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1978to1985

Establishing the Mission-driven Organization

The first several years of NCSBN’s existence focused on establishing a mission-driven organization that was rooted in public protection and strengthening the role of boards of nursing in nursing regulation.

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Leadership from 1978to1985

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Elaine Ellibee, RN

President | 1978-1979

I have a continuing pulsating belief in the protection of the public - as it relates to nursing - that is the sole purpose for the existence of a board of nursing. May we have created the council truly for just that.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Gertrude "Trudy" Malone, RN

President | 1979

The year I served on the Board of Directors proved to be the ultimate task of my career with the National Council. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as President and am immensely proud of being part of it all.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Mildred Schmidt, EdD, RN

President | 1979 - 1981

The National Council has emerged as an organization of stature, strengthening the image of boards of nursing as state government agencies concerned with protecting the public health, safety and welfare.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Helen "Pat" Keefe, RN

President | 1981 - 1982

My perception of NCSBN has always been that of an organization independent yet able to function in a collegial relationship with other nursing organizations.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Joyce Schowalter, MEd, RN

President | 1982 - 1984 

I always felt that the organization should be a broadly based as possible in terms of function, and we should not put all our eggs in one basket - the exam basket." “In retrospect, the $1.8 million budget for FY83...would have been only a dream in the minds of the Council's organizers in 1978, the year we functioned on donations.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Sharon Weisenbeck, MS, RN

President | 1984 - 1986

The big job that NCSBN had was to support its members and to make the work of the boards more effective and efficient.”

Portrait of Elaine Ellibee

Eileen McQuaid Dvorak, PhD, RN

Executive Director | 1979 – 1988

An important part of that future are the relationships the National Council develops with other organizations. As the world grows closer together with every technological advance in communications, the relationships we can have with like organizations in other countries are the most intriguing and, as yet, least defined possibilities.”

1978

1979

1980

Committees

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Committee on Test Service Specifications
  • Examination Committee - Team 1
  • Examination Committee - Team 2
  • Nominating Committee
  • Nursing Practice and Standards Committee

1981

Delegate Assembly Decisions

  • Model Practice Act

    The Delegate Assembly recognized and endorsed the Model Practice Act Committee’s continuing effort to produce a Model Practice Act that reflects a consensus of the member boards by the end of the 1982 Delegate Assembly in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

Committees

  • Administration of Examination Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Committee to Research Limited License Provisions
  • Examination Committee - Team 1
  • Examination Committee - Team 2
  • Finance Committee
  • NCSBN-ANA Liaison Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Nursing Practice and Standards Committee
  • Test Service Specifications Committee

1982

Delegate Assembly Decisions

  • International Nurse Information

    Adopted a resolution to facilitate information exchange regarding the licensure of graduates of foreign schools of nursing.

Committees

  • Administration of Examination Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Examination Committee - Team 1
  • Examination Committee - Team 2
  • Finance Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Nursing Practice and Standards Committee
  • Resolutions Committee

1983

Delegate Assembly Decisions

  • NCLEX Administration

    The California Board of Registered Nursing presented a request to readmit to the licensure examination individuals whose licenses have lapsed for eight years or more.

  • Federal Nurses

    Adopted a resolution suggesting that the federal government require all nurses employed by the government and its subdivisions to maintain valid and current licenses.

Awards

  • R. Louise McManus Award

    • Mildred Schmidt

Committees

  • Ad Hoc Test Service Evaluation Committee
  • Administration of Examination Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Council Review Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • NAPNES/NCSBN/NFLPN Liaison Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Nursing Practice and Standards Committee
  • Resolutions Committee

1984

Delegate Assembly Decisions

  • Mission Statement

    NCSBN adopted its first mission statement.

Committees

  • Administration of Examination Committee
  • Examination Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • NALPN/NCSBN/NFLPN Committee
  • Nominating Committee

1985

Delegate Assembly Decisions

  • Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Issues

    Member boards requested that additional information be gathered on medication assistance by UAPs and that a position statement be prepared.

  • Continued Competence

    A motion was adopted to accept the position paper on continued competence.

Committees

  • Administration of Examination Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Disciplinary Task Force
  • Examination Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • NAPNES/NCSBN/NFLPN Liaison Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Nursing Practice and Standards Committee