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Q + A: An Interview with Kathy Apple of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Written by  Jim Nelson MS, MBCP, CORP, CDCP, MBCI

Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, is the CEO of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a position she has held since 2001. Apple brings to the table more than 39 years of experience in nursing and regulation as well as a strong commitment to the mission of NCSBN. Apple has held various clinical and management positions during the course of her professional career including nurse and family therapist, co-director of a family therapy center, director of staff development, adjunct faculty and advanced practice registered nurse in psychiatric/mental health nursing. In 1992, she began her regulatory career with the Nevada State Board of Nursing as the associate director for nursing practice and disciplinary programs. She was appointed executive director of the board of nursing in 1996. Apple holds an MS in psychiatric nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno, an MS in counseling psychology from the University of Alaska and