Chicago - National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) President Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN, executive director, Texas Board of Nursing, announces new members to the NCSBN Board of Directors who were elected during the 2016 Delegate Assembly. Thomas took office at the conclusion of the meeting and will serve for the next two years.
Those elected include:
Julia L. George, MSN, RN, FRE, executive director, North Carolina Board of Nursing, was elected president-elect after serving as NCSBN treasurer since 2011. She previously served as the Area III director from 2007-2011 and is a Fellow of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence. George served on the NCSBN Resolutions Committee from 2002-2003 and the NCSBN Practice, Regulation & Education Committee from 2003-2004. She is the recipient of the NCSBN Meritorious Service Award and NCSBN’s highest honor, the R. Louise McManus Award.
Gloria Damgaard, MS, RN, FRE, executive director, South Dakota Board of Nursing, was elected treasurer after having served as a director-at-large since 2012. She previously served on the NCSBN Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence Committee from 2011-2012 and the NCSBN Resolutions Committee from 2005-2007. She served from 2006-2009 as chair of the National Licensure Compact Administrators.
Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, executive director, Maryland Board of Nursing, was elected a director-at-large. She previously served on the Institute of Regulatory Excellence Committee and the Leadership Succession Committee.
Lori Scheidt, MBA-HCM, executive director, Missouri State Board of Nursing, was elected a director-at-large. She previously served on the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators Executive Committee as vice chair from 2012-2016 and as the chair of the Fraud Detection Committee in 2015.
Karen Scipio-Skinner, MSN, RN, executive director, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, was reelected a director-at-large. She previously chaired NCSBN’s Executive Officers Network and served as member of NCSBN’s Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence Committee and the Awards Committee.
Valerie Smith, MS, RN, FRE, associate director, Arizona State Board of Nursing, was elected a director-at-large. She was appointed a director-at-large in 2015. She previously served as the chair of the Discipline Effective Practices Subcommittee.
NCSBN delegates also elected members of the Leadership Succession Committee (LSC):
Area II Member - Melissa Hanson, MSN, RN, board staff, North Dakota Board of Nursing
Area III Member -Stacey Cropley, DNP, RN, board staff, Texas Board of Nursing
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing (BONs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the BONs 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 also 27 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 4.5 million licensed nurses.
Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.
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