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ABNS February E-News

4 Feb 2020 9:43 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

February 2020 E-News

Organizational Profile Survey Reminder

Please be sure to complete the Organizational Survey before the February 14 deadline. Click here, or follow this link to complete the survey.

Request for Member Milestones

Please contact the ABNS Executive Office if you wish to report an organizational milestone, such recognition may include:

  • A special anniversary for a certification;
  • A special anniversary for years of membership with ABNS.
Please send the notice by email, abns@nursingcertification.org. Recognition will be made at the Spring Conference Business Meeting.

ABNS Spring Conference

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

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.

(subject to change)

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
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 1. Overview and Update of ABSNC Accreditation Activities
9am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 2. PVCT Analysis and Update
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
11:10am – 11:45pm
  • Best Practices for Recertifications by CCI
11:45pm – 1:15pm


1:20pm – 1:55pm
  • Business Operations Initiatives by Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and Heuristics
2pm – 2:35pm
  • Innovations by American Board of Perianesthia Nursing Certification, Inc.
2:40pm – 3:15pm
  • Candidate Experience/Marketing by Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board
3:15pm – 3:45pm BREAK
Sponsored by:
3:45pm – 4:20pm
  • Innovations by AACN Certification Corporation and PSI Services
4:25pm – 5:05pm
  • Business Operation Initiatives by Certemy
5:30pm - 6:30pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Sponsored by:

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

Sponsored by:

8:30am - 9:30am
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 4. ABNS Assembly Meeting
10:30am - 10:45am

Sponsored by:

9:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 2.00
Session 5. Organizational Sharing, Standard 13 and Recertification Marketing and Strategies



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 Lunch: $4,200.00 (Exclusive)
    • Joint Lunch Sponsorship (x2): $2,200 per sponsor, contact ABNS for more information.

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.

Sandra Lee Schafer Research Grant

The Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Research Grant will award one applicant funding up to $5,000 to be applied toward furthering research which links specialty nursing certification and patient outcomes. Applications will be accepted January 1 - June 1, 2020. Click here for eligibility requirements and application information.

Board Nominations - Your Help is Needed!

There are 2 very important positions within the ABNS leadership that must be filled immediately. The American Board of Nursing Specialties is seeking nominations for the positions noted below. The vote will take place at the upcoming ABNS Spring Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, see announcement below or http://www.nursingcertification.org/spring2020. Successful candidates will begin their terms in July 2020.

  • Secretary/Treasurer: 1 position serving a 3-year term

  • Nominating Committee: 2 positions serving a 1 and a 2-year term


  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. 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.
  4. Each Regular Member organization may have no more than one representative serving on the Board of Directors at the same time and shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the position.


  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 December 21, 2020.
  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 Secretary/Treasurer

  1. The Secretary/Treasurer shall: Ensure that records of meetings of the ABNS Assembly and the Board of Directors are maintained.
  2. Provide oversight of investment policy 6.1 and for distribution of: meeting minutes to member representatives within 30 days of approval.
  3. Ensure that all monies and fiscal records are maintained.
  4. Provide oversight for the fiscal affairs of ABNS, including receipt and disbursement of funds.
  5. Ensure that audits/reviews are performed, and that relevant tax and other reports are filed.
  6. Ensure that a Directors and Officers liability insurance policy is maintained.
  7. Sign checks payable to the CEO, sign checks in the absence of the CEO, and countersign checks over the designated limit.
  8. Provide reports and interpretations of the financial condition of ABNS to the Board of Directors and Assembly.
  9. Serve as Chair of the Finance Committee.
  10. Develop and recommend an annual operating budget to the Board of Directors, in collaboration with the CEO and Finance Committee.
  11. Perform other duties applicable to the office and as assigned by the President.

Duties of the Nominating Committee

  1. To prepare the election slate with qualified candidates and to conduct elections during meetings.

ABNS Announces Fall 2020 Conference

2020 Fall Conference
October 1 - 3, 2020
DoubleTree O'Hare
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, IL

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