CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 14, 2008) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®),, met in Nashville, Tennessee Aug. 5 - 8, 2008, to consider pertinent association business with its member boards of nursing. Faith Fields, NCSBN president and executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, presided at the meeting. There were 58 member boards represented by delegates.

Highlights of some of the significant actions approved by the member boards of nursing included:

--  Election of new directors to the Board of Directors and members of the
    Leadership Succession Committee.
--  Approval of the Nebraska Board of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses as
    a new member board.
--  Approval of the College of Nurses of British Columbia as an Associate
--  Adoption of revised APRN Model Act and Rules.
--  Adoption of revised Education Model Rules.
--  Reassess the Uniform Core Licensure Requirements for currency and
    relevance in today's regulatory arena and report findings and
    recommendations to the 2009 Delegate Assembly.
--  Approval of Associate Member annual fee of $1,500.

Fields thanked the participants for a successful meeting and noted that the Board of Directors looks forward to working with member boards and external organizations in the coming year.

She remarked, "Our Delegate Assembly this year addressed a number of key issues facing nursing regulation today and met these challenges head on, ever mindful of our goal of protecting the public. Two historically significant accomplishments were made with the addition of the first Advanced Practice Board of Nursing Member to NCSBN and the first international nursing regulator Associate Member of NCSBN. I am proud of the work that was done throughout the past year and know that this vital work will continue under the direction of the many dedicated individuals who give back to nursing regulation through their service."

NCSBN will meet Aug. 11 - 14, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for its annual Delegate Assembly.

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 four U.S. 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, Marketing and Communications 312.525.3667 direct 312.279.1034 fax