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An issue with the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

The Albuquerque Journal had an article titled, "MBA from 'Life Experience' in the Metro section (page 2) on Saturday, November 24, 2007. This article was about Allison Kozeliski, Executive Director of the NM Board of Nursing, and that she had been elected to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing board of directors, but had since resigned. The Journal article reported that she had a "master's degree from an unaccredited university that provides credit for life experience."

According to the article, Gail Davalos, chairperson of the NM Board of Nursing stated that Ms. Kozeliski informed the nursing board "two months ago" that the MBA was awarded by Almeda University, which is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. At the time of her hiring as the Executive Director of the Board of Nursing, Ms. Kozeliski told the board that she wanted to work on a master's in nursing.

The purpose of the Nursing Practice Act [Chapter 61, Article 3 NMSA 1978] is to promote, preserve and protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the practice of nursing, schools of nursing, hemodialysis technicians and medication aides in the state.

The NM Nursing Practice Act Rules state that the Executive Director, or designee, shall represent the board to the public. On December 12, 2007 the NM Board of Nursing voted on the following: that Ms. Kozeliski will complete an MSN by December, 2009. If this is not accomplished, then a search will occur to find an Executive Director with an MSN or PhD.

As a professional organization, New Mexico Nurses Association expects the best from our regulatory board. Those appointed to this board, or appointed to administer the work of this board, should have verified and validated credentials regarding their education, training and certification. These individuals need to be held to an ethical standard of excellence that assures the public the laws the board enforces are upheld. Political appointments should not be an exception.

The New Mexico Nurses Association applauds the NM Board of Nursing's decision to require an MSN as a credential for Executive Directors of the board.


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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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