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The ABNS Rising Leader Award recognizes and promotes both the accomplishments and potential for future achievement of those early in their career in the nursing certification industry. The ABNS Awards Committee believes that the achievements of individuals who excel in the work of nursing specialty certification should be recognized, celebrated and encouraged to raise awareness of these important roles.


Candidates for this award will be less than 40 years of age and have less than 5 years of experience in the credentialing industry. Nominees should have a demonstrated record of accomplishment and display leadership potential in the credentialing industry. A commitment to developing their skills in the field of specialty nursing certification should be documented in the application.


A nominee’s support of specialty nursing certification will be evaluated according to the following broadly defined criteria:

  • Forty years old or younger
  • Less than five years in nurse credentialing industry
  • Demonstrated commitment to skills development
  • Demonstrated evidence of leadership within their role
  • Willingness to mentor others

DEADLINE: January 31. 2024

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