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NCSBN Considers Pertinent Association Business with its Members at its 2020 Annual Meeting

Posted 8/13/2020
NCSBN met virtually Aug. 12, 2020, to consider pertinent association business with its members.
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CHICAGO - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN),, met virtually Aug. 12, 2020, to consider pertinent association business with its members. There were 60 member nursing regulatory bodies (MNRBs) represented by delegates. 

Incoming NCSBN Board of Directors President Jim Cleghorn, MA, executive director, Georgia Board of Nursing, noted, “To ensure the safety of our members and staff, our 42nd delegate assembly was held in a virtual format. Delegates demonstrated visionary leadership by approving changes to the APRN Compact model language. It is our hope that these changes will enable the APRN Compact to become a reality in the U.S.

Highlights of some of the significant actions approved by the MNRBs:

  • Approved proposed APRN Compact Language changes
  • Elections to the Board of Directors:
    • President-elect, Jay Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, executive director, Virginia Board of Nursing
    • Director-at-Large, Anne Coghlan, MScN, RN, executive director and CEO, College of Nurses of Ontario
    • Director-at-Large, Amy Fitzhugh, JD, chief legal officer, North Carolina Board of Nursing
    • Director-at-Large, Cathy Borris-Hale, MHA, RN, nurse specialist II, District of Columbia Board of Nursing
    • Director-at-Large, Mark Majek, MA, PHR, SHRM-CP, director of Operations, Texas Board of Nursing​
  • NCSBN delegates also elected members of the Leadership Succession Committee (LSC):
    • Tammy Buchholz, MSN, RN, CNE, FRE, associate director for Education, North Dakota Board of Nursing
    • Jennifer Laurent, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, board member, Vermont Board of Nursing

About NCSBN Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.

NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are three exam user members. There are also 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories. 

Mission: NCSBN empowers and supports nursing regulators in their mandate to protect the public.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not individual members.