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Updates from the Vermont Board of Nursing.

Under the leadership of Mary Botter, PhD, RN, the Vermont Board of Nursing has embarked on many new initiatives. Dr. Botter assumed the role of executive director nearly a year ago, coinciding with the retirement of Anita Ristau (ED) and Susan Farrell (Board Chair), as well as the appointment of three new Board members (*).

The Board is composed of ten members, appointed by the governor for staggered five year terms. There are five registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, one licensed nursing assistant, and two public members. A recently passed change to the Administrative Rules specifies that one of the RNs must always be an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Current Board members are:

Linda Rice, APRN, Chair

Ellen Leff, RN, Vice Chair

DeAnn Welch, LPN, Secretary

Kenneth Bush, RN

Jeanine Carr, RN *

Donarae Metcalf, LPN

Sandra Norton, LNA

Deborah Robinson, RN *

Alan Weiss, Public Member

William White, Public Member *

Future issues of the Vermont Nurse Connection will provide profiles of Board members.

Among the exciting new developments is the board's decision to implement standing education and practice committees. An APRN Advisory Committee has also been established. Each of these committees will meet several times annually to consider issues and make recommendations to the full Board.

The Education Committee began meeting in August. Appointees include four Board members, as well as representatives from nursing and nursing assistant education programs and Vermont Nurse Internship Project. The Practice Committee is in the process of being established this fall.

If you have questions or issues that you would like either of these committees to consider, or if you are interested in being considered to serve on one of them in the future, please contact Dr. Mary Botter at mary.botter@sec.state.vt.us.

Following are the numbers of nurses and nursing assistants licensed by the Vermont Board of Nursing:
 Year-to-Date TOTAL # of Active
 (1/1/08-8/31/08) Licensees

APRN 39 536
RN 3,328 17,233
LPN 2,038 2,103
LNA 786 5,445
TOTAL 6,191 25,317
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Title Annotation:Specialty Organization
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Date:Nov 1, 2008
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