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Join us for the ABNS 2021 Spring Virtual Conference!

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Schedule

(subject to change)

Time

(all times are eastern)

Recorded Sessions

Conference Program (pdf)

11am - 11:15am

Welcome and Announcements

11:15am - 12:15pm

CE/CAE: 1.00

Session 1. A Positive Attitude in a Negative World

  • 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.

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Break

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

Agenda:

  • Call to Order
  • Review/Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Consent Agenda
    1. Prior Meeting Minutes: October 2, 2020 Assembly Meeting Minutes
    2. Executive Office Report: March 2021
  • Board of Directors and Staff
  • Recognition of First Time Attendees
  • Activities Update:
    1. Morning Consult; Dorsey Communications; SeaCrest
    2. Bibliography - updated version for 2021 will be available by the end of March
    3. Sandra Lee Schafer Scholarship & Grant Program
  • Member Organizational Profile Survey:
    1. Online Results
    2. Raw Data (XLS)
    3. Summary Data (PDF)
    4. Summary Data (PPTx)
  • Nominations and Elections
    1. President-Elect
  • 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. Operations During the Pandemic: Lessons Learned

No Handout  ~  Complete the Session Survey

  • Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN, CAE
    CEO, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board; President-Elect, ABNS
     
  • Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
    President, ABNS
     
  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNAMB, CSSM (E)
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Denver, Colorado

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss the operational challenges experienced by nursing specialty certification boards during the pandemic.
  2. Describe operational best practices for maintaining effective business operations during the pandemic.
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of implementing live remote proctoring.
  4. Describe the lessons learned from the nursing specialty certification industry as it applies to live remote proctoring.

CE/CAE: 0.50

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


Presentation Handout   ~   Complete the Session Survey

  • 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

(no handout)   ~   Complete the Session Survey
  • Heather Rich, MPA
    American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses
    Chicago, Illinois
     
  • Malcolm Lewis
    Certemy
    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: 0.75

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

Presentation Handout   ~   Complete the Session Survey

  • 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: 0.75

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

Presentation Handout   ~   Complete the Session Survey

  • James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNAMB, CSSM (E)
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Denver, Colorado
     
  • Lisa Alikhan, BA
    Senior Manager, Governance and Accreditation
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
     
  • Carissa Homme, PhD, PMP
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Denver, Colorado

  • Earnest 'Gerard' Perkins, BA, PMP
    Project Management Intern
    The Competency and Credentialing Institute
     

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: 0.75

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

Presentation Handout   ~   Complete the Survey

  • Joshua A. Wymer, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CSSM, CNOR, CPHIMS, RN‐BC
    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: 0.75

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: 0.75

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

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

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: 0.75

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
    CEO, NBCRNA
    Chicago, Illinois

Learner Objectives:

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