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Awards & Recognition

ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization governed by an elected group of representatives. We are focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. The ABNS mission statement is, “to promote the value of specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.”

ABNS Awards - Deadline January 31, 2024

ABNS sponsors four awards for the specialty nursing certification community

The Diane Thompkins Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest and most prestigious award given in recognition by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the field of nursing specialty certification. This award is given in recognition of an individual working in the field who has made a significant and lasting impact on the field through their professional accomplishments and contributions.

The Diane Thompkins Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Diane L. Thompkins, MS RN in recognition of her significant impact on the nursing industry.

The ABNS Award for Rising Leader recognizes those early in their career who demonstrate exceptional promise and who have already made a significant impact in advancing the nursing certification industry. 

The Janel Parker President’s Award recognizes an individual or organization within the ABNS membership that has made significant contributions to specialty nursing certification and to the association.

The ABNS Research and Innovation Award  recognizes an individual or ABNS member organization for outstanding achievement in research and innovative practices related to nursing specialty certification.




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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