Mary Fanning, D.N.P., R.N., director of WVU Medicine Nursing Administration, was recently inducted as a fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE). Dr. Fanning is the first and only registered nurse in West Virginia to achieve this designation.

The IRE Fellowship Program is a four-year, comprehensive educational and professional development program for regulators who want to enhance knowledge of and leadership in nursing regulation. Individuals who complete the requirements are called a fellow of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence and are entitled to use the initials FRE after their name in recognition of their accomplishment.

As a requirement of this program, Fanning completed a multi-site research project entitled “Description of the Elements of a Graduate Nurse Transition-to-Practice Program that Predict Retention, Intent to Stay and the Graduate Nurse Experience in West Virginia." She is implementing the outcomes of her research by leading a statewide team through the Future of Nursing West Virginia action coalition to implement nurse residency programs.

Fanning recently concluded a six-year appointment with the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, serving as board secretary and chair of the Education Committee.