CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN®),, is making two special donations in celebration of its 35 years of nursing regulatory success.

NCSBN will donate $135,000 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) to provide scholarships to qualified undergraduate nursing students. FNSNA was created in 1969 to honor Frances Tompkins, NSNA's first executive director. Since 1974, FNSNA has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to undergraduate nursing students. The NCSBN Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2009.

"This generous contribution for undergraduate nursing education will support students to achieve their educational goals. Scholarships not only provide financial support, they inspire students to maximize their potential and to reach new heights as they prepare for their nursing careers. We sincerely appreciate all of the support that the NCSBN provides for undergraduate nursing education," stated Diane J. Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN.

NCSBN will also donate $35,000 to the Florence Nightingale International Foundation for its Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF), to support the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. This donation will go toward school fees, uniforms, shoes and books. FNIF is the International Council of Nurses' (ICN) premier foundation; it supports and complements the work and objectives of ICN.

"ICN is sincerely grateful to NCSBN for its generous support of the Girl Child Education Fund," said David C. Benton, BSC, MSC, MPhil, RGN, RMN, CEO of the International Council of Nurses. "Thanks to donations such as these we have enabled over 130 girls to complete high school; many of whom have gone on to tertiary education. By supporting these girls, the NCSBN is showing solidarity with their nursing colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa, whose harsh working conditions may threaten the livelihood and future of their children. We know that educating girls leads to better health for themselves, their families and their communities, and we thank the NCSBN for their generous gift."

These donations will be presented during NCSBN's anniversary celebrations at its Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly Aug. 14-16, 2013, in Providence, R.I.

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 12 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 3 million licensed nurses, the second largest group of licensed professionals in the U.S.

Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

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