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:
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
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
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
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
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
Jackie Baer, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Denise Benbow, MSN, RN
Tammy Buchholz, MSN, RN, CNE
Janeen Dahn, PhD, FNP-C
Diana Heywood, MN, RN
Karl Hoehn, JD
Jimmy Reyes, DNP, AGNP, RN
Leanne Matthes, MA
Angela McNabb, MN, RN, CPMHN
Renata Neufeld, MPA
Kristie Oles, EdD, MSN, RN
LaDonna Patton, MSN, RN, CEN
Janice Penner, MSN, RN
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
Margaret Cooke, PhD, RN, RM (not pictured)
Tanya Vogt (not pictured)
10 Years of Service:
Anne Coghlan, MScN, RN
20 Years of Service (left to right):
Shirley Brekken, MS, RN
Kimberly Glazier, MEd, RN