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This is an opportunity to be recognized for the many ways in which your employer supports and recognizes your certified nurses.

Application details for 2024 will be released soon.

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The Award recipient will be announced on March 19 – National Certified Nurses Day! A member of the ABNS Board of Directors personally presents the Award, a beautifully engraved statuary, typically during Nurses Week. Questions? For more information, call ABNS at 978-364-5129 or email

Does your employer promote and recognize specialty nursing certification? Are activities conducted that advance the cause of specialty nursing certification? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, please submit a nomination for the ABNS Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy.

Since the inception of this award, ABNS has had the privilege to recognize the following outstanding departments or organizations that advocate for specialty nursing certification:

  • 2023 Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California
  • 2020 The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 2018 University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals), Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2017 University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
  • 2016 Americare EMS Critical Care Services in Bloomfield, NJ
  • 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) in Richmond, VA
  • 2014 Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
  • 2012 Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • 2011 East Jefferson General Hospital Critical Care Division, Metaire, LA
  • 2010 Duke University Health System, Durham, NC 2009 St. Mary’s Medical Center, Evansville, IL
  • 2008 Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • 2007 Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA
  • 2006 4th Floor, Surgical, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
  • 2005 Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2004 Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, ND
  • 2003 Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA 
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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