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Serving on a Board of Nursing: Pursuing Justice, Mercy, and Humility

DeKoninck, Beth

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000532
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: What is it like to serve on a State Board of Nursing (BON)? How does one deal with the weight of the responsibility, the discomfort of inexperience in the role, and integrate personal faith with the professional expectations of administering justice and discipline? The author defines the patients cared for in the BON role and the balance of discipline with care for nurses.

Beth DeKoninck, DNP, NP-C, is an associate professor at University of Saint Francis in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and a family nurse practitioner. She serves on the Indiana State Board of Nursing and is a pastor's wife, mother, and grandmother.

Accepted by peer-review 8/4/2017.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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