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Maryland Manual, 1991-92
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Margaret M. DeStefanis, R.N., M.S., President,

Appointed by Governor with advice of Secretary of
Health & Mental Hygiene (consumer members also
appointedwith Senate advice ^-consent): Ruth Wilder
Bell, R.N., D.N.Sc., 1991; Rosemarie E.
Liberatore, R.N., M.S., 1991; Elaine S. Simms,
L.P.N., 1991; Perry D. Watson, L.P.N., 1991;
Carol S. Wright, 1991; Linda A. Coffman, R.N.,
M.S., 1992; Caroline B. Stellman, 1992; Emily G.
Canty, 1993; Etta Johnson-Foster, 1993;
Madeline K. Turkeltaub, R.N., Ph.D., 1993.

Donna M. Dorsey, Executive Director

4201 Patterson Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299 764-4747

The State Board of Nursing originated as the
State Board of Examiners of Nurses in 1904
(Chapter 172, Acts of 1904). It received its
present name in 1987 (Chapter 109, Acts of
To assure safe, competent nursing care for the
public, the Board regulates the practice of
registered nursing, licensed practical nursing,
nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anes-
thetists, and nurse psychotherapists. The Board
administers licensure examinations; issues licenses
to those who successfully have completed require-
ments and examinations; evaluates, monitors and
approves nursing education programs to assure
that minimal standards are maintained; enforces
standards of practice, interpreting the provisions of
the Nurse Practice Act, defining the scope of nurs-
ing practice, and approving refresher programs;
and assesses and evaluates trends in nursing. The
Board also investigates any complaint alleging
violation of the Nurse Practice Act by a nurse,
conducts hearings, and takes disciplinary action as
required. Such action may include emergency
suspension, revocation of license, denial of licen-
sure, or probation.
The Board cooperates with the National Coun-
cil of State Boards of Nursing in the preparation of
the examination used for licensure. The Board also
works together with health care facilities, educa-
tional institutions, professional organizations, the
Maryland Higher Education Commission, the State
Board of Education, the Office of Aging, county
health departments, local school systems, and
Department agencies.
Upon recommendation of the Secretary of
Health and Mental Hygiene, the Governor ap-
points the Board's eleven members for three-
year terms. Three members must be licensed
practical nurses and six must be registered nur-
ses. As vacancies occur, the Maryland Nurses
Association or the Maryland Licensed Practical

Nurses Association submitto theGovernorandto
the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene the
names of five ofits members from which the Gover-
nor selects appointees. Two members are con-
sumers appointed with Senate adviceand consent.
Authorization forrheBoard continues unrilJulyl,
1993 (Code Health Occupations Article, sees. 7-

E. David Bucher, C.R.N.A., Chairperson

Appointed by State Board of Nursing: Marjorie
Bergmann; Sheldon Poland; Barbara Stevenson.


The Anesthetist Advisory Committee was
created in 1981. Appointed by the State Board of
Nursing, the Committee advises the Board con-
cerning the practice of anesthesia by nurses. The
Committee also oversees the use of health insurance
and medical assistance benefits by certified nurse
anesthetists (Code Health Occupations Article, sec.

Eileen Ehudin-Pagano, Chairperson

Appointed by State Board ofNursing: Jeanne Brinkley,
C.N.M.; Cynthia Monshower, C.N.M.; Kathleen
Slone, C.N.M.


Appointed by the State Board of Nursing, the
Certified Nurse-Midwives Advisory Council was
formed in 1983. The Council advises the Board on
matters relating to the practice of nurse-midwifery
The Council consists of at least three certified nurse-
midwives who serve three-year terms (Code Health
Occupations Article, sec. 7-504).

Jeanne Brinkley, C.N.M., Chairperson

Appointed by State Board of Nursing: Timothy
Johnson, M.D.; Arnold Michael, M.D.; Lisa Paine,
C.N.M.; J. Cortland Robinson, M.D.; Kathleen
Slone, C.N.M.


Established in 1983, the Joint Committee on
Nurse-Midwifery reviews and makes recommenda-
tions on all written agreements between nurse-mid-
wives and physicians. The Committee is composed
of three nurse-midwives and three physicians. The
State Board of Nursing appoints Committee mem-
bers to three-year terms (Code Health Occupations
Article, sec. 7-504).


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