Candidate for Director-at-Large

Peggy Benson, MSHA, MSN, BC-NE, RN
Executive Officer, Alabama Board of Nursing

Director-at-Large Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a representative of all member boards
  • Transacts the business and affairs, and acts on behalf of NCSBN 

Describe all relevant professional, regulatory and community experience.

Peggy brings 39 years of experience in nursing and health care leadership to her role with ABN. She is a board-certified nurse executive who has worked in various executive roles in nursing and human resources. Peggy’s previous roles include Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), System Director of Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing over a five-hospital system, Director of Nursing for Specialty Services, and Assistant Administrator of Human Resources, Deputy Director, and Executive Officer of the Alabama Board of Nursing. She has served as a Board Member and President of the Alabama Board of Nursing, member of the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Improvement, Chair of the Governor’s Infrastructure Committee, board member and Past President of the Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, past board member and Secretary for the Central District Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, and current member of the Standards Committee-NCSBN. Extensive experience in nursing regulation at all levels.

Certifications

  • Nurse Executive, Board Certified (NE-BC), since 1995 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Professional Activities

  • 2016, Chair, Infrastructure Committee, Governor’s Task Force on Health Care, Alabama
  • 2015, Member, Standards Committee, National Council State Boards of Nursing
  • 2015, Member, Infrastructure and Personnel Committee, Governor’s Task Force on Health Care, Alabama
  • 2012, American Nurses Credentialing Center, member of ANCC Content Expert Registry
  • 2010, Member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (JSU)
  • 2006, President, of the Alabama Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONE)
  • 2004 – 2007, Board member and Secretary, Alabama Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONE)
  • 2002-2007, Secretary, Central district ALaONE
  • 2004, President, Alabama Board of Nursing
  • 2001-2004, Board Member, Alabama Board of Nursing
  • 2005-2010, Advisory Board Member, Alabama Center for Nursing
  • 2001, Advisory Board Member Auburn School of Nursing

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

  1. Borderless health care delivery
    I believe and support borderless health care and easing the burden of practice across state lines. With seamless care comes the responsibility to ensure a safe process that protects all citizens. The NLC is off to a good start and I look forward to the final development of bylaws, policies, and procedures that will define the exact structure of the compact. I have worked with many of Alabama’s health care leaders on telehealth issues and regulatory processes to expedite delivery of care in Alabama.
  2. Regulation of nursing education
    I believe strongly that nursing education programs must be held to the highest possible standards and boards of nursing are in the best position to ensure those standards. A paramount issue we see in Alabama is accreditation requirements for proprietary and distance programs, which has become a national problem and priority for nursing regulation. Boards cannot ensure the rigor of programs without clear regulatory authority and standards.
  3. The role of regulation in evolving scopes of practice
    The ABN began addressing this issue 16 years ago with the establishment of a standardized procedure process which allows for the scope of practice to be expanded as nursing practice evolves beyond basic education. However, advanced practice nurses continue to experience difficulties in practicing to their full scope, especially in those practice settings where APRN scope intersects with the practice of other professionals. Regulatory boards working together can be a driver of change and change initiatives to ensure full practice authority. In Alabama, the pharmacy, medical, and nursing boards conduct routine tri-regulator meetings to address potential conflicts proactively.

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

To create synergy and engagement, I believe the current NCSBN leadership should develop processes for member boards that include: An Executive Officer consultant group to aid struggling boards. Executive Officer engagement groups to identify issues of common concern and build a team mentality across jurisdictional lines. Revamped policy paradigm that invites participation from all member boards throughout the NCSBN planning process. This will open lines of communication, create opportunities for active participation, and develop the inclusive culture and synergy necessary to foster involvement by otherwise disengaged or inactive members.