August 19, 2009 12:00 ET

NCSBN® Awards Ceremony Honors Outstanding Nurse Regulators

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) ( recognized its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, during the NCSBN Delegate Assembly held in Philadelphia.

Specific award recipients include:

Faith Fields, MSN, RN, executive director, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, was honored with the prestigious R. Louise McManus Award. Individuals receiving this award have made sustained and lasting significant contributions through their deep commitment and dedication to the purposes and mission of NCSBN.

Sheila Exstrom, PhD, RN, nursing education consultant, Nebraska Board of Nursing, received the Meritorious Service Award, which is granted to a board or staff member of a member board for positive impact and significant contributions to the purposes of NCSBN.

Nancy Murphy, MS, RN, BC, CPM, education consultant, South Carolina State Board of Nursing, received the Exceptional Contribution Award, which is awarded 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.

The Ohio Board of Nursing was awarded the Regulatory Achievement Award that recognizes the member board that has made an identifiable, significant contribution to the purpose of NCSBN in promoting public policy related to the safe and effective practice of nursing in the interest of public welfare.

Every year NCSBN honors executive officers at noteworthy points in their service to nursing regulation. Service awards were given to the following executive officers of boards of nursing:

Fifteen Years

Teresa Bello-Jones, JD, MSN, RN, executive officer, California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

Ten Years

N. Genell Lee, JD, MSN, RN, executive officer, Alabama Board of Nursing

Mary Blubaugh, MSN, RN, executive administrator, Kansas State Board of Nursing

Shirley Brekken, MS, RN, executive director, Minnesota Board of Nursing

Kimberly Glazier, MEd, RN, executive director, Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Five Years

George J. Hebert, MA, RN, executive director, New Jersey Board of Nursing

NCSBN acknowledges each member board of nursing as they reach the significant milestone of 100 years of nursing regulation. In 2009, nine member boards are celebrating 100 years of service:

Delaware Board of Nursing
Michigan/DCH/Bureau of Health Professions
Missouri State Board of Nursing
Nebraska Board of Nursing
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Texas Board of Nursing
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Wyoming State Board of Nursing

There was also a special presentation during the awards ceremony honoring the late Charlene Kelly who was the executive officer, Nebraska Board of Nursing, for 21 years before her death earlier this year. To recognize Kelly's visionary leadership, NCSBN has established the Charlene Kelly Scholarship Fund grant. Grants from this fund offer a distinguished leadership growth opportunity for current executive officers of state boards of nursing.

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 four associate members.

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.
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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