CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®),, inducted its second group of Fellows of the NCSBN Regulatory Excellence Institute on Aug. 6, 2008, during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Institute of Regulatory Excellence (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 IRE is a series of educational conferences held annually with the following topics rotated on a four-year cycle: Public Protection/Role Development of Nursing Regulators, Discipline, Competency and Evaluation/Remediation Strategies, and Organizational Structure/Behavior.

The IRE Fellowship Program is a four-year comprehensive educational and professional development program designed for current or former 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 2008 class of fellows are:

Kathy D. Chastain, MN, RN, FRE, practice consultant, North Carolina Board of Nursing

Debra Scott, MS, RN, APN, FRE, executive director, Nevada State Board of Nursing

Mary Kay Habgood, PhD, MSN, RN, FRE, board member, Florida Board of Nursing

Emmaline T. Woodson, MS, RN, FRE, deputy director, Maryland Board of Nursing

Anthony R. Jusevitch, BA, FRE, program operations administrator, Florida Board of Nursing

Linda Young, MS, RN, FRE, nursing practice specialist, South Dakota Board of Nursing

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.

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