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Time Thursday, October 12
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members)
Time Friday, October 13
7:45am - 9am Enhanced Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by PSI, Inc.


 Michigan Ballroom/Foyer
8am - 9am
Accreditation Overview and Q & A by ABSNC Board of Directors
  • James Stobinski, PHD, RN, CNOR®
    ABSNC President

Session Handout/PPT:

  1. Accreditation Overview


  1. Familiarize with the accreditation processes for certificate of mastery courses.
  2. Discuss the protocol for revision of ABSNC accreditation standards.


  Michigan Ballroom
9:10am - 4:30pm
CE/CAE: 5.75
Business Storytelling: The Missing Ingredient in Communicating Your Value to Prospects and Members

Session Handout/PPT:

  1. Manual Overview
  2. Bariatric newsletter CBN Spotlight
  3. CRNI Video Transcript
  4. HPCC Newsletter
  5. Story Prompts Activity
  6. Market Yourself - INCC
  7. Employer Guide INCC
  8. EELifecycle-Ver2.3a


  1. Design market research activities using story techniques to identify what prospective certificants, certificants, employers, and others consider to be of value to them.
  2. Identify a variety of stories that your organization can use to communicate its brand value and key messages to prospective certificants, certificants, employers, and others.
  3. Outline the steps for capturing a raw story and turning it into a polished, compelling story that moves people to action.
  Michigan Ballroom
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch and Awards, provided by ABNS

Sponsored by the
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

3pm - 3:15pm

Afternoon Break

Sponsored by the
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation



5pm - 6pm

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by the
National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists


Time Saturday, October 14
7:30am - 8:30am Enhanced Continental Breakfast
  Michigan Ballroom/Foyer
8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.5
ABNS Assembly Meeting
(Led by C. Lynne Grief unless otherwise noted below)

Session Handout/PPT

  1. Agenda Slides
  2. Research Committee Report
  3. March 2017 Meeting Minutes
  4. Consent Agenda (Organization and Financial Report)


  1. To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring and a the benefit to certification in nursing.


  • Presidents Welcome
  • Introduction of ABNS Board of Directors/Staff
  • Recognition of:
    • First Time Attendees
    • Conference Sponsors
    • Member Milestones
  • Reports and Updates:
    • Consent Agenda
    • Nominations and Elections Committees
    • Awards and Recognition Committee
    • Research Committee Report and Open Discussion
  • Bylaw change vote (see pages 3, 4, 5, 7 for proposed changes)
  • Open Discussion:
    • Timing/Location of ABNS Conferences
  • ABSNC Business
  Michigan Ballroom
10am - 10:15am Break  
10:15 - 11:45am
CE/CAE: 1.5
Organizational Sharing with Q & A Dialogue
  • C. Lynne Grief, PHD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    ABNS President

Discussion Item(s):

  • Marketing and Market Research Plans and Budgeting:
    • Discuss your short term goals (0-2 years) and budget projections.
    • Discuss how the Research Committee Report and/or the Business Storytelling impact your existing plans.
    • Do you plan to revisit/revise your budget and marketing plan?


  1. To describe innovative models of certification.
  2. To discuss different models of organizational collaboration.


  Michigan Ballroom
12noon Adjourn  
1pm - 4pm ABNS Board of Directors Meeting   O'Hare


Download sponsor and registration form.

  • 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

Download sponsor and registration form.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org

  • Continental Breakfast (Friday or Saturday): $3,000
  • Opening Reception: $4,200
  • Morning Break on Saturday: $2,000

Cancellation Policy

Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

  • Through September 18, 2017: 90% of registration fees.
  • Beginning September 19, 2017: No refund due to cancellation.


Westin O’Hare Hotel
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Guest Reservations
Contact the hotel at 847-698-6000 and mention the ABNS Fall Conference to receive the group rate. The group rate is available until Monday, September 18, 2017 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.

Book your room online.

Room Rates
$139 single/double ($164 triple; $189 quad) per night subject to applicable taxes (currently 14%).

Chicago O'Hare Airport

ABNS 2017 Fall Conference

October 12-14  ~  Westin O'Hare Hotel  ~  Rosemont, IL

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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