ABSNC Welcomes New Board Members

Mt. Laurel, NJ – March 31, 2020—The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) is pleased to announce results of the 2020 election for new Board Directors. Two Directors were elected for positions beginning with the 2020-2021 fiscal year. In addition, the Board of Directors voted to approve a Public Member. Each of the new board members will serve a three-year term.

Elected by a majority of ABSNC voting constituents is Cynthia D. Beckett, PhD, RNC-OB, LCCE, LSS-BB, CHRC of The Ohio State University College of Nursing. At Ohio State, Ms. Beckett is the Director of the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Certificate Program and was responsible for the development of the Program. Cynthia also serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, teaching at the masters and doctoral levels.

Also elected is Dawn Whiteside, MSN (Ed), RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA. Ms. Whiteside serves as the Director of Education at the Competency & Credentialing Institute. In her role, Dawn directs her efforts to the importance of continued competence and ongoing professional development. 

Joy Redmon, will serve as the Public Member. She is currently the Presiding Administrative Law Judge, Special Education Division for the State of California, where her responsibilities include oversight of Administrative Law Judges, as well as, conducting judicial training. Ms. Redmon is familiar with the non-profit sector and has previously served as a public member.

                “The ABSNC is pleased to have recruited such talent to the Board. The work is challenging. In addition to making decisions about the governance and business of the organization, board members have the opportunity/responsibility of reviewing accreditation application submissions. I would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the ABSNC Board members and, on behalf of the entire board, give a warm welcome to our new Board members.”  

The Board of Directors assume their new roles in July 2020.  ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically dedicated to nursing certification.  Currently ABSNC accredits more than 50 programs from more than 25 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit www.ABSNC.org or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director (info@absnc.org, 856-439-9080).