The American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) is the independent, not-for-profit corporation established to design, implement, and evaluate a certification program for professional nurses involved in the specialty practice of neuroscience nursing and its subspecialties.
ABNN is solely responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN®) and Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN®) certification and recertification programs. The mission of ABNN is to advance neuroscience nurses' practice and contributions to neurological health through certification of registered nurses. ABNN's vision is for every person with neurological health needs to receive excellent care from ABNN-certified registered nurses.
Per its bylaws, ABNN’s purpose is to
- encourage the study of neuroscience nursing
- promote and advance the practice of neuroscience nursing through specialty certification
- determine minimum requirements for individuals who seek certification in neuroscience nursing and its subspecialties
- conduct examinations for certification of qualified candidates
- provide a mechanism for recertification in neuroscience nursing and its subspecialties.
The CNRN certification program was developed through the auspices of the American Association of Neurosurgical Nurses (now known as the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses [AANN]) in 1978. The SCRN certification program was developed through the auspices of AANN in 2013.
It is with great pleasure the ABNN Board of Trustees presents the 2017 Annual Report. Addressing the accomplishments of ABNN and its allied organizations, this annual report presents a comprehensive and transparent look at the organizations.