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Join us for the ABNS 2021 Spring Virtual Conference!

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(all times are eastern)

Live Sessions on Friday, March 5

11am - 11:15am

Welcome and Announcements

11:15am - 12:15pm

CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 1. A Positive Attitude in a Negative World

  1. Needs Handout (pdf)
  • Matt Booth, CSP
    Dubuque, Iowa

Learner Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of a positive attitude.
  2. Provide proven strategies to help improve the attitude within your organization.

Presenter Bio:

When Matt speaks to your organization, the audience won't be listening to another talking head with a boring power point. They will be participating in an interactive experience that will engage, educate and entertain while inspiring them to act! Matt’s humor, quick wit, and ability to connect with people creates meaningful attitude changes. Matt has enjoyed getting to share his message throughout the United States and with international audiences around the world. Matt grew up on a farm in Southwest Wisconsin in the heartland of America. He lives in Dubuque, Iowa on the banks of a small creek that feeds into the mighty Mississippi with his lovely wife Joie and their sons Carter and Graham. Matt enjoys hiking with his family, fishing with his boys and taking his wife out for dinner. Matt received his undergrad at University of Wisconsin and then graduated with his Master’s Degree in Communication from University of Dubuque. Most recently Matt was awarded the highly esteemed CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) only on those speakers who have earned it by meeting strict qualifying criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name identify that speaker as a speaking professional with a proven track record for understanding and delivering value from the platform.

12:15pm - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 1:15pm

CE/CAE: 0.75

Session 2. ABSNC Accreditation Update

  • Marianne Horahan, MBA, MPH, BSN, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, CAE
    President, Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Learner Objectives:

  1. Review and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
  2. Review standards updates and changes.

1:15pm - 2:15pm

CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 3. ABNS Assembly Meeting

  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    President, ABNS
  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN, CAE
    CEO, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board; President-Elect, ABNS


  • Call to Order
  • Review/Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Consent Agenda
  • Activities Update:
    1. Morning Consult
    2. Dorsey Communications
    3. Seacrest
    4. Bibliography
  • Awards, Milestones and Anniversaries
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Learner Objectives:

  1. To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  2. To discuss open elected positions in the organization.

2:15pm - 4:15pm

CE/CAE: 2.00

Session 4. Panel Presentation: Operations in a Pandemic

  • Moderator:
    Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN, CAE
    CEO, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board; President-Elect, ABNS

Learner Objectives:

  1. This interactive panel will discuss best practices for daily activities and operations during a pandemic.

Recorded Sessions

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 5. Managing Crisis through Agility and Teamwork: Business Continuity during the Pandemic

  • Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE
    Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
    Rockville, MD
  • Maggie Jones
    Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
    Rockville, MD

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify realized and unrealized threats to the business of certification.
  2. Compare and contrast various approaches to prioritizing candidates, certificants and staff during a crisis.
  3. Share pandemic 2020 “lessons learned” as a tool to prepare for the future and embrace change.

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 6. Cutting the Cord - When, Why, and How to Move Your Legacy Certification Management System to the Cloud

  • Heather Rich, MPA
    American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Malcolm Lewis
    Costa Mesa, California

Learner Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast cloud based and legacy system.
  2. Discuss the process and benefits of moving to a cloud based system.

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 7. Supersizing Your SMEs’ Output (and Satisfaction!) in a Virtual Environment

  • Laura Brooks, MA, PMP
    Alpine Testing Solutions
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sarah Hughes, MA
    Alpine Testing Solutions
    Santa Clarita, CA

Learner Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate innovative ice breakers, including: content-relevant “mad libs,” creativity-inducing games, etc.
  2. Describe how facilitators divided item review tasks with “brain break” activities and provide examples.
  3. Demonstrate tools and techniques including: “jam boards” for item topic brainstorm, round robin item development, SME “crowd-sourced” distractor development, “unicorn items”, etc.

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 8. You and Your New Credential: Surviving Development with Project Management

  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNAMB, CSSM (E)
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Denver, Colorado
  • Carissa Homme, PhD, PMP
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Denver, Colorado

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the use of project management principles in the development of nursing specialty credentials.
  2. Discuss one potential issue with the integration of veterans to a civilian work setting.
  3. Outline the complexity of developing a new nursing specialty credential during a pandemic.

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 9. Progressing toward Specialty Certification as the National Standard for Nursing

    Naval Medical Center
    San Diego, California
  • Christopher H. Stucky, PhD, RN, CSSM, CNOR, CNAMB, NEA‐BC, RN‐BC
    Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry
    Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the current state of specialty nursing certification in the US.
  2. Describe how specialty nursing certification supports nursing excellence and continuing competency.
  3. Describe how specialty nursing certification can elevate and revolutionize nursing care and healthcare in 2021.

CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 10. Supporting Student Mental Health during the Pandemic: Optional Weekly Wellness Activities

  • Cindy Beckett, PhD, RNC-OB, LCCE, LSS-BB, CHRC
    Ohio State University, College of Nursing
  • Cindy Zellefrow, DNP MSEd RN LSN PHNA-BC
    Ohio State University, College of Nursing

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of addressing and supporting wellness in academic courses.
  2. Identify strategies to support student wellbeing.

CE/CAE: 0.50

Session 11. The Times They Are a-Changin’: Expanding assessments from in-person to online

  • Rachel Schoenig, Chief Scientist
  • Sara Cowling, Team Lead, Account Management

Learner Objectives:

  1. Highlight operational best practices in effective change management.
  2. Outline the scenarios for which such a conversion can enhance the overall testing program.
  3. Discuss case studies from programs across various assessment markets

CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 12. Succession Planning: CEO Transition and Continuity Plan

  • Leah Cannon, CPA, CAE
    Chief Operating Officer, NBCRNA
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, BSN, CRNA
    President, NBCRNA

  • Karen Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, CAE
    Chicago, Illinois

Learner Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of a CEO Transition and Continuity Plan to promote smooth leadership transitions.
  • Identify key resources to guide succession planning.
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