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Tools for Seeking a Regulatory/Statutory Change:
Formalized Acceptance of RN Specialty Certification for CE and/or CC Requirements

The ultimate goal of this advocacy project is for each state to formally accept RN specialty certification for CE or CC requirements.  The following tools have been developed to assist you with your advocacy efforts when working with state legislators and state nursing regulators.


Advocating Specialty Certification as Continuing Education: State of the States
Download this document for information on the current status of states that accept specialty certification for CE or CC and/or have developed a path for accepting specialty certification.

"How To" Checklist for Meeting with Nursing Regulators
Download the checklist.

Regulatory Approaches for Accepting RN Specialty Certifications as Part of CE/CC
Download this helpful information.

Guide for Meeting with Your Legislator
Download this helpful information.

Model Legislation
Download this helpful information.

Research Packet
The following documents contain research information on the value of specialty nursing certification.

  • Bibliography - Download
  • ABNS Specialty Nursing Certification: Nurses' Perceptions, Values and Behaviors - Download
  • ABNS Position Statement on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification - Download

Sample Letter to Board of Nursing
Download and customize to meet your needs.

Ideas for Utilizing the IOM Report and Corresponding State Efforts in Obtaining Recognition of Specialty Certification
Download this helpful information.

Forming and Working in Coalitions
Download this document for helpful tips and guidance on forming a coalition.

Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association