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ABNS August 2020 E-News

9 Aug 2020 11:38 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

August 2020 E-News

American Board of Nursing Specialties Announces New Board Member

(August 2020 - Birmingham, AL) The American Board of Nursing Specialties announces the election of a new member to its Board of Directors:

  • Secretary/Treasurer: James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®; Chief Executive Officer, Competency and Credentialing Institute

ABNS President, Janie Schumaker, announced, "We are pleased to welcome James to our Board. His unique background and diverse experience within the field of Specialty Nursing, not to mention his knowledge and history with both ABNS and ABSNC, make him a much welcome asset to the ABNS Board of Directors,  and to the organization as a whole."

His position as Secretary/Treasurer began on July 1, 2020 and will continue through June 30, 2023.

James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)® has 35 years of perioperative nursing experience; his education includes a Diploma of Nursing from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and a BSN and MSN from East Carolina University. He earned his PhD in International Health Research from Touro University International in June of 2011 for a study of competency and skill acquisition in perioperative nurses. He combines nearly two decades of perioperative management experience with academic preparation and has published and presented extensively at the national level. Since 2011 he has been employed at the Competency and Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado where in February 2017 he began serving as the CEO. In 2018 he assumed the role of CEO of the CCI Research Foundation. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale Florida and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Dr Stobinski maintains an active research agenda centered on nursing workforce issues, certification and patient outcomes research.

ABNS Board of Directors (through 30-June-2021):

  • President: Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
  • President Elect: Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BSN, RN, CAE
  • Secretary/Treasurer: James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR®, CSSM (E)®
  • Member at Large: Sheryl Traficano, MBA, CAE
  • Public Member: Brian D. Vivona, EdD
  • Ex-Officio (ABSNC Rep): Marianne Horahan, MBA, MPH, BSN, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, CAE
  • Executive Staff:
    • Robert Ranieri, MBA

ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization governed by an elected group of member representatives. We are focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. ABNS member organizations represent almost 750,000 certified registered nurses worldwide in a variety of settings. We have a strong, unified voice. Becoming an ABNS member organization is the best way to connect with other nursing credentialing organizations and dialogue about the specific issues certified nurses and those seeking certification face.

ABNS Fall Virtual Conference

(subject to change)

Gold Sponsor


Pre-Recorded Sessions


Pre-recorded sessions will be available later in September for you to view at your leisure. These session ARE approved for Nursing CEs. Links to each recorded session will be sent to each registration when they are available.

Pre-Recorded Session Topics:

  • Online Proctoring
  • Virtual Job Analysis
  • APRN Nursing Discipline and Regulation
  • Social Media Tips and Tricks
  • Public Relations 101
  • Longitudinal Assessment Governance
  • Titles, Objectives and Presenter details will be available soon!
(all times are eastern)

Live Sessions - Friday, Oct 2

11am - 12:30pm
CE/CAE: 1.50

Session 1. How we can better CARE for all those in our service - Our team; our boss; our families; ourselves; and especially our patients
12:30pm - 12:45pm


12:45pm - 1:45pm
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting
1:45pm - 2pm


2pm - 3pm
CE/CAE: 1.00
Session 3. Member Submission Discussions
  • There is still time to submit your session topic highlighting the good work you have done in your organizations; focused on the topics outlined below. Please complete the presentation form and return to abns@nursingcertification.org on or before August 11, 2020.


Download the registration form, or signup online. This virtual conference will be offered at a special rate of $400 per person and an extra incentive: buy 2 - get 1 free!

  • 1 attendee: $400
  • up to 3 attendees: $800
  • up to 6 attendees: $1,600
  • up to 9 attendees: $2,400
  • up to 12 attendees: $3,200


Sponsorship options are available online, see the registration page or contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Account Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org.

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 until September 30, 2020.

Eligibility and Application Instructions




ABNS Awards

ABNS sponsors two awards for the specialty nursing certification community.

The ABNS Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy has been developed as a means to publicly recognize organizations/facilities/departments that advocate for or promote specialty nursing certification. We believe that such advocacy ultimately leads to quality patient care.

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

The deadline for both awards is January 15, follow the links above for criteria and submission information.

ABNS Online Membership Meeting via Zoom

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 10th at 10am CST for the next meeting via Zoom. The majority of this call will be spent discussing the ABSNC standards. The participation link will be sent in the coming days.

Spotlight on Jim Henderson: 2019 ICE Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

An Interview by Robert C. Shaw, Jr., PhD

James (Jim) Henderson, PhD, senior vice president, senior psychometrician at Scantron, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award during the 2019 ICE Exchange. The award recognizes longtime outstanding achievements in the credentialing industry. Jim may be going for an all-out sweep, having also received ICE awards for Leadership in 2001 and Service in 2012. Unknown to the author before taking this assignment was the fact that Jim helped to create the ICE Research & Development Committee and served as its chair for three years.

Jim was interviewed by a member of the ICE Publications and Editorial Committee (PEC), Robert C. Shaw, Jr., PhD, who is the Vice President for Examinations for the National Board for Respiratory Care. This interview profiles Jim’s career in the credentialing industry in a question-and-answer format.

View the full interview

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