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Appointments made to Board of Nursing

Monday, July 25, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
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LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Kathy Bouchard-Wyant, Leah Cohen and Mary Corrado are appointed and Mary Brown and Teresa Thompson are reappointed.

The board was created to establish qualifications for nurse licensure, educational standards to develop and implement criteria for continuing competency, and to take disciplinary action against licensees when the health, safety and welfare of the public has been adversely affected.

"Each of these qualified individuals brings a unique background of experience to the board and I look forward to their work in improving the health and wellbeing of Michiganders," Snyder said.

Bouchard-Wyant, of East Lansing, is a project coordinator for the Sparrow Physicians Health Network and is a founding member of the Unit Based Council at Sparrow Hospital, which works to develop best practices methods and solve issues. She is also a nurse representative to Sparrow Hospital's Perinatal Safety and Improvement Committee. Bouchard-Wyant earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from Michigan State University and earned her certification as a registered nurse from the Hurley Medical Center School of Nursing. She represents professional registered nurses without a baccalaureate degree engaged in nursing practice or nursing administration and replaces Linda Sue Taft.

Cohen, of Dimondale, is a clinical nurse specialist for critical care at Sparrow Hospital and has served as a nurse educator for critical care, assistant department manager to the neonatal intensive care unit, stroke intensive care unit and neuro step down unit. She earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Cohen represents registered professional nurses with a master's degree from an accredited college with a major in nursing engaged in nursing education in less than a baccalaureate program and replaces Margherita Clark.

Corrado, of Canton, is the president and CEO of the American Society of Employers and has more than 15 years of experience in association management. She is a certified compensation professional as well as a certified management assessor. Corrado earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. She represents the general public and replaces Jody Weissler.

Brown, of Dimondale, is a registered nurse for Ingham Regional Medical Center and the Lansing Surgery Center. She previously served as a legislative assistant in the Michigan House of Representatives. Brown earned an associate's degree in applied science from Lansing Community College. She represents registered professional nurses without a baccalaureate engaged in professional nursing practice or nursing administration.

Thompson, of Farmington Hills, is the dean and professor at the College of Nursing and Health at Madonna University. Thompson earned a registered nurse diploma from the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio, both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Wayne State University and a doctorate from the Wayne State University College of Nursing. She represents registered professional nurses with a master's degree engaged in nursing education in a baccalaureate or higher program.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.