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ABNS Spring 2017 Conference

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2017 Spring Conference

Wyndham Grand Hotel
Clearwater Beach (Tampa), FL
March 2-4, 2017

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(Subject to change)

Time Thursday, March 2
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)
Time Friday, March 3
8am - 8:30am
CE/CAE: 0.5
Accreditation Overview and Q & A by ABSNC Board of Directors
  • James Stobinski, PHD, RN, CNOR®
  • Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C®, CMSRN®, CNE


  • Review revisions to the ABSNC certification program accreditation standards 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 & 12.

8:45am - 12noon
ABNS Assembly Meeting
(Led by Leslie Ann Patry unless otherwise noted below)


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

Call to Order

Review/Approval of Agenda


  • Sponsorships
  • Contact and CAE Hours
  • ABNS Board of Directors/Staff
  • 1st Time Participants
  • Auditors
  • Speakers


  • Parliamentarian (1)
  • Election Tellers (2)

Approval of Consent Agenda:

  • Spring 2016 meeting minutes
  • ABNS organizational report
  • ABNS statement of financial position

Committee/Liaison Reports and Updates:

  • Awards and Recognition Committee - Bob Blackwood
  • Research Committee
  • Update on the Value of Convening
  • Nominations and Elections - Adele Foerster

Celebrating Milestones and Anniversaries of ABNS Member Organizations

Unfinished Business

New Business

ABSNC Business

  • Introduction of ABSNC Board members
  • Recognition of outgoing Board member
  • Recognition of accreditation/reaccreditation
  • ABSNC election


12noon - 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Organizational Sharing
  • Leslie Anne Patry, RN, BScN, MScN
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN


  • To describe innovative models of certification.
  • To discuss different models of organizational collaboration.

Regular Members:

  1. Discuss the different issues you are experiencing regarding certification, renewals, testing…Coping with disgruntled users and making the process easy and understandable.
  2. Developing standards for continuing competence for recertification?
  3. What has been the impact of the convening meetings and value of certification discussion? Has your organization pursued any new research topics and have there been any outcomes? What are the perceived values and what types of obstacles have you been presented with in the pursuit of your initiatives?

Affiliate Members:

  1. What technological innovations has your company implemented or is considering for certification?
  2. What technological trends do you see in the future that may change certification (i.e. live on-line proctoring)?

Q & A and Dialogue (30 minutes)

2:45pm - 3pm BREAK
3:30pm - 5pm
CE/CAE: 1.5
Keynote Presentation - The Changing Landscape of Health Care: The Impact of US Political Paradigm Shifts
  • Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN; Drexel University


  • To discuss the potential impact to certification secondary to US political leadership change.
  • To analyze potential market driven changes that may impact certification.



5:30pm - 6:30pm


Time Saturday, March 4
8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.5
Panel Discussion on the 2016 Presidential Election (Moderated by Lisa Thiemann, PhD, CRNA, FNAP; NBCRNA) with Perspectives from:
  • Hospital/healthcare Perspective – Albert Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN; ABNS
  • Certification/Credentialing Perspective – Diane Thompkins, MS, RN; American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • University & Higher Education Perspective – Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP; Drexel University
  • Global and International Perspective – Leslie Ann Patry, RN, BScN, MScN; NBCRNA & President, ABNS
  • Business Perspective – Jeffrey LaRiche, MA; Castle Worldwide, Inc.


  • To discuss various organizational leadership perspectives on the changing political landscape in the USA.
  • To describe how organizations can better prepare themselves in a changing political environment.

10am - 10:15am BREAK
10:15am - 11:45am
CE/CAE: 1.5
Roundtable Discussions (rotate at 10:45 am)
  • Group 1: ACA change and impact to APRNs - Moderated by Maureen Cahill; NCSBN
  • Group 2: Changing hospital revenues, impact to certified nurses, and factors your board should consider – Moderated by Albert Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN; ABNS
  • Group 3: Promoting the value of recertification during uncertain times – Moderated by Diane Thompkins, MS, RN; American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Group 4: The mystery topic drawn from the Keynote and Panel – Moderated by Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP; Drexel University
  • Group reports and summary (final 30 minutes)


  • To explore through think tank round table discussions strategies to consider in changing environments.
  • To analyze selected strategies as a method to improve organizational performance.
12noon ADJOURN  

The assembly will adjourn at 12 noon on Saturday - we encourage you to book your departure flights so that you are able to attend the entire meeting!

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
110 Coronado Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Guest Reservations
Contact the hotel at 800-996-3426 and mention the ABNS Spring Meeting to receive the group rate. The group rate is available until Monday, February 6, 2017 or when rooms sell out. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Room Rates
$209 per night subject to applicable taxes (currently 13%). (A resort fee of $25 per room per day will be assessed and is not included in the nightly rate. Parking fees of $25 per day may apply.)

Tampa International Airport

  • Super Shuttle: $28 one way (est)
  • Taxi: $45 one way (est)
  • Uber: $19-$26 one way (est)

Please Note

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do 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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