The name of the organization shall be the Addiction Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).
To establish the addictions nursing specialty certification as the standard of excellence by which all stakeholders recognize quality addictions nursing.
Recognizing the pervasiveness of addictions, certification in addictions nursing will be sought after by nurses across all settings and patient populations.
To provide a mechanism for certification of a quality specialty nursing certification program for addiction nursing.
This shall be inclusive of, but not limited to:
- Setting, maintaining, and evaluating standards for certification and re-certification of all aspects of addiction nursing.
- Establishing, administering, and continuously evaluating the certification process, which recognizes competency in addictions nursing practices.
- Providing formal recognition of individuals who meet the certification requirements.
- Ensuring the integrity of the credentialing program by investigating notifications of violations.
- Promoting the certification programs for Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and Certified Addictions Registered Nurse–Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) nursing practice.
- Encouraging continued professional growth in the specialty of CARN and CARN-AP nursing practice.
- Providing identification of nurses who have achieved certification in CARN and CARN-AP nursing to employing agencies, the public and other healthcare professionals.
- Exploring and developing new areas of interest to the certification board, including evaluating trends in specialty healthcare practice both nationally and internationally.
ANCB, as the certifying governing body of IntNSA, is an entity with organizational autonomy, governed by certified nursing members. A collaborative relationship exists between ANCB and IntNSA that supports the addiction nursing specialty.
ANCB and IntNSA are separate organizations with separate bylaws and mission statements. The IntNSA membership is of vital importance for ANCB. Therefore, communication between the two organizations shall be collaborative and ongoing.
ANCB is the entity in all matters relating to certification and has full authority for establishing policies, procedures, and standards required for the following:
- Examination content and construction
- Examination integrity
- Test administration
- Scoring of examination in accordance with generally accepted psychometric principles
- Rules for procedures for meetings, including site, frequency, and agenda
- Committees, standing and/or ad hoc.
ANCB shall have and maintain an agreement and offices with a management company.
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
ANCB shall consist of at least nine voting Directors, including four (4) of whom will serve as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. There shall be not less than four (4) Directors at large. At least two (2) Directors shall be appointed with the designation of Certified Addictions Registered Nurse and at least two (2) Directors shall hold the designation of Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advance Practice. At least one Director who is not a registered nurse and who does not work in the field of addiction shall be appointed as a Public Member to serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors, representing the public interest. One certified (CARN/CARN-AP) from the IntNSA Board of Directors shall serve as an ex-officio member in a non-voting capacity.
- The ANCB President is the chief officer of the ANCB and shall, in general, supervise and manage the affairs of the ANCB. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The President also serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of IntNSA Board of Directors. The President performs such other duties as are necessary and incident to the office of President or as may be prescribed by the ANCB Board of Directors.
ANCB Vice President
- The Vice President is an officer who serves to be prepared to assume the position of President once it is vacated by the outgoing President. The Vice President, in absence of the President, shall exercise the powers of the President. The Vice President shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President. The Vice President also serves/oversees activities should the standing President not be able to perform her/his functions.
- The Secretary is an officer appointed from the ANCB Board of Directors. The Secretary will keep an accurate record of all Board meetings as well as the ANCB annual meeting. The Secretary shall preserve records, documents and correspondence as directed by the Board of Directors and ensure appropriate archival procedures are followed. The Secretary shall cause notice to be given of all meetings of the Board and shall perform other duties incident of the office of Secretary as assigned by the Board.
- The Treasurer is an officer appointed from the ANCB Directors. Under the general supervision of the ANCB Board of Directors, the treasurer shall be in charge of the ANCB funds, financial records, and receipt for any monies belonging to the ANCB; make disbursements, and supervise the work of any management firm retained to manage the ANCB’s funds; and at least annually, and at such other times as may be required, submit to the ANCB Board of Directors a report of receipts and disbursements and the financial status of ANCB.
- Individuals who are not registered nurses or employed/involved with any nursing organization, and not involved in any organization that has a relationship with an addiction entity, but who are involved with consumer advocacy groups or issues, or have an interest in health care as it relates to protection of the public, shall be eligible for public representation on the ANCB. The Public member may not concurrently serve on the Board of IntNSA.
Section 2 QUALIFICATIONS
Except for the Public Member, ANCB members must be Registered Nurses in good standing, and be either a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) or a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse Advanced Practice (CARN-AP).
Specific qualifications are described in the policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
TERMS OF OFFICE
All Directors of the ANCB are elected for staggered two-year terms. Members of the Board of Directors may serve two consecutive terms of office and, with at least a minimum of a one-year break in service, may serve a maximum of two more terms of office.
Officers of the Board of Directors shall serve a two-year term of office and may seek a second term. No officer may serve more than a total of four consecutive years in one office. All officers shall have served one year as a Director of ANCB prior to accepting an officer position.
All Directors shall assume office at the Annual Meeting following appointment to the Board, or immediately when appointed to fill a vacancy.
TERMINATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERSHIP
Membership of any Director of ANCB shall terminate at the end of his/her term. A Director may also be terminated for cause, or whenever, in the judgment of the ANCB Board, it is in the best interest of ANCB. The Board shall provide the Director in question a written statement of examples of poor performance in adhering to the requirements and responsibilities of the role of Director and will assist the Director in developing a plan for improvement with timelines. If the Director is unable or unwilling to complete the improvement plan, the Director will be asked to resign by the President (or by the Vice President if the President is the one in question). If the Director in question chooses to not resign, an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the ANCB Board is required to remove the Director.
POWERS AND DUTIES
The business and affairs of ANCB shall be managed by its Board of Directors and overseen by the President.
POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Organizational affairs shall be managed by the ANCB Board of Directors, which has oversight authority of said activities.
