MARCH 3-5, 2016 :: LAS VEGAS

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Join us…

for a one-of-a-kind credentialing event, moving the needle in certification research through collaboration, analysis, and decision making.



The convening is an important event for the specialty certification field. Participants from the fields of nursing, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, and pharmacy will partner to uncover new areas for research to support a business case for the value of certified practice, providing concrete research ideas and strategies for future collaboration.

The agenda will facilitate the following:

• Identifying areas for research that support the value of certified practice.

• Exploring the value of certification among members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. • Measuring the value of certified practice as a strategic imperative for credentialing organizations. • Planning for action.

Supporting the benefits of certification is a common thread within the credentialing community. This is an opportunity to work together to support and achieve a common goal. Devising a strategic, impactful research agenda will strengthen our efforts to communicate the increasing value of certification.


Jack Needleman, PhD, FAAN, is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Needleman’s research focuses on the impact of changing markets and public policy on quality and access to care, and health care provider and insure responses to market and regulatory incentives. For the past decade, Dr. Needleman’s research has focused on studies of quality and staffing in hospitals and on the evaluation and design of performance improvement activities. Three of Dr. Needleman’s first authored publications on quality of care and nurse staffing are designated patient safety classics by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Needleman’s research on the impact of nurse staffing and nurses’ working conditions on patient outcomes in hospitals and the business case for increasing nurse staffing received the first Academy Health Services Research Impact Award. In 2007, he was inducted as an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Needleman was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013 and served on the IOM’s Standing Committee on Nurse Credentialing Research and the IOM Committee for the Evaluation of the Impact of the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.


The Value of Certification – Building the Business Case for Certification

will provide a collaborative multidisciplinary forum

to develop actionable work plans

for certification research.



This convening is targeted to decision-makers and employers working in certification and academic areas who are interested in advancing certification for healthcare practitioners. Our focus will be on advancing research to promote professional development, improve quality and safety in the workplace, and validate knowledge to improve patient care.

This is a multidisciplinary event and will include representatives from many settings within schools of nursing, hospitals, and certifying organizations nationwide. We encourage decision-makers and research-minded leaders who can best represent your organization to help shape this important research initiative to attend, but space is limited. Given meeting space limitations, we would like to limit the attendees to two persons per organization. In case there is excess capacity, we have started a waiting list for organizations that may wish to send additional representatives. If you would like to place extra persons on the waiting list, please contact Melissa Biel,

Representatives from our partner organizations will also attend, including: the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

The convening will also include participation from our Academic Nursing Coalition including: Dr. Marion Broome, Duke University; Dr. Robin Newhouse, Indiana University; Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State University; Dr. Doreen Harper, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Dr. Jane Kirschling, University of Maryland; and Dr. Patricia Morton, University of Utah.





The registration fee is


Registration includes: a welcome dinner scheduled for

March 3rd, 2016 and breakfast and lunch on

March 4th and 5th.


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACN) American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN)

American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc., (ABPANC) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)

Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) C-NET

Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal

Specialties (NCC)

Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) PSI Services, LLC

Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) SeaCrest Company


DATE & LOCATION :: March 3 - 5, 2016

Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Phone: (702) 632-5000


The American Board of Nursing Specialties Value of Certification Convening room rate is $199 plus resort fee of $24 and 12. % tax. To guarantee an available room at this rate hotel reservations must be made prior to Monday, February 8, 2016.

NOTE: reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel's prevailing rates. You are encouraged to make a reservation before the deadline even if you need to make changes later.

Please make your room reservation by using the hotel online group reservations system, powered by Passkey. All reservations can be made, modified or canceled individually, online at You may also call the Four Seasons directly and make your reservation at (877) 632-5000.


Please submit one registration form for each meeting participant. The meeting registration fee must be received in the ABNS office by February 22, 2016. Given meeting space limitations, we would like to limit the attendees to two persons per organization. In case there is excess capacity, we have started a waiting list for organizations that may wish to send additional representatives. If you would like to place extra persons on the waiting list, please contact Melissa Biel,

Please type or print clearly. Only the information you provide will be published on the participant list. Please provide the participant’s personal work or home email address so that further meeting information and updates can be sent directly.


Last Name: ____________________________________________________ First Name: _______________________________________________________ Credentials: ___________________________________________________ Title: _____________________________________________________________ Name of Organization & Acronym: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street Address of Organization: _______________________________________________ Organization’s Phone: _____________________________ City/State/Zip code of Organization: ___________________________________________ Web Address: _____________________________________ Participant’s personal email address where meeting updates will be sent: ___________________________________________________________


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Number of Participants Registration Fee Total

$450 per person

Please enclose a check, made payable to ABNS and mail with your completed registration form to: ABNS, 610 Thornhill Lane, Aurora, OH 44202

Refunds will not be issued after February 29, 2016. ABNS does not accept credit cards.






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