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Support for the conference has been graciously provided by the following organizations. Other sponsors of specific events are noted on the schedule below.

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Time Thursday, March 1
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members) Chatham
Time Friday, March 2
7:45am - 9am


Savannah A
8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.00
Accreditation Overview and Q & A by ABSNC Board of Directors
  • James Stobinski, PHD, RN, CNOR®
    President, ABSNC
  1. Overview and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
Savannah A

9am - 10:30am
CE/CAE: 1.50
21st Century Nursing Workforce Predictions
  • Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
    Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Montana State University
  • Presentation Handout - IMPORTANT: For official use of this information please to be sure and cite:
    "Strengths of the Nursing Workforce and Challenges Over the Next 10 Years, Peter Buerhaus, ABNS 2018 Spring Conference in Savannah, Georgia."


  1. Discuss future nursing workforce demands.
  2. Explore how nursing workforce demands may affect certification.
Savannah A

10:30am - 10:45am BREAK Savannah A
10:45am - 3:30pm
CE/CAE: 3.00
ABNS Assembly Meeting
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN; ABNS President


  1. To describe key initiatives that ABNS is exploring.
  2. To discuss open elected positions in the organization.


Savannah A

12noon - 1:30pm LUNCH

Savannah D
3:30pm -3:45pm


 Savannah A
3:45pm - 5pm
CE/CAE: 1.25
Organizational Sharing
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN; ABNS President
  • Shannon G. Stone, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNML, NEA-BC; ABNS President-Elect


  1. To describe innovative models of certification.
  2. To discuss different models of organizational collaboration.
  3. To discuss how nursing workforce demands may affect certification.

Discussion Topic:

  1. Reflecting upon the workforce predictions presentation, how will work force development affect certification within your organization?
Savannah A



5:30pm - 6:30pm


Atrium II
Time Saturday, March 3
7:30am - 8:30am


Savannah A

8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.50
Update on the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing


  1. Discuss the impact of the IOM Report on the Future of Nursing.
  2. Discuss future implications of this report.
Savannah A

10am - 10:15am


Savannah A

10:15am - 11:45am
CE/CAE: 1.50
Perspectives: Panel and Round Table Dialogue on How the Predictions will Affect Certification


  • Al Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN; Drexel University
  • C. Lynne Grief, PHD, RN, CEN, TCRN; ABNS President
  • Shannon G. Stone, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNML, NEA-BC; ABNS President-Elect


  1. Discuss how both nursing workforce demands and the IOM Future on Nursing Report will affect their specific areas of practice.
Savannah A
12noon ADJOURN  

Registration Rates - Download the 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 the registration form
For additional information or for sponsorship opportunities not listed below, contact Robert Ranieri, ABNS Acount Manager at 205-795-7127 or email abns@nursingcertification.org

  • Morning Break (Saturday): $2,000
  • Opening Reception: $4,200

Registration and Method of Payment
Payment must be made by check, click here to download the registration form. Make check payable to ABNS, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216. Registration and payment must be received on or before February 23. Refunds will not be issued after February 23.


Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia 31401
P: 912-233-7722

March 1 - 3, 2018

Guest Reservations
Contact the hotel at 912-233-7722 and mention the ABNS Spring Conference to receive the group rate. Or you may book your room online:

Click Here to Book Online.

The group rate is available until Monday, February 6, 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.

Room Rates
$180 single/double per night ($20 each additional person) subject to applicable taxes (currently 13% plus a $5 state fee and $1 city occupancy fee).

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport - SAV
Hotel direction: 10.6 miles SE
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

On-site parking, fee: 21 USD daily
Self-parking only, no valet service

ABNS Spring 2018 Conference

Savannah Marriott Waterfront  ~  March 1 - 3, 2018 ~  Savannah, Georgia

ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

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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.

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