The ANCB Board of Directors shall have powers and responsibilities including but not limited to:
- Exercising the responsibility and fiduciary duties of the ANCB consistent with applicable provisions of law;
- Hiring, evaluating, and terminating of a CEO and/or management firm;
- Overseeing general administration of the ANCB through the Executive Director and assigned staff;
- Adopting policies and procedures for the conduct of its business;
- Maintaining the fiscal integrity of ANCB;
- Performing periodic reviews and maintaining the ANCB’s standards, policies and procedures;
- Conducting reviews and making decisions regarding accreditation/certification of Addictions Nursing Certification programs;
- Electing the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the ANCB as defined by policy from among the members of the ANCB Board of Directors.
- Ensuring that processes are in place to prevent conflicts of interest and ethics breaches.
Specific duties for all officers and members of the ANCB Board of Directors are detailed in the Policy and Procedure Manual for the ANCB.
Candidates for Board Director and officer positions shall be nominated according to the procedures established by the ANCB, as delineated in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Elections of Directors and officers will be conducted by the procedures established by the ANCB Board of Directors as delineated in the Policies and Procedures Manual. Only ANCB Directors shall vote in the elections for ANCB Directors. Elections shall take place prior to the Annual Meeting but the term of office will take place in connection with the Annual Meeting. A quorum shall consist of those members present in person or by email and a simple majority vote shall be necessary to elect members of the Board of Directors. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.
Any Director of the ANCB Board of Directors may resign at any time by giving written notice to the ANCB President. Such resignation shall take effect upon receipt by the President, or in the case of the resignation of the President, the Vice President.
ANCB has sole responsibility for securing and appointing Directors. In the event of a vacancy within the ANCB Board of Directors, the Board shall appoint a qualified individual to fulfil the unexpired term created by a resignation or leave the position unfilled provided the required minimum numbers of Directors are maintained. Candidates for an open ANCB Director position are solicited by recommendation or self-nomination. Sitting ANCB Directors elect a Director based on a review of the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of ANCB.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST/CONFIDENTIALITY/UNAUTHORIZED REPRESENTATION
At the time of appointment and annually, all ANCB Board members and officers shall submit a signed Conflict of Interest, Confidentiality, and Unauthorized Representation agreement.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ANCB works diligently to make sure that all its Directors are treated equally and fairly. Reports of misconduct by any Director may be reported to the Board. If this occurs, the Board of Directors will undertake an investigation of the behaviour as described in the policies and procedures established by the Board. If substantiated, the complaint may lead to disciplinary action as described in the Policy and Procedure Manual. A Director who is removed from office pursuant to this section shall be ineligible to serve as a Director or Officer in the future.
There shall be at least one in-person meeting of the ANCB Board of Directors held during the annual IntNSA Educational Conference, which shall be designated as the Annual Meeting. The ANCB will hold additional meetings by conference call.
NOTICE OF MEETINGS
Regular meetings of the ANCB will be given no less than thirty (30) days electronic notice, which shall include the date, time, call in number or the location of the meeting.
Special meetings may be held at the request of the President or any four (4) members of the Board of Directors, with no less than twenty-four (24) hours’ notice, which shall include the date, time, and location of the meeting.
MEANS OF MEETINGS
Meetings of the ANCB, regular or special, may be held at a time and location designated by the President. Meetings may be held by conference call or other electronic means and are considered official meetings.
All voting in ANCB meetings, including elections of officers, may be by voice, written ballot, mail, fax, text, or email voting, as determined by the Board of Directors.
All members of the ANCB Board of Directors, including the Public Member, are eligible to vote. IntNSA ex-officio maintains non-voting membership.
A simple majority of ANCB board members, so long as either President or Vice President is present, shall constitute a quorum of the board at all meetings.
The ANCB may establish such standing and special committees as needed and define their purpose and authority.
The ANCB and IntNSA are and will continue to be independent. ANCB is responsible for all aspects of budget preparation and approval. Certification fees shall be appropriate to continue the work of the organization. Financial transactions will be conducted according to commonly accepted accounting principles, including periodic independent audits.
The ANCB Board of Directors may authorize the Executive Director of a management company retained to assist with ANCB management to enter into a contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the ANCB with prior approval. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. All contracts and instruments with a value of more than $250 US dollars (two hundred fifty dollars) require electronic or hard copy signatures of the Executive Director, President and Treasurer.
All payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the ANCB shall be paid as designated by the ANCB Board of Directors. All funds of the ANCB shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the ANCB in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as recommended by the management company in concert with ANCB President and Treasurer.
The Board of Directors will approve of the operating budget annually.
The ANCB Board of Directors shall determine certification fees. These fees will be collected before a candidate takes the exam or a certificant is recertified.
The fiscal year of the ANCB shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30.
All meetings of the ANCB Board of Directors and all in-person or electronic votes of the members shall be conducted utilizing common principles of parliamentary procedure designed to promote fairness and participation. The most current issue of Robert’s Rules of Order will be the reference used.
The exclusive method for effecting amendments to these bylaws shall be: (1) proposal by the Board of Directors to the membership, and (2) approval by the membership. The method of voting by the members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. If the vote takes place at a meeting of the members, then at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members present in person must vote in the affirmative for the proposed amendment to be approved. If the vote is conducted via mail, fax, or email ballot, then for approval at least two-thirds (2/3) of the membership’s returned vote of ballots must vote in the affirmative.
At least thirty (30) days written notice shall be given to the membership of the intention to amend the Bylaws.
Technical changes and/or technical corrections to the Bylaws may be made by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. Technical corrections include grammar, punctuation, and changes to provide consistency in language.