Message from Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State
On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Office of Brian P. Kemp
Dear Georgia Nurse,
In June, my office announced a reassignment of executive directors at the Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon. The change was intended to ensure institutional knowledge regarding the Georgia Board of Nursing is shared by several staff members in my office in case a sitting executive director ever chose not to, or could not, continue in their position with my office.
My goal as Secretary of State is to provide the best customer service possible for Georgia's nurses as well as every other profession licensed under my office. This change was intended to further that goal. However, after meeting with the Georgia Nurses Association and hearing the concerns of nurses that work in the healthcare industry around our state, I have decided to revisit my decision.
Because the Nursing Education Consultant position is currently vacant, it is not the best time to make this change. Although the executive director will be reassigned in the future, I think it is best to wait until 2017 to begin the transition process. Under this plan, the transition period will conclude with a new executive director in August 2017. Waiting these months will ensure a new Nursing Education Consultant can be hired and trained before a new executive director is brought in.
Georgia's nurses serve our state every day with little recognition of the great impact they have on our communities. You care for our children, aid our parents and grandparents as they age, and show compassion to all of us when we are ill. I appreciate the calling you have to your profession, and I want to assure you that the Secretary of State's office will work to honor your effort with providing exceptional service for your profession.
I appreciate the dialogue I have had with nurses and nursing groups over the last few weeks, and I look forward to continued cooperation over the coming months. If you ever need any assistance or if I can be of service to you in any way, please contact the Professional Licensing Division in Macon at 478-207-2440 or my office in Atlanta at 404-656-2881.
Brian P. Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State