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ABNS Spring 2019 Conference

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay  ~  February 28 - March 2, 2019  ~  2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL

Download the conference program (pdf)

Time Thursday Room
9am - 5pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected Board members) Pelican


7:45am - 9am

Sponsored by:

Audubon Promenade
8am - 9am
CE/CAE: 1.0
Session 1. Overview and Update of ABSNC Accreditation Activities
  • Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC
    Vice President, ABSNC


  1. Review and update of ABSNC accreditation activities.
  2. Review standards updates and changes.
Audubon DEF
9am - 9:15am ABNS Tribute to Sandy Schafer
  • Candle Lighting & Comments by John Preston, NBCRNA
  • Reflection by Keisha Davidson, HPCC
Audubon DEF
9:15am - 10am
CE/CAE: 0.75
Session 2. ABNS Assembly Meeting
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    President, ABNS
  • Presentation Handout (other files are linked under "Agenda" below)


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


  1. Call to Order
  2. Review/Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Consent Agenda:
  4. Nominations and Open Board Positions:
    • Matters of Urgency - Board and Committee Resignations - Call for Volunteers to fill the following positions:
      • President Elect (to replace Shannon Stone; see position description below)
      • Secretary/Treasurer (to replace Karen Nason; see position description below)
    • Nominations and Elections:
      • (Public Member: Board of Director vote)
  5. Member Certification Survey Results and Discussion, download survey results in the following formats:
  6. Celebrating Milestones and Anniversaries of ABNS Member Organizations
  7. Unfinished Business
  8. New Business
Audubon DEF
10am - 10:30am


Sponsored by:

Audubon Promenade
10:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 3. Organizational Sharing
  • C. Lynne Grief, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN
    President, ABNS
  • Laurie Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN
    Member at Large, ABNS
  • Presentation Handout (other files are linked under "Assignment" below)


  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.


  1. Refer to the Value of Certification Convening Executive Summary.
  2. In advance of the conference, each organization should rank the 4 objectives fby order of importance as determined by your organization.
  3. be prepared to share examples of how you determined the order of objectives.
  4. ABNS will facilitate a discussion of the objective ranking and creation of objective achievement tasks forces with a charge of creating goals and action plans to achieve the objective.
Audubon DEF
12noon - 1:30pm

Sponsored by:

1:30pm - 3pm
CE/CAE: 1.5

Session 4. Delivering Exceptional Service in a Competitive Healthcare Market


  1. Explain the current competitive landscape for nursing.
  2. Describe characteristics of a high performing team that is needed to deliver exceptional service.
  3. List the three most important moments a patient remembers.
Audubon DEF
3pm - 3:30pm BREAK
Sponsored by:

Audubon Promenade
3:30pm - 5pm Session 5. Open  
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Sponsored by:


Audubon Promenade
Time Saturday Room
7:30am - 8:30am

Sponsored by:

Audubon Promenade
8:30am - 10am
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 6. Certification Testing and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Cases and Judicial Decisions
  • Omobola Oyeleye, EdD, JD, MSN, M.Ed, BSN., B.Ed, RN-BC, CNE
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas at Houston
  • Presentation Handout


  1. The participant will recognize an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act as they relate to reasonable accommodation for certification testing.
  2. The participant will discuss exemptions to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  3. The participant will discuss recent legal principles and decisions that relate to certification testing to accommodate test takers with disabilities.
Audubon DEF
10am - 10:30am


Audubon Promenade
10:30am - 12noon
CE/CAE: 1.5
Session 7. Culture of Ownership with the Value of Specialty Nursing Certifications
    Senior Vice President, Chief Operating and Chief Nursing Officer, Midland Health
  • Presentation Handout


  1. Describe “the healthcare crisis within” of incivility, bullying, and toxic emotional negativity in the workplace and the way it contributes to stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue.
  2. Describe the three essential elements needed to move from a culture of accountability to a culture of ownership.
  3. Discuss the value of specialty nursing certification in a culture of professional ownership.
Audubon DEF



Board Vacancies & Position Descriptions

The President shall:

  1. Serve as the chief elected officer of ABNS.
  2. Serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of ABSNC.
  3. Serve, along with the CEO, as official representative and spokesperson of ABNS in matters of ABNS policy and positions.
  4. Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and Assembly.
  5. Appoint tellers, as deemed necessary, to serve for elections.
  6. Appoint a parliamentarian as deemed necessary to the conduct of meeting.
  7. Provide ABNS members with an annual report of the activities, decisions, and actions of the Board of Directors.
  8. Appoint representatives to all committees except the Nominations and Election Committee.
  9. Establish ad hoc committees as deemed beneficial to the ABNS.
  10. Perform other duties as applicable to the office as prescribed by the parliamentary authority adopted by ABNS.

The President Elect shall:

  1. Assume duties of the President in the President’s absence or at the discretion of the President.
  2. Assume the office of the President in the event that the office is vacated.
  3. Provide oversight for the maintenance of the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of ABNS.
  4. Serve as Chairperson of the Bylaws, and Policy and Procedure Committees.
  5. Perform other duties applicable to the office as assigned by the President.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall:

  1. 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.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

  • Through January 25: 90% of registration fees.
  • Beginning January 26: No refund due to cancellation.

Guest Reservations and Room Rates
Contact the hotel at 813-874-1234 and mention the ABNS Spring Conference to receive the following group rates:

  • $229 per night Single/Double
  • $254 per night Triple, $279 per night Quad
  • Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 12%

The group rate is available until central time on January 25, 2019 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.

Reserve your guest room online.

Registration Rates

Bundled registrations with a valid credit card are now available! Click here to register online, or download a PDF 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

Select your sponsorship online, or download a PDF registration form. 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.

Milestone and Anniversary Photos

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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