Tara Hulsey, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the West Virginia University School of Nursing, has been appointed to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Hulsey also was elected president of the board at the July meeting for the coming year.

“Dean Hulsey is an experienced nursing leader who brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board,” said Laura Rhodes, executive director of the R.N. Board. “Her passion, energy and commitment help further the Board’s mission of promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.”

The seven-member board provides oversight of more than 32,000 registered nurses, advance practice registered nurses and dialysis technicians. The group is responsible for establishing professional standards and guidance for nursing practice; licensing; reviewing and approving nursing education programs related to initial licensure; investigating complaints; and supporting a monitoring and recovery program for registered nurses.

“Nurses continue to be at the forefront of healthcare," Dr. Hulsey said. "I look forward to working with members of the Board to continue to ensure that our nursing professionals are well prepared and adhere to the highest standards of excellence, while ensuring that patients receive the best possible care."

WVU School of Nursing faculty members Nancy Atkins and Teresa Ritchie, D.N.P., also serve on the board. Dr. Ritchie was elected secretary during the last meeting.

For more information, visit nursing.hsc.wvu.edu.

For more information: Tara Curtis, 304.581.1772
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