CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2015) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®),, met in Chicago,
Aug. 19-21, 2015, to consider pertinent association business with its member boards of nursing. There were 54 member boards represented by delegates.

"Our inspiring keynote speaker Polly Letofsky, the first woman to walk around the world, reminded us that big things are sometimes accomplished one step at a time," commented NCSBN Board of Directors President Shirley A. Brekken, MS, RN, executive director, Minnesota Board of Nursing. "This very successful meeting brought together boards of nursing from the U.S. and across the globe to network and discuss important issues affecting nursing regulation. We also had the opportunity to honor retiring CEO Kathy Apple and welcome David Benton who will take over as NCSBN CEO Oct. 1."

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

  • Approved the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island, Ordre des Infirmiéres et Infirmiers du Quebec and Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as Associate Members of NCSBN.
  • Adopted the 2016 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan.
  • Elected new members of the NCSBN Board of Directors and Leadership Succession Committee.
  • To explore development of a procedure and criteria for eligibility for full membership by a non-state or U.S. territory nursing regulatory body that uses a licensing examination developed by NCSBN.

NCSBN will meet Aug. 17-19, 2016, in Chicago for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly.

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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Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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