Excelsior Faculty Director Elected President of Missouri State Board of Nursing
Albany, New York—Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN, faculty program director at Excelsior College, has been elected president of the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN). Kehm will serve a two-year term beginning December 2021. Kehm has served on the board since 2017 and previously served as vice president and secretary. The MSBN consists of members selected by the governor and confirmed by the senate.
“The Missouri State Board of Nursing is fortunate to have such an accomplished health care professional lead the board,” said Lori Scheidt, executive director of MSBN.
The mission of the Missouri State Board of Nursing is to protect the public’s health and safety through regulation of nursing education, licensure, and practice. A board member is a public official who exercises legislative delegated duties in the regulation of the nursing profession. Among other responsibilities, board members develop rules and regulations that set the standards for nursing practice and education, set the qualifications for licensure, and ensure that the disciplinary process is implemented in a fashion that guarantees due process and public protection.
As president, Kehm will have the additional responsibilities of presiding at all meetings of the MSBN and serving as a delegate at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s meetings.
“Representing Missouri nurses on the state board and being elected president by my fellow board members is an honor. The experience of presiding over the regulation of nursing education, licensure, and practice has truly enriched and enhanced my work at Excelsior,” said Bonny Kehm, managing faculty program director at Excelsior. “My work with the MSBN has positively influenced my ability to design curriculum, educate, and mentor the next generation of nurses here at Excelsior College.”
Excelsior College School of Nursing offers programs for associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The online nursing degree programs are accredited and tailored for working nurses. The School of Nursing provides access to quality nursing education for a diverse and underrepresented population of adult learners who bring varied lifelong knowledge and experience to the academic journey.
“Bonny Kehm’s election as president of the MSBN is an acknowledgment by her professional peers of her strong leadership abilities and her expertise as a nursing clinician and educator,” said Mary Lee Pollard, dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College. “The faculty and students in the Excelsior’s School of Nursing are fortunate to have Kehm as a faculty member and a colleague, and the citizens of Missouri can be assured she will do everything to make sure they have access to safe nursing care.”
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