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Carolyn McCormies appointed to State Board of Nursing

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Carolyn McCormies appointed to State Board of Nursing

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s director of nursing, Carolyn McCormies, was recently appointed to the board of the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN), by Governor Jan Brewer, for a five-year term.

The State Board of Nursing establishes rules and regulations for the licensure and practice of professional and practical nursing in the state. It examines all applicants for licensure and issues licenses for professional and practical nursing, establishes standards for the approval and operation of nursing education programs, and investigates complaints and takes disciplinary action against licensees who violate the Nurse Practice Act.

“I love nursing,” said McCormies. “And I have a passion for excellence. Serving on the state nursing board allows me to foster quality in nursing. I take that very seriously.”

The AZBN meets regularly throughout the year and holds special meetings as necessary. “My first board packet was 2,500 pages long and took me 20 hours just to prepare for my first official meeting,” said McCormies.

McCormies, who also serves on the governing board of Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC) in Safford, says the appointment—and ultimately her involvement on the board—will serve EAC and the Gila Valley well. She is one of only two members on the eleven-member board from rural Arizona. “Hopefully, my membership on this board will foster an awareness between rural and urban Arizona of the differences—and the similarities—between the two.”

McCormies continued, “I am so blessed to be a part of a community college and hospital (MGRMC) that shares EAC’s standard of excellence, commitment to patient safety, and high standard of care; I intend to bring the same standards of care to the Arizona State Board of Nursing on behalf of our school, our hospital, our staff, and especially our patients. Being a part of the Board or Nursing is the highest honor given to a Registered Nurse. I hope I can bring the knowledge and information gained to bring the level of Eastern Arizona College’s nursing students to the next level of distinction.”