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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2020) – The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), which represents 31 nursing certification boards and over 920,000 board certified LPNs, RNs and advanced practice nurses, today announced that its 2020 Nursing Certification Advocacy Award winner is The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This annual ABNS award recognizes employers who go above and beyond in their support of specialty nursing certification for their nursing teams.

“It is very clear that The Valley Hospital is deeply committed to providing safe and reliable high-quality care to their patients and their community and sees specialty nursing certification as a major way to achieve their goals,” said ABNS President and Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. “Valley’s nurse leaders serve as certification champions and role models for their respective specialties by being certified themselves and encouraging their staff to get board certified.”

ABNS chose The Valley Hospital for its strong organization-wide commitment to nursing certification at all levels, which has led to a 100% certification rate within the nursing leadership. Magnet-accredited since 2003, Valley also has the most holistic certified nurses of any hospital in the nation.

The many system-wide ways Valley demonstrates a commitment to improving their standard of care through nurse certification include:

Robust support for professional development in the areas of continuing education necessary for nurses to acquire and maintain the knowledge required for specialty certification.
Providing certified nurses with an annual bonus each Certified Nurses Day, which removes financial barriers for nurses to certify and recertify.
Celebrating nurses when they achieve professional milestones such as specialty certification through recognition coordinated by shared governance councils, which further encourages staff to get and stay certified.

“The ABNS board of directors commends The Valley Hospital on their outstanding advocacy and support for certification,” said Schumaker. “Valley is a true role model and we are inspired by their support for specialty nursing certification.”

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We are very pleased to share with you the editorial recognizing the WHO 2020 International Year of the Nurse; Nurses’ Week and Nurses Day published by Carol M. Baldwin and Barbara M. Dossey in the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care (SWJPCC). In the article, we also celebrate our interprofessional activities and collaborations that are essential to comprehensive, holistic health care intervention and promotion, particularly in the face of the global coronavirus epidemic.

Congratulations to all nurses and midwives in this 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (and beyond). Sincerely, Carol M. Baldwin, PhD, RN, CHTP, CT, AHN-BC, FAAN, Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC

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The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) is pleased to announce that applications are now available for those seeking Board Certification. Applications are available on C-NET’s website, logo

Limited testing has resumed. Those who have already qualified (Step 1) to take the exam will be notified by C-NET when testing is available.

Contact: Talysha Hickerson
Phone: 785-267-0943

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The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) is pleased to announce that practice tests are now available for those seeking Board Certification. To ensure success on our examination, individuals may now purchase the practice test for $65 on C-NET’s website,
Contact: Talysha Hickerson
Phone: 785-267-0943

For more details click here

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The Compassion Caravan is a national project led by holistic nurses for all of nursing to offer compassion through heart centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing. As the caravan travels it will have three major events/workshops for nurses. There will also be small meet and greet opportunities for the public to sign The Declaration of Compassion. See schedule.

Compassion is being expressed in response to the high burnout rates in nursing. While other projects work on the legislative level to help improve nurse/patient ratios, The Compassion Caravan invites nurses to be compassionately heard, seen, and supported.

Why now: 2020 is The Year of The Nurse and Midwife, Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday, and the 40th Anniversary of The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).

The Goal is to provide safe venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, and guided reflection. This grass roots national project, whose target audience is nurses, creates a thread of Compassionate Connection as we travel 2,546 miles of the USA.

The Mission of the Compassion Caravan is to bring more compassion into the lives of nurses.

The Vision of the Compassion Caravan is that “small seeds of compassion” will germinate and provide momentum for change in the current health care system and culture.

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Nursing Theories: Moving Forward through Collaboration, Application, and Innovation, a conference held in Washington, D.C. Nov 14-15, 2019 brought together over 100 nurse theorists and professionals from across the United States to share, network, collaborate and discuss the importance of using nursing theory and nursing science to guide nursing practice.

Deborah Shields, President of the AHNCC Board of Directors, presented a poster; Ellen Schultz, AHNCC past-President and Director-at-Large, Helen Erickson Past -AHNCC President, and Margaret Erickson, CEO of AHNCC, as well as several certified holistic nurses and AHNA members presented and participated.

Dr. Margaret Erickson, CEO of AHNCC, had the opportunity to discuss the work that has been done on the Foundations, Competencies, and Curriculum Guidelines for Basic to Doctoral Holistic Nursing Education with the conference participants. Attendees were invited to read the document and provide feedback on the essentials which are being created to guide nursing education from 2020 to 2030. The request received a good response and interest in the work we have done to create curriculums that are seamless from the Baccalaureate to the Doctoral level and are grounded in Holistic Nursing and Holism.

Thank you to all our sponsors, presenters and attendees for being such an important part of the Nursing Theories: Moving Forward through Collaboration, Application, and Innovation 2019 Conference. Planning for next year’s conference is already underway.

Pictured left to right: Front row: Margaret Erickson, Mary Joseph, Deborah Shields Next row: Marci Maple, Carolyn Kinney, Helen Erickson, Ellen Schultz, Jalma Marcus, Amy Kennick Moore, Marlaine Smith, Rorry Zahourek

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AHNCC is excited to announce that we are moving to C-NET, a different testing management organization. We are pleased to offer new services to applicants at no additional cost. We will begin offering the Practice tests and national examinations through C-NET this spring. Details regarding the implementation date, when and how applications will be accepted, and when the examinations will be available, will be announced in early 2020.

Additional services to be offered to our applicants include:
• year-round testing;
• once approved, a three-month window for testing versus a two-week testing session;
• immediate notification of examination results.
Please stay tuned to our website for more details at

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Duquesne University School of Nursing is seeking people with disabilities to participate in their Standardized Patient with Disability Program. Through this program, nursing students learn to provide competent and comprehensive care to people with disabilities through simulated health care scenarios.
Do you have any clients who would like to participate?