The National Board for
Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN) is an independently
incorporated organization established for the purpose of developing and
implementing the voluntary certification process of school nurses.
The NBCSN is an independent organization; however, NBCSN works in
collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, and
communication between the two organizations is a priority.
NBCSN is a regular member of
Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) and the NCSN®
certification program was granted accreditation by the Accrediation
Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) in May 2008.
ABSNC was created, in
part, to create uniformity in nursing certification and to increase
public awareness of the value of quality certification to healthcare.
It is the
standard-setting body for specialty nursing certification programs and
offers a very stringent and comprehensive accreditation process.
NBCSN provided extensive documentation demonstrating that it has met the
18 ABSNC standards of quality. Nursing specialty organizations
frequently use the analogy that ABSNC is to
nursing certification as JCAHO is to hospitals. What does ABSNC accreditation
mean for those interested in becoming NCSN® certified or for those
already certified? It means that a nationally recognized
accrediting body has determined that the NCSN® credential is based on a
valid and reliable testing process and that the structures in place to
administer the examinations meet and even exceed the standards of the certification industry from a legal, regulatory and association
management perspective. For
further information about ABNS/ABSNC and the accreditation process and
standards, visit their website at www.nursingcertification.org.