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ABNS promotes research activities that advance knowledge regarding specialty nursing certification. The Research Committee is charged with implementing tactics and projects that support our strategic goals related to research including:

  • Establishing a national nursing certification research agenda.
  • Encouraging and facilitating the conduct and dissemination of research on nursing certification and continued competency.

The ABNS Strategies for Research Support: To Support the Conduct of Research and Promote the ABNS Research Agenda document offers a brief background on the creation of our Research Agenda, and identifies a variety of methods or models to structure and support research projects as funding becomes available. The potential models are explored to determine their feasibility in terms of required infrastructure and resources. Click here to review the ABNS Research Strategies Document.

ABNS Research and Evaluation Project Sharing

ABNS is committed to disseminating information about research and evaluation studies – past or present. Therefore, the Research Committee has developed a research project sharing process. This is an opportunity for researchers and organizations to collaborate on projects, learn from others, and publicize their work. Research and Evaluation Project Sharing Form can be accessed here. Complete the form and submit to ABNS by email, abns@nursingcertification.org for posting on the website.

Certification Program Governance

Alternate Item Formats Study

The Relationship Between Nursing Certification and Patient Outcomes A Review of the Literature

The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Research Committee chose to conduct a synthesis of the existing research literature to determine the state of knowledge on certified nurse practice and the impact on patient outcomes.

Value of Specialty Nursing Certification

2005 ABNS issued a Position Statement on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification.

ABNS completed a study on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification. Click the links below for more information on the study results in 2006.

Value of Certification Convening

ABNS hosted the Value of Certification national convening in March 2016.  The Value of Certification convening developed actionable and measurable activities to support certification research that builds a business case for the value of certification across multiple stakeholders. The convening focused on the value of a multidisciplinary certified workforce, continuing competence, and the work of certified team members in team practice.   The Value Convening provided participating organizations with concrete ideas to implement and strategies that will enable us to work together.

National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators

ABNS and partners American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and AACN Certification Corporation sponsored a national research project that examined trends in specialty certification of RNs in acute care hospitals using the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®). NDNQI is a unique data source that includes an annual survey of direct care registered nurses (RNs) in acute care hospitals. Among the data collected in the RN Survey are self-reported nursing specialty certification and demographic characteristics. About half of NDNQI member hospitals participate in the RN Survey each year. RNs are eligible to participate in the survey if they spend at least 50% of their time in direct patient care and have been on their respective units at least 3 months. Agency, contract, and traveler RNs are excluded. In 2010, 303,221 registered nurses participated in the survey from 17,714 units in 849 hospitals. The average unit response rate for RNs was 71%.

ABNS presents at the IOM Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing

On June 12, 2013, Dr. Lynne Grief, a member of the ABNS Research Committee, presented to the IOM Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing. She provided information on ABNS’ research in nursing certification, including the Value of Certification study and the NDNQI descriptive study. She also outlined the ABNS research agenda. Her presentation, along with those of other ABNS members who presented to the Standing Committee can be found online.

ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

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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