August 08, 2005 03:00 ET

NCSBN Award Ceremony Honors Outstanding Nurse Regulators

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 8, 2005 -- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) ( recognized its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards luncheon during the 2005 NCSBN Delegate Assembly held in Washington, D.C. Over 300 guests joined in the festivities, which were presided over by NCSBN President, Donna Dorsey. Dorsey commented that she was delighted to honor NCSBN members and guests for their significant contributions to nursing regulation. She also thanked the NCSBN Committee Chairs and volunteers for their outstanding efforts on behalf of NCSBN.

Specific award recipients included:

Barbara Morvant, MN, RN, Executive Officer of the Louisiana State Board of
The R. Louise McManus Award is the most prestigious of NCSBN's awards. Individuals nominated for this award have made sustained and lasting significant contributions through their highest commitment and dedication to the purposes and mission of NCSBN.
Marcia Hobbs, RN, DSN, Board Member of the Kentucky Board of Nursing
The Meritorious Achievement Award is granted to a board or staff member of a Member Board for significant contributions to the purposes of NCSBN and who make a positive impact on the contributions of NCSBN.
Robin Vogt, PhD, RN, FNP-C, recent past President of the Missouri Board of
The Exceptional Leadership Award is granted to an individual who has served as president of a member board and has made significant contributions to NCSBN in that role.
William F. Knight, JD, General Counsel of the Arkansas State Board of
The Exceptional Contribution Award is granted for significant contribution by a board of nursing staff member who does not serve as an executive officer or a board member who is not the current board president.

In addition, service awards were given to the following executive officers of boards of nursing:

5 years
Claire Glaviano, MN, RN, BSN        Louisiana-PN
Barbara Zittel, PhD, RN             New York
Martha Bursinger, MSN, RN           South Carolina
N. Genell Lee, JD, MSN, RN          Alabama
Etenauga Lutu, RN                   American Somoa
Faith Fields, MSN, RN               Arkansas
Jacqueline  Hightower, JD           Georgia-PN
Sandra Evans, MAEd, RN              Idaho
Mary Blubaugh, MSN, RN              Kansas
Myra Broadway, JD, MS, RN           Maine
Shirley Brekken, MS, RN             Minnesota
Polly Johnson, MSN, RN              North Carolina
Kim Glazier, MEd, RN                Oklahoma
Paula Meyer, MSN, RN                Washington
Kimberly Nania, PhD, MA, BS         Wisconsin
Cheryl Lynn Koski, MN, RN, CS       Wyoming
Connie Kalanek, PhD, RN             North Dakota

10 years
Joey Ridenour, MN, RN               Arizona
Kathy Thomas, MN, RN                Texas
Anita Ristau, MS, RN                Vermont
Laura Rhodes, MSN, RN               West Virginia-RN

15 Years
Iva Boardman, RN, MSN               Delaware
Kathleen Yokouchi, MBA, BBA, BA     Hawaii

20 Years
Elizabeth Lund, MSN, RN             Tennessee

30 Years
Sharon M. Weisenbeck, MS, RN        Kentucky
Continuing in the yearly tradition of acknowledging each member boards as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary, this year, the Colorado Board of Nursing, the California-RN Board of Registered Nursing and The Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing are congratulated on reaching this significant milestone and are valued for their many contributions to nursing regulation in service to public welfare and safety.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five United States territories -- American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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