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EAC’s Carolyn McCormies elected VP of the Arizona State Board of Nursing

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EAC’s Carolyn McCormies elected VP of the Arizona State Board of Nursing

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—EAC's director of nursing, Carolyn McCormies, was recently elected vice president of the board of the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN). The State Board of Nursing is the organization charged with establishing 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.

McCormies, who also serves on the governing board of Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC) in Safford, says that in the year since she was first appointed to the board she has learned a great deal and has been able to share the perspective of an advanced practice nurse and educator from a rural community with the board. She feels the information she has learned has enriched the nursing program, and is grateful for the principles of excellence that are held to, not only by the students and faculty in EAC’s nursing program, but also by those instructors who teach other courses leading students to nursing.

Of her experience on the board she says, “I have no problem holding to the high standards of the board, because excellence is what is modeled at Eastern Arizona College, the hospital (MGRMC) and in our nursing program. I will continue to hold to the high standards of quality and patient safety on behalf of our community, school, hospital, staff, and especially our patients. Being a part of the Board of Nursing is the highest honor given to a Registered Nurse and I hope to continue to bring the knowledge and information gained back to share with Eastern Arizona College’s nursing students to help them rise to the next level of distinction.”