CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2015) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®),, inducted its ninth group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly in Chicago Aug. 19-21, 2015.

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 2015 class of Fellows includes:

  • Mary Fanning, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, director, Nursing Administration/ANCC Program Director, West Virginia University Hospitals and former board member, West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

  • Farah Ismail, MScN, RN, LLB, manager, Prosecutions and Monitoring, Professional Conduct, College of Nurses of Ontario

  • Joan Libner, EdD, RN-BC, CNE, associate professor and chair, Department of Nursing and Health and RN-BSN program director, Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill., and chair, Illinois Board of Nursing

  • David MacDonald, MN, RN, professional conduct review consultant, Registration, Inquiry and Discipline, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

  • Jackye Ward, MS, RN, NEA-BC, deputy director, Regulatory Services, Oklahoma Board of Nursing

  • Joyce Winstead, MSN, RN, nursing practice consultant, North Carolina 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.

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 24 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.

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