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ABNS Call for Board Nominations

28 Jan 2021 9:01 AM | Robert Ranieri

ABNS Call for Board Nominations

Download the pdf nomination form.

The American Board of Nursing Specialties is seeking nominations for the positions noted below. The vote will take place at the upcoming ABNS 2021 Spring Virtual Conference on March 5, see http://www.nursingcertification.org/conference for more information. Successful candidates will begin their terms in July 2021.

  • President-Elect: Serves consecutive terms:
    1. 2 years as President-Elect (beginning July 2021);
    2. 2 years as President;
    3. (optional) 2 years as Past-President
  • Nominations are due on or before February 19, 2021.


  1. To be eligible for an elected position on the Board of Directors, an individual must be a Regular Member representative to ABNS at the time of election and continue to serve their full terms of office with ABNS even though they may no longer be the designated representative of their Regular Member organizations.
  2. Members of the Board of Directors may not continue to serve as Regular Member representatives of their organizations. The Regular Member organization previously represented by the Board member must name a new representative to the Assembly.
  3. Candidates for the office of President-Elect must be Registered Nurses.
  4. All candidates for positions on the Board of Directors shall have attended at least one ABNS Assembly meeting within the 2 year period prior to election.
  5. Each Regular Member organization may have no more than one representative serving on the Board of Directors at the same time.


  1. Self nominations are encouraged. Submit your nomination by completing this form and returning it to the ABNS Executive Office, abns@nursingcertification.org, on or before February 19, 2021.
  2. Nominees will be notified by the Nominations and Election Committee and will give their permission to be placed on the slate.
  3. The Nominations and Election Committee will verify the eligibility of candidates prior to preparing the final slate.

Duties of the President-Elect, President, and Past President

The President-Elect shall:

  1. Assume duties of the President in the President’s absence or at the discretion of the President.
  2. Assume the office of the President in the event that the office is vacated.
  3. Provide oversight for the maintenance of the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of ABNS.
  4. Serve as Chairperson of the Bylaws, and Policy and Procedure Committees.
  5. Perform other duties applicable to the office as assigned by the President.

The President shall:

  1. Serve as the chief elected officer of ABNS.
  2. Serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of ABSNC.
  3. Serve, along with the CEO, as official representative and spokesperson of ABNS in matters of ABNS policy and positions.
  4. Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and Assembly.
  5. Appoint tellers, as deemed necessary, to serve for elections.
  6. Appoint a parliamentarian as deemed necessary to the conduct of meetings.
  7. Provide ABNS members with an annual report of the activities, decisions, and actions of the Board of Directors.
  8. Appoint representatives to all committees except the Nominations and Election Committee.
  9. Establish ad hoc committees as deemed beneficial to the ABNS.
  10. Perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority adopted by ABNS.

The Past President shall:

  1. Provide a historical perspective and serve an advise and consent roll on the board of directors.
  2. Serve as a member of the Nominating Committee.
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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