FALL 2011 ABNS ASSEMBLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 23-24 2011
HILTON SUITES CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE
HOTEL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 12:00 AM MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011.
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 BY THE DEADLINE EVEN IF YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES LATER!
HOTEL INFORMATION: Please make your hotel reservation directly with the hotel, telling them you are with the
ABNS meeting, which has a group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed by either a credit card or an advanced
deposit of the first night’s room and tax. The ABNS room rate is $209.00 single; $239 double, plus tax. Call 312-664-
1100 to make your room reservation.
HILTON SUITES CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE * 198 EAST DELAWARE PLACE * CHICAGO, IL, 60611* 312-664-1100
PLEASE SUBMIT ONE REGISTRATION FORM PER EACH MEETING PARTICIPANT.
MEETING REGISTRATION/FEE MUST BE RECEIVED
IN THE ABNS OFFICE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2011.
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 where further meeting information and updates will
Last Name:____________________________________________First Name____________________________________
Name of Organization/Acronym_______________________________________________________________________
Street Address of Organization________________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip code of Organization____________________________________________________________________
Organization’s Phone_____________________Fax__________________Web Address___________________________
Participant’s personal or work email address where meeting updates will be sent______________________________
Emergency Contact Information: Name/Relationship of Contact_____________________Phone#_________________
Check here if you prefer a vegetarian lunch □ or have other dietary restrictions? _______________________________
Check Status of Meeting Participant Registration Fee
Participant from Regular Member or Affiliate Member Organization $300
Auditor (Individuals whose organizations are not members)* $450
* If an auditing organization joins ABNS by the next Assembly meeting, a portion of the auditor fee paid now will be
applied toward the membership fee.
Please enclose check, made payable to ABNS and mail to:
ABNS, 610 Thornhill Lane, Aurora, OH 44202
Refunds will not be issued after September 12, 2011. ABNS does not accept credit cards.
For questions, call Bonnie Niebuhr, ABNS CEO at 330-995-9172 or email email@example.com.
ABNS FALL 2011ANNUAL ASSEMBLY MEETING AGENDA
September 23-24, 2011
Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile
Thursday, September 22, 2011
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. Meeting (for elected members)
Please note: The Research Committee will not be meeting.
THE ASSEMBLY MEETING WILL ADJOURN AT 12:00 PM ON SATURDAY – WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOOK YOUR
DEPARTURE FLIGHTS SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE MEETING!
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:30 am – 10 am Continental Breakfast available throughout this timeframe
9:00 am – 9:45 am Orientation to ABNS – 1st Time Attendees and any others interested are welcome to
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Assembly Meeting – includes Updates about Research, APRN, Legislation, Luncheon, Member
Organization Update* and Roundtable Sessions**
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception – The purpose of this casual Reception is to provide a time to relax and to
network with friends and colleagues.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:00 am – 8:45 am Informal Networking Breakfast and Topic of Interest Tables
9:00 am – 12: 00 pm ABNS Assembly Meeting – includes ABNS “University” sessions
12:00 pm Adjournment
*There will only be one Organizational Sharing question for this meeting:
What is the biggest issue/challenge your organization is facing now and in the near future?
ABNS CERTIFICATION ROUNDTABLE AND “UNIVERSITY” TOPICS
IOM’s Report – Future of Nursing – Implications for Nursing Specialty Certification by Dr. Patricia Yoder-Wise
Certification Data Findings from NDNQI Research Study – Dr. Diane Boyle
Marketing with social media
Licensure and certification – an uncertain relationship
Alternative item types
Certification best practices
Continuing competence assessment tools
Board development (either Board evaluation or Board orientation)
A detailed meeting agenda will be sent to all participants prior to the Assembly Meeting!
ABNS is very grateful to the organizations that provide a sponsorship for Assembly meetings! Members have asked us
about the cost of the various Food and Beverage events. Monika Cornelius, our meeting planner, has provided the
following estimates (these are approximate):
Continental Breakfast: $2,300
Afternoon Break on Friday: $1,500
Morning Snack Break on Saturday: $2,000
Other opportunities for sponsorship include speaker expenses. While many speakers pay their own way, many can no
longer do so. In addition, some organizations have given a general sponsorship to defray meeting expenses.
If you have any questions about sponsorships, do not hesitate to contact Bonnie Niebuhr, ABNS CEO at 330-995-9172 or