August 25, 2016 14:00 ET

NCSBN Considers Pertinent Association Business With Its Member Boards of Nursing at Its 2016 Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 25, 2016) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®),, met in Chicago,
Aug. 17-19, 2016, to consider pertinent association business with its member boards of nursing (BONs). There were 59 member boards represented by delegates.

NCSBN President Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN, executive director, Texas Board of Nursing noted, "The delegate assembly was inspired by two outstanding keynote speakers who challenged us to think in new and evolutionary ways. Dr. Malcolm Sparrow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, spoke about risk-based regulation which moves resources away from technical compliance with laws towards a focus on conduct that represents real risks to public safety. Alan Hobson, Mount Everest summiteer and cancer survivor, described how his journey to the top of the world gave him the tools to fight an aggressive cancer with courage and faith."

Highlights of some of the significant actions approved by the member BONs include:

  • Approved the Strategic Initiatives for the years 2017-2019.
  • Approved amendments to the NCSBN Bylaws.
  • Approved the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses, the Licensed Practical Nurses Registration Board of Prince Edward Island and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia as associate members of NCSBN.
  • Adopted the 2017 NCLEX-PN® Test Plan.
  • Elected new members of the NCSBN Board of Directors and Leadership Succession Committee.

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.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

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Chicago, IL

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