Candidate for President-elect

Jim Cleghorn, MA
Executive Director, Georgia Board of Nursing

President-elect Responsibilities:

  1. Assists the president and performs the duties of the president in the president’s absence
  2. Assumes the office of the president at the conclusion of the president’s term and fills any vacancy in the office of the president
  3. The President-elect shall have served NCSBN as either a delegate, a committee member, a director or an officer before being elected to the office of President-elect

Describe all relevant professional, regulatory and community experience.

Serving as the executive director of the Georgia Board of Nursing since August 2010, I have instituted several innovative program changes to streamline regulatory processes and have taken advantage of the opportunities afforded to me through involvement with NCSBN. The executive coaching program in 2012-2013 provided a “jump start” in a broader look at regulation. As a member of the Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence (CORE) Committee from 2012 through 2014 the importance of documenting and defining the immediate outcomes of the regulatory work became clear in helping identify promising practices for public safety. In September 2014 I was appointed to the Board of Directors as Area III Director and have worked ardently to learn the essential elements of representing the membership and the organization. In 2015 I was appointed as board member liaison to the NCLEX Committee. Over the last three years I have gained a deeper understanding of the developmental process and administration of the NCLEX. Prior to my work with the Georgia Board of Nursing I served as business analyst with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. In that role, I worked with the agency’s Professional Licensing Boards Division to review licensure and discipline processes, identify inconsistencies and inefficiencies and recommend improvements to maximize constituent services, agency productivity and protection of the public.

My service with NCSBN has provided me with many rewarding opportunities to learn from the examples set by leaders in nursing regulation. The invaluable education and experience has enabled me to increase my personal knowledge of board operations, regulation and management principles and has challenged me to become a well-rounded leader.

Our family is very involved with our local church where my wife and I participate in various ministries and lead a Sunday School class for young couples.

What is your perspective regarding the following issues affecting nursing regulation?

  1. Borderless health care delivery
    The heal thcare delivery system is rapidly changing and the number of patients seeking care is rising. Telemedicine has enabled providers to work to meet the new demands by expanding their practice across jurisdictional lines into other states and even into other countries. I am enthusiastic about the future of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact and look forward to working with boards of nursing and NCSBN to identify issues and barriers and develop solutions to ensure that our constituents continue to have access to safe and competent care through every possible delivery model.
  2. Regulation of nursing education
    New models of nursing education are being developed to meet the demands of an increasingly complex health care system. Advances in technology are changing the classroom and increasing access for interested students. Boards of nursing must work to advance regulatory structures for programs using evidence based research to maintain high quality program outcomes. This effort will require collaboration and partnerships with education programs and practice settings.
  3. The role of regulation in evolving scopes of practice
    As our health care system continues to grow and evolve, the scope of practice for nurses will have to expand to meet the increasing needs. As practice changes, we will see tasks shifted and ultimately, tasks reserved for a person who has been in nursing for many years will be performed by entry level nurses. As the nursing profession advocates for increased scope of practice, nursing regulation must be a partner in the process and work to enable nurses to practice to the full extent of their knowledge and training to ensure safe and competent care is available to all consumers.

Please describe a strategy or activity to increase participation in the leadership of the organization.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides many opportunities for individuals to explore leadership roles, develop leadership traits and be mentored by individuals with proven track records of successful leadership. I believe early engagement is absolutely essential to increase participation in the leadership of the organization. A new member who becomes aware of the importance and benefit of participation in NCSBN activities early on will learn about the opportunities available to them and be encouraged to develop and utilize their leadership skills.

Additionally, I believe that a targeted approach to identifying potential leaders may be appropriate. Each member has a unique set of talents and abilities. NCSBN may benefit from maintaining an inventory of specific education and leadership strengths for members. This inventory could be utilized to match strengths and expertise with membership needs when seeking candidates for committee appointments and other leadership activities.

Finally, the potential impact of personal encouragement cannot be understated. Encouraging members to take advantage of the numerous leadership development opportunities that are presented by the organization is essential. Truly, each member has a responsibility to work toward the future success of the organization. There are opportunities for service and leadership development at every level. It is incumbent upon the organization’s leadership to seek out potential leaders. As a membership organization, we all must be ready to identify potential leaders and help them start the leadership journey today!