ARTICLE I: NAME – See Below
ARTICLE II: STATEMENT OF MISSION, VISION AND PURPOSE
ARTICLE III: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INTERNATIONAL NURSES SOCIETY ON ADDICTIONS (IntNSA)
ARTICLE IV: ANCB
ARTICLE V: OFFICES
ARTICLE VI: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARTICLE VII: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS OF THE ANCB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES
ARTICLE X: FINANCE
ARTICLE XI: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
ARTICLE XII: CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS
STATEMENT OF MISSION, VISION AND PURPOSE
ANCB Mission: To establish the addictions nursing specialty certification as the standard of excellence by which all stakeholders recognize quality addictions nursing.
ANCB Vision: Recognizing the pervasiveness of addictions, certification in addictions nursing will be sought after by nurses across all settings and patient populations.
ANCB Purpose: 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:
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INTERNATIONAL NURSES SOCIETY ON ADDICTIONS (IntNSA)
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:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 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.
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.
Section 3 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.
Section 4 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 POWERS AND DUTIES
The business and affairs of ANCB shall be managed by its Board of Directors and overseen by the President.
Section 2 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:
Section 3 DUTIES
Specific duties for all officers and members of the ANCB Board of Directors are detailed in the Policy and Procedure Manual for the ANCB.
Section 4 NOMINATION PROCESS
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.
Section 5 ELECTION PROCESS
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.
Section 6 RESIGNATION
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.
Section 7 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 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.
Section 8 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.
Section 9 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 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 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.
MEETINGS OF THE ANCB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 REGULAR MEETINGS
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.
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, call in number or the location of the meeting.
Section 3 SPECIAL MEETINGS
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.
Section 4 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.
Section 5 VOTING
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.
Section 1 FINANCIAL STATUS
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.
Section 2 CONTRACTS
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.
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 in concert with ANCB President and Treasurer.
The Board of Directors will approve of the operating budget annually.
Section 4 CERTIFICATION FEES
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.
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.
CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS
Section 1 AMENDMENTS
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.
Section 2 TECHNICAL CHANGES
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.