ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

ABNS Spring 2020 Conference

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel  ~  March 5 - 7, 2020  ~  Atlanta, Georgia

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Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

Reserve your guest room online

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Contact the hotel at 404-659-6500, and mention the ABNS Spring Conference, or reserve your guest room online to receive the following group rates:

  • $139 per night Single/Double
  • Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 16.9%

The group rate is available until central time on February 20 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.

Registration Rates

Click here to register online or download a pdf.

  • 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

Select your sponsorship 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.

  • Friday/Saturday AM/PM Break: $2,000.00 per break
  • Friday Lunch: $4,200.00

Cancellation Policy
Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

  • Through February 20: 90% of registration fees.
  • Beginning February 21: No refund due to cancellation.


Time Thursday, March 5
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)
Time Friday, March 6
7:45am - 9am

Sponsored by:

8am - 9am Session 1. Overview and Update of ABSNC Accreditation Activities


  1. Review and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
  2. Review standards updates and changes.
9am - 10am Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting


  1. To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  2. To discuss open elected positions in the organization.
10am - 10:30am


Sponsored by:

10:30am - 5pm
CE/CAE: 4.50
Session 3. The Latest and Greatest for Our Members!
See session topics, presenters and objectives below. Each session will be 35 minutes including Q and A.
10:30am – 11:05pm Quality Improvement Initiatives by SeaCrest
  • Janice Moore, CEO, SeaCrest
11:10am – 11:45pm Best Practices for Recertifications by CCI
  • Carissa Homme, PhD; Manager of Test Development & Certification
  • Lisa Alikhan, BA; Senior Manager, Governance & Accreditation
11:45pm – 1:15pm


1:20pm – 1:55pm Business Operations Initiatives by Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and Heuristics

Build Your Program Using Organizational Payments

  • Annette Bush, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN; Director of Credentialing, HPCC
  • Keisha Davidson, MBA; Credentialing Programs Associate, HPCC
  • Karen Cantor, Implementation Analyst, HPCC
2pm – 2:35pm Innovations by American Board of Perianesthia Nursing Certification, Inc. and ProExam
  • Vicki Yfantis, MSN, RN, CRNP, CPAN; President, ABPANC
  • Krista Paternostro Bower, MPA, CAE; CEO, ABPANC
2:40pm – 3:15pm Candidate Experience/Marketing by Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board
  • Cindy Lemek, CAE; Executive Director, WONCB
3:15pm – 3:45pm BREAK
3:45pm – 4:20pm Innovations by AACN Certification Corporation and PSI Services
  • Cindi Noe, MSN, RN; Certification Practice Specialist, AACN
  • Amin Saiar, PhD; Vice President, Psychometrics, PSI Services
4:25pm – 5:05pm Business Operation Initiatives by Certemy
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Sponsored by:

Time Saturday, March 7
7:30am - 8:30am

Sponsored by:

8:30am - 10am

Session 4. Organizational Sharing, Standard 13 and Recertification Marketing and Strategies


  1. To describe innovative models of certification.
  2. To discuss different models of organizational collaboration.
  3. To discuss how nursing workforce demands may affect certification.

10am - 10:30am

Sponsored by:

10:30am - 12noon Session 5. TBD



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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