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NCSBN Award Ceremony Honors Outstanding Nurse Regulators



2008-08-14 05:00:00

CHICAGO, IL–(EMWNews – August 14, 2008) – The National Council of State Boards of

Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®),, recognized its dedicated and

exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony during the

NCSBN Delegate Assembly held Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, in Nashville,


Specific award recipients include:

Shirley Brekken, MS, RN, executive director, Minnesota Board of Nursing,

was honored with the prestigious R. Louise McManus Award. Individuals

receiving this award have made sustained and significant contributions

through their highest commitment and dedication to the purposes and mission


Sandra Evans, MAEd, RN, executive director, Idaho Board of Nursing,

received the Meritorious Service Award, which is granted to a board or

staff member of a member board for significant contributions to the

purposes of NCSBN.

Lisa Emrich, MSN, RN, board staff, Ohio Board of Nursing; Barbara Newman,

MS, RN, board staff, Maryland Board of Nursing; and Calvina Thomas, PhD,

RN, board staff, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, received the Exceptional

Contribution Award, which is 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.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing was 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


In honor of NCSBN’s 30th Anniversary, a special 30th Anniversary Award was

given to Joey Ridenour, MN, RN, executive director, Arizona State Board of

Nursing; Mildred S. Schmidt, EdD, RN, former executive secretary, New York

State Board of Nursing; and Sharon Weisenbeck Malin, MS, RN, former

executive director, Kentucky Board of Nursing. This special award honors

individuals responsible for historic innovation and profound, lasting

achievements that have significantly contributed to nursing regulation and


There was a special award given to Thomas Abram, JD, NCSBN legal counsel.

In addition, service awards were given to the following executive officers

of boards of nursing:

Ten Years

Myra Broadway, JD, MS, RN, executive director, Maine State Board of Nursing

Connie Kalanek, PhD, RN, executive director, North Dakota Board of Nursing

Paula Meyer, MSN, RN, executive director, Washington State Nursing Care

Quality Assurance Commission

Fifteen Years

Ruth Ann Terry, MPH, RN, executive officer, California Board of Registered


Laura Poe, MS, RN, executive administrator, Utah State Board of Nursing

Twenty Years

Lorinda Inman, MSN, RN, executive director, Iowa Board of Nursing

Barbara Morvant, MN, RN, executive director, Louisiana State Board of


Charlene Kelly, PhD, RN, executive director, Nebraska 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.


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

Dawn M. Kappel
Director, Marketing and Communications
312.525.3667 direct
312.279.1034 fax

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