Addictions Nursing Certification Board


The name of the organization shall be the Addiction Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)

The mission of ANCB is to establish the addictions nursing specialty certification as the standard of excellence by which all stakeholders recognize quality addictions nursing.

The vision of ANCB is: Recognizing the pervasiveness of addictions; certification in addictions nursing will be sought after by nurses across all settings and patient populations.

The purpose of ANCB is 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:

  • Set, maintain, and evaluate standards for certification and re-certification of all aspects of addiction
  • Establish, administer, and continuously evaluate the certification process which recognizes competency in addiction nursing practices.
  • Provide formal recognition of individuals who meet the certification requirements.
  • Ensure the integrity of the credentialing program by investigating notifications of violations.
  • Promote the certification program for CARN and CARN-AP nursing practice.
  • Encourage continued professional growth in the specialty of CARN and CARN-AP nursing practice.
  • Provide identification of nurses who have achieved certification in CARN and CARN-AP nursing to employing agencies, the public and other healthcare professionals.
  • Explore and develop new areas of interest to the certification board, including evaluating trends in specialty healthcare practice nationally and internationally.

Article III
Relationship with the International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA)
ANCB, as the independent certifying governing body of IntNSA, is an entity with organizational autonomy, governed by certified nursing members. A collaborative relationship exists between ANCB and IntNSA which supports the addiction nursing specialty.

IntNSA and the ANCB are separate organizations with separate bylaws and mission statements. Neither Board answers to or is subordinate to the other Board. The IntNSA membership is of vital importance for ANCB. Therefore, communication between the two organizations shall be collaborative and ongoing.

ANCB is independent 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
  • Test Administration
  • Scoring of examination in accordance with generally accepted psychometric principles
  • Certification without examination
  • Rules for procedures for meetings, including site, frequency, and agenda
  • Appeals
  • Committees, standings and/or ad hoc

ANCB shall have and maintain offices in collaboration with the current management company of the International Nurses Society on Addictions.

Section 1 MEMBERS
ANCB Board members shall consist of at least nine voting members: Chairperson, Co- Chairperson, Public member, Secretary, Treasurer, and not less than 4 Directors at large. Two Directors shall be appointed with the certification of the Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) and two Directors shall hold the certification of the Certified Addiction Registered Nurse-Advance Practice (CARN-AP). One IntNSA Board of Director shall serve in an ex-officio; non-voting capacity as an ANCB Director.

ANCB Chairperson
The ANCB Chairperson is the chief officer of the ANCB and shall in general supervise and manage the affairs of the ANCB. The Chairperson also serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of IntNSA Board of Directors. The Chairperson performs such other duties as are necessary and incident to the office of Chairperson or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors of ANCB.

ANCB Co-Chair
The Co- Chair serves in order to be prepared to assume the position of Chairperson once it is vacated by the outgoing Chairperson. The Co-Chair, in absence of the Chairperson, shall exercise the powers of the Chairperson. The Co-Chair shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Chairperson. The Co-Chair also serves/oversees activities should the standing Chairperson is not be able to perform her/his functions.

Public Representation
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.

Recording Secretary
The Secretary shall be appointed from the ANCB Directors. The Secretary will keep an accurate record of the meetings of all Board of Directors meetings as well as the Annual Meeting. The Secretary shall preserve records, documents and correspondence as directed by the Board of Directors and assure that they are properly archived. The Secretary shall cause notice to be given of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall perform other duties incident of the office of Secretary as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Under the general supervision of the Board of ANCB, the treasurer shall be in charge of the ANCB funds and financial records, receive and receipt for any monies belonging to the ANCB; make disbursements, and work closely with the management firm to manage the ANCB’s funds; and at least annually, and at such other times as may be required, submit to the Board of ANCB a report of receipts and disbursements and the financial state of ANCB.

Except for the Public Member, members of the ANCB, 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. All Directors shall be current members of IntNSA.

Specific qualifications are described in the policies and procedures established by the Board.

Section 4 Terms of Office
All Directors of the ANCB are elected for staggered two-year terms. Members of the board may serve two consecutive terms of office and with at least a minimum of a one year break in service, and may serve a maximum of two more terms of office.

Officers of the Board of Directors (Chair and Co- Chair) 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 as a Director of ANCB prior to accepting the office of Co-Chair and Chairperson. The Chairperson will serve one year as Co-Chair prior to serving as Chairperson.

