forum for nursing credentialing organizations to connect and dialogue about the specific issues that certified nurses and those seeking certification face.

About the National Board of Certification and Recertification
The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is the nation’s certifying body for the initial and continued certification of the nearly 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Our primary responsibility is to guard the well-being of the public by seeking to ensure that those who secure the CRNA credential have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice safely and effectively. We accomplish our mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among nurse anesthetists. The NBCRNA’s CRNA credential program and its Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM-C) credential program are accredited by both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).


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Sandra Lee Schafer Research Grant

The Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Research Grant will award one applicant funding up to $5,000 to be applied toward furthering research which links specialty nursing certification and patient outcomes. Applications will be accepted January 1 - June 1, 2020. Click here for eligibility requirements and application information.

Shortened Clinical Experience due to COVID-19

Apr 20, 2020
Kathleen Russell

NCSBN has worked the leaders of 10 nursing organizations have issued a policy brief that calls for academic-practice partnerships between health care facilities and prelicensure registered nursing (RN) and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs across the country during the COVID-19 crisis. https://www.ncsbn.org/14564.htm.

Additionally, NCSBN created this resource "Changes in Education Requirements for Nursing Programs During COVID-19" because of the COVID-19 outbreak that is causing practice facilities to limit or refuse clinical experiences, just when we need more nurses in the pipeline, many nursing programs are struggling to find ways to meet students' clinical experiences. Here is a list of changes that some Nursing Regulatory Bodies (NRB) have implemented to facilitate completion of nursing education clinical experiences. https://www.ncsbn.org/Education-Requirement-Changes_COVID-19.pdf

NCSBN's COVID-19 Information webpage holds news and resources http://www.ncsbn.org/covid-19.htm. You can also view NCSBN's Good Morning Members - Focus on COVID-19 here http://www.ncsbn.org/good-morning-members.htm or subscribe here http://www.ncsbn.org/Subscribe-GMM.htm.

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Kathleen Russell, krussell@ncsbn.org
Senior Policy Advisor
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Chicago

Membership Renewal Notices

Member renewal notices were emailed to all primary contacts earlier in May. Please contact the ABNS Executive Office if you require an invoice.

Request for Member Milestones

Please 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.

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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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