August 14, 2012 12:00 ET

NCSBN Inducts Its Sixth Group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®),, inducted its sixth group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly in Dallas, Aug. 9, 2012. The IRE began in 2004 with the purpose of providing boards of nursing 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 2012 class of Fellows includes:
Jessie Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, board member, Florida Board of Nursing
Janice Hooper, PhD, RN, FRE, nursing consultant, Texas Board of Nursing
Tracy Klein, PhD, MS, FNP, RN, FAANP, FRE, nurse consultant, Advanced Practice, Oregon State Board of Nursing
Eileen Kugler, MSN, MPH, FNP, RN, FRE, manager, Practice, North Carolina Board of Nursing
Sue Petula, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FRE, nursing educator advisor, Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Pamela Randolph, MS, RN, FRE, associate director, Education/Evidence-based Regulation, Arizona State Board of Nursing
Patricia Spurr, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, FRE, education consultant, Kentucky Board of Nursing

The IRE Fellowship Program is a four-year comprehensive educational and professional development program designed for current regulators who want to enhance their knowledge of and leadership in nursing regulation. The program includes experiences in analyzing issues involving public policy and regulation, strategic planning, patient safety and communication. It also requires the application of evidence-based concepts in decision making and leadership.

Individuals who complete the Fellowship Program requirements are called a Fellow of the NCSBN Regulatory Excellence Institute (FRE) and are entitled to use the initials "FRE" after their name in recognition of their accomplishment.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing 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 12 associate members.

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.

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

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