2019 Interactive Year in Review

2019 Member Awards & Achievements

2019 NCSBN Annual Meeting


The 2019 NCSBN Annual Meeting was held in Chicago Aug. 21-23, giving attendees the opportunity to meet and network with nursing regulators from all over the country and the world. There were 60 member nursing regulatory bodies (MNRBs) represented by delegates at the meeting, during which important regulatory issues were discussed and pertinent association business was conducted. 

Attendees were officially welcomed to Chicago by Mary Ellen Caron, PhD, MEd, a longtime public leader in education and youth development. Caron currently serves as CEO of After School Matters. She brought two of her talented vocal performers from the program to entertain attendees. 

Along with a variety of presentations and activities, NCSBN hosted an exciting keynote speech from Elizabeth Iro, RN, chief nursing officer at the World Health Organization. She was formerly the Cook Islands’ Secretary of Health and chief nursing officer and acting director, Hospital Health Services.

The Annual Meeting concluded with one of the most engaging keynote speakers NCSBN has had in years. Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker and best-selling author. His message focused on the systematic embrace of innovation and risk. His creativity and talent as an artist, coupled with his charismatic presentation brought the crowd to several standing ovations, and helped kick off the final day of the 2019 Annual Meeting on a positive note.

NCSBN Board of Directors President Julia George, MSN, RN, FRE, executive director, North Carolina Board of Nursing, noted, “We had a very productive meeting this year with an open exchange of ideas with all of our members. Our thought-provoking presenters and keynote speakers challenged us to never rest on our laurels, but to march boldly toward our future.”

Highlights of significant actions approved by MNRBs at the Annual Meeting included:

  • Approval of strategic initiatives for the years 2020–2022;
  • Approval of the Puerto Rico Board of Nursing as an associate member of NCSBN;
  • Approval of the Spanish General Council of Nursing as an associate member of NCSBN;
  • Adoption of the 2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan.

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients

NCSBN recognized its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony.

Photography: Tricia Koning Photography

R. Louise McManus Award

The R. Louise McManus Award is the most prestigious award. Individuals nominated for this award shall have made sustained and significant contributions through the highest commitment and dedication to the mission and vision of NCSBN.

2019 R. Louise McManus Award Recipient:

Elizabeth Lund, MSN, RN

Executive Director, Tennessee Board of Nursing

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Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is granted to a member for significant contributions to the mission and vision of NCSBN.

2019 Meritorious Service Award Recipient:

Fred Knight, JD

Board Staff, Arkansas State Board of Nursing

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Exceptional Contribution Award

The Exceptional Contribution Award is granted for significant contribution by a member who is not a president or executive officer.

2019 Exceptional Contribution Award Recipient:

Ingeborg “Bibi” Schultz, MSN, RN, CNE

Board Staff, Missouri State Board of Nursing

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Regulatory Achievement Award

The Regulatory Achievement Award recognizes the member board or associate member that has made an identifiable, significant contribution to the mission and vision of NCSBN in promoting public policy related to the safe and effective practice of nursing in the interest of public welfare.

2019 Regulatory Achievement Award Recipient:

The Alabama Board of Nursing

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Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) Fellows

NCSBN inducted its 13th group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE). The IRE began in 2004 with the purpose of providing boards of nursing (BONs) with high-quality regulatory education, expanding the body of knowledge related to regulation through research and scholarly work, developing the capacity of regulators to become expert leaders, and developing a network of regulators who collaborate to improve regulatory practices and outcomes.

The 2019 class of Fellows includes:

Bonnie Crumley Aybar, MSN, RN, CPAN

New Hampshire Board of Nursing

Jackie Baer, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

South Carolina Board of Nursing

Denise Benbow, MSN, RN

Texas Board of Nursing

Tammy Buchholz, MSN, RN, CNE

North Dakota Board of Nursing

Janeen Dahn, PhD, FNP-C

Arizona State Board of Nursing

Diana Heywood, MN, RN

College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba

Karl Hoehn, JD

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Jimmy Reyes, DNP, AGNP, RN

Iowa Board of Nursing

Leanne Matthes, MA

College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba

Angela McNabb, MN, RN, CPMHN

College of Nurses of Ontario

Renata Neufeld, MPA

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba

Kristie Oles, EdD, MSN, RN

Ohio Board of Nursing

LaDonna Patton, MSN, RN, CEN

Alabama Board of Nursing

Janice Penner, MSN, RN

British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals

Executive Officer Recognition Awards

The award is given in five-year increments to individuals serving in the Executive Officer role. No nomination is necessary for the Executive Officer Recognition Award as it is presented to Executive Officers based on his or her years of service in five-year increments.

Five Years of Service:

Ruby Jason, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Executive Director, Oregon State Board of Nursing

Margaret Cooke, PhD, RN, RM (not pictured)

Executive Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales

Tanya Vogt (not pictured)

Executive Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

10 Years of Service:

Anne Coghlan, MScN, RN

Executive Director & CEO, College of Nurses of Ontario

20 Years of Service (left to right):

Shirley Brekken, MS, RN

Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Nursing

Kimberly Glazier, MEd, RN

Executive Director, Oklahoma Board of Nursing