CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 21, 2007 -- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will recognize its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards luncheon during the NCSBN Delegate Assembly to be held in Chicago, Aug. 7 - 10, 2007.

Specific award recipients include:

Polly Johnson MSN, RN, FAAN, executive director, North Carolina State Board of Nursing, will be honored with the R. Louise McManus Award, the most prestigious of NCSBN's awards. Individuals receiving this award have made sustained and lasting significant contributions through their deep commitment and dedication to the purposes and mission of NCSBN.

Judith Hiner, BSN, RN, board member, Kansas State Board of Nursing, will receive the Exceptional Leadership Award that is awarded to an individual who has served as president of a member board and has made significant contributions to NCSBN in that role.

Mark Majek, MA, PHR, board staff, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, will receive the Meritorious Achievement 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.

Peggy Fishburn, LPN, board member, Kentucky Board of Nursing, will receive the Exceptional Contribution Award 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.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing will be 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.

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

Five Years
Karen Scipio-Skinner, District of Columbia
Sylvia Bond, Georgia Board of Nursing
Lillian Perez-Posadas, Guam
Lori Scheidt, Missouri
Debra Scott, Nevada
Rosa Tudela, Northern Mariana Islands
Laurette Keiser, Pennsylvania
Gloria Damgaard, South Dakota
Jay Douglas, Virginia

10 Years
Polly Johnson, North Carolina
The following nursing boards are celebrating 100 years of nursing regulation in 2007:
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
Iowa Board of Nursing
Georgia Board of Nursing (RN)
Minnesota Board of Nursing
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
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.

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

Contact Information: Contact: Dawn M. Kappel Director of Marketing and Communications 312.525.3667 direct 312.279.1034 fax Email Contact