All Board members shall assume office during the Annual Meeting or when a vacancy arises.

The membership of any member of ANCB shall terminate at the time of their term or for cause, or whenever, in the judgment of the ANCB Board, it is in the best interest of ANCB. A majority vote of all members of the Board of ANCB is needed.

The business and affairs of ANCB shall be managed by its Board of Directors and overseen by the Chairperson.

Section 7 Powers and Responsibilities
The affairs of the organization 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 Addiction Nursing Certification programs;
  • Electing the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary, Treasurer of the ANCB as defined by policy from among the board members of the ANCB.
  • Ensuring that processes are in place to prevent conflicts of interest and ethics breaches.

Section 8 Duties
Specific duties for all ANCB board members and officers are detailed in the Policy and Procedure Manual for the ANCB.

Section 9 Nomination Process
Candidates for Director and Officer Positions shall be nominated by the procedures established by the ANCB, as delineated in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Section 10 Election Process
ANCB will adopt a set of operating procedures to include election from among its members for a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Elections will be conducted by the procedures established by the ANCB Board of Directors. Only representatives from ANCB shall vote in the elections for ANCB members. Elections normally shall take place in connection with the annual Educational Conference of IntNSA. 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. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.

Section 11 Resignation
Any member of the ANCB Board of Directors may resign at any time by giving written notice to the ANCB Chairperson. Such resignation shall take effect upon receipt by the Chairperson, or in the case of the resignation of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson.

Section 12 Vacancies
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 fulfill the unexpired term created by a resignation. 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.

Section 13 Conflict of Interest/Ethical Behavior

  • At the time of appointment and annually all ANCB Board members and Officers shall a sign a Waiver of Eligibility to acknowledge and uphold ineligibility to participate directly or indirectly in any activity or event relaying to the Addiction Nursing Certification Examination.
  • At the time of appointment and annually all ANCB Board members and Officers shall submit a Conflict of Interest Statement.
  • At the time of appointment and annually, the ANCB members and officers shall sign a Commitment to Serve Statement.

Section 14 Disciplinary Action Against Members of the ANCB Board of Directors
The Board works diligently to make sure that members are treated equally and fairly. Reports of misconduct by any Director may be reported to the Board by any member. If this occurs, the Board will undertake an investigation of the behavior as described in the policies and procedures established by the Board. If substantiated, the complaint may lead to disciplinary action as described in the policies and procedures. A Director who is removed from office pursuant to this section shall be ineligible to serve as a Director or Officer in the future.

Section 1 Regular Meetings
There shall be at least one face to face 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 also meet on monthly basis.

Any Board member, who misses two consecutive meetings and two meetings within one calendar year, without delivering a satisfactory explanation prior to the meetings or obtaining approval of the Board, may be removed by the vote of a majority.

Section 2 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, and place of the meeting.

Section 3 Special Meetings
Special meetings may be held at the call of the Chairperson or any four (4) members of the Board of Directors, on no less than twenty-four (24) hours’ notice, which shall include the date, time, and place of the meeting.

Section 4 Means of Meeting
Meetings of the ANCB, regular or special, may be held at a time and place designated by the Chairperson. Meetings may be held by conference call or other electronic means.

Section 5 Voting
All voting in ANCB meetings, including elections of officers, may be by voice, written ballot, mail, fax, 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; excluding only the IntNSA ex-officio member.

Section 6 Quorum
A simple majority of ANCB board members, so long as either Chairperson or Vice Chairperson is present, shall constitute a quorum of the board at all of its meetings.

The ANCB may establish such standing and special committees and accreditation Review Teams as needed and define their purpose and authority.

Section 1 Financial Status
The ANCB and IntNSA shall be independent and collaborate in 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.

Section 2 Contracts
The ANCB Board of Directors may authorize the Executive Director and President of IntNSA to enter into a contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the ANCB. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 3 ANCB Monies
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.

Section 4 Accreditation Fees
The ANCB Board of Directors shall determine accreditation fees. Nonpayment of certification fees 60 days following a final demand notice results in loss of certification status.

Section 5 Fiscal Year
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 entire membership must vote in the affirmative.

Approved by ANCB

IntNSA's Mission: To advance excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of addictions for diverse populations across all practice setting
through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development.
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