National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists Receives Accreditation of its Non-Surgical Pain Management Certification From the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, 12/20/2017 —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists(NBCRNA) has been granted initial accreditation for the Non-Surgical Pain Management (NSPM) certification program.

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting patient safety by enhancing provider quality in the field of nurse anesthesia. The NBCRNA accomplishes its mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among the nearly 50,000 nurse anesthetists in the United States. The vision of the NBCRNA is to be recognized as the leader in advanced practice nurse credentialing. The NBCRNA certification and recertification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).

"In response to challenges continually faced by many nurse anesthetists who practice nonsurgical pain management (NSPM), the NBCRNA developed the NSPM certification program (NSPM-C), which launched in 2015. The NSPM-C is a voluntary program for nurse anesthetists who have demonstrated distinctive knowledge and a specific skillset in the subspecialty practice of NSPM. The NBCRNA recognizes the importance of this program to the profession of nurse anesthesia, to the safety of the patients, and to those who practice in the subspecialty. The NBCRNA is proud to have held long-standing accreditation by ABSNC for the CRNA credential program.  We are pleased to receive initial accreditation from the ABSNC for our NSPM-C program. This recognition reflects our commitment to high standards for this subspecialty certification program, and demonstrates this program meets the rigorous benchmarks established by the ABSNC”, said Karen Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, NBCRNA.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 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 or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439-9080).