David Benton

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David C. Benton
BornOct. 29, 1957
Torphins, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materRobert Gordon University; Stirling University; University of Abertay; University of Complutense
OccupationNurse
EmployerNCSBN 2015 – Present

David C. Benton (Born Oct. 29, 1957) is a British nurse, and regulatory and health policy expert who is the fifth Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) based in Chicago[1][2][3]. NCSBN is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose members include jurisdictional boards of nursing from member boards in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. The membership also includes 30 associate members. Most recently, NCSBN created an exam user member category at the 2017 Delegate Assembly. NCSBN is the vehicle through which jurisdictional boards of nursing act and counsel together to provide regulatory excellence for public health, safety and welfare[2][3].

Benton is the author of multiple publications[4] relating to nursing and health policy; leadership; occupational licensure and nurse regulatory models; workforce and migration; and research methods including the use of social networks analysis, bibliometric analysis, and both quantitative and qualitative methods[5]. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honours[6].

Early Education and Personal Life[change | change source]

Benton[1] was born on Oct. 29, 1957 in Torphins, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to Alfred David Benton and Isabella Margaret Benton (nee Walker). He was educated at Elgin East End School and then went onto Elgin Academy before studying for and graduating with a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (1978) at what was then Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen, Scotland (now Robert Gordon University).

Benton[1] is married to Elizabeth Denise Benton (nee Macrae) and they have three children, Kenneth, Katrina and Andrew.

Professional Education[change | change source]

During the illness of his father Benton[7] decided to study and qualify as a general (RGN, 1983) and mental health nurse (RMN, 1984) at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness which later became part of the University of Stirling.

Benton, while working full-time at the Highland Health Board Mental Health Unit, undertook part­-time study at Dundee College of Technology (now the University of Abertay) gaining a MPhil degree in 1988, based on his examination of the application of computer assisted learning to post-basic psychiatric nurse education[7]. This study also launched his interest in publication in the popular nursing press, contributing to various book chapters and in professional scholarship journals.

During his time as Chief Executive Officer at the International Council of Nurses, Benton studied at the University of Complutense in Madrid, Spain and completed both a MSc in Health Research Methods and graduated in 2013 with a PhD Summa Cum Laude for his work on an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice[8][9].

Career History[change | change source]

Benton[10] started his nursing career working clinically in general medicine and then in acute psychiatric nursing in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Having completed his MPhil degree, he moved to a specialist post as District Research Nurse in 1988 to the then North East Essex Health Authority.

With the advent of government health systems reforms, creating the purchaser provider split, Benton pursued working for commissioning authorities and was recruited as the Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for the then Tower Hamlets Health Authority in London in 1990. It was during this time that Benton became an advocate for the inclusion of nursing in the highest levels of health policymaking by  highlighting the contributions that nurses can bring to the commissioning of health services and the monitoring of their quality.

In 1995, Benton took up a post at Regional Nurse Director for the then Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority where he managed the transition of the then schools of nursing into the higher education sector as well as introducing a number of innovative leadership development activities for nurses in the service provider, commissioning and education sectors.

The National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland recruited Benton as their Chief Executive Officer in 1998. During this time, he represented all four of the national boards on the group reviewing the future of the UK nursing regulatory model which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

In 2001, Benton was recruited as the Director of Nursing of the then NHS Grampian Acute Hospitals Trust. As a result of restructuring of the health care provider units and a change in the associated health board's responsibilities Benton became the Executive Nurse Director for NHS Grampian a position he held until moving to work for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 2005. As Executive Nurse Director, Benton not only successfully merged the nursing leadership of the various provider units into an integrated health system encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary level services but also strengthened the relationships with the nursing education departments at both Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. Additionally, he served as a special advisor to the Scottish Parliament's workforce committee and as a member of the then Health Minister's committee for nursing on "Facing the Future." Benton was elected Chair of the Scottish Nurse Directors group  and served from 2003-2005.

In 2005, Benton[6] was recruited to head up the Regulation, Licensure and Education work of the ICN, based in Geneva, Switzerland. During this time, Benton completely reformed the Council's work on regulation, established the regulatory observatory and the regulators forum as well as initiating and authoring work on a series of toolkits relating to the Model Nursing Act, the GATS and Mutual Recognition Agreement and conducted research on the future of regulation. He was after a global search then appointed as the organizations twelfth Chief Executive Officer in 2008 where he remained until 2015[11][12]. As Chief Executive Officer of ICN he expanded the membership of ICN to include amongst other India, China and Palestine. Additionally, as well as participating in many expert groups at the World Health Organization, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, he also acted as an expert on nursing regulation for the WHO in a number of countries in various parts of the world.

Current Work with NCSBN[change | change source]

Immediately on arrival at NCSBN in 2015 Benton lead the revision of the organizations strategic initiatives resulting in a shift towards a more leadership orientated organization focusing on the reform of nursing regulation, the pursuit of borderless health care, the development of regulatory leadership and the advancement of next generation testing.   This work has resulted in the publication of a visionary model for regulation by 2030; the inclusion of 30 states in the enhanced nurse licensure compact; the identification of competences needed by regulators; and significant progress in the development of new exam item types.

Scientific Publications and Research[change | change source]

Benton has more than 200 publication covering a diverse range of topics such as regulation, leadership, workforce, quality improvement, research methods, bibliometrics, social network analysis and health and nursing policy.

Honours and Awards[change | change source]

Benton is the recipient of a number of awards, honours and scholarships[1][6][13][14]. These include: the Dr. George MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship (1983); National Florence Nightingale Committee (Mercers' Company Scholarship - 1990); The Nurse 93 Awards, inaugural Leadership in Nursing Award (1993); The Nuffield Traveling Fellowship for Research and Policy Studies in Health services (1999); Elected as Fellow of the Florence Nightingale Foundation (2001); Appointed as Fellow Royal College of Nursing (2003); Golden Dolphin Award for contributions to MSc in Nursing at the Escola Universitaria d'lnfermeria Santa Madrona, Universitat de Barcalona (2009); Asociacion Nacional de Enfermeras delnau Panama distinguished international nurse leader award for contributions to health and nursing policy (2010); Colegio de Enfermeros del Peru honourable distinction award the Florence Nightingale lamp for outstanding professional work on behalf of the profession (2011); Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2015); Spanish Grand Nursing Cross - Gold Category - highest award for nursing in relation to work on health policy and nursing regulation(2017); Inaugural award of distinction from the Spanish Alliance of Professional Colleges in recognition of his global contribution and expertise in nursing regulation & Health Policy (2017).

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Carrick Media (2018) Who's Who in Scotland 2018. Kilmarnock, UK. Carrick Media.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kappel, D. (2016) A conversation with NCSBN CEO David Benton Part II. In Focus Winter, 14-15".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kappel, D. (2015) A conversation with NCSBN CEO David Benton Part I. In Focus 2015 Fall. 1, 8-11, 17".
  4. "ORCID (2018) David Benton Publications".
  5. Cormack, D. (2000) The Research Process in Nursing 4th Ed. Oxford, Blackwell Scientific Publications Ltd.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Harrington, J. {ICN appoints a new chief executive officer. International Nursing Review. 55:4, 370".
  7. 7.0 7.1 Nickitas, D.M. (2016) Shifting the Curve: An interview with David C. Benton. Nursing Economic$ 34:2, 77-81.
  8. "David Benton, nombrado doctor por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)".
  9. "Thesis" (PDF).
  10. "Shaffer, F. (2017) A spiral of transitions leading to broader influence and action. Nursing Administration Quarterly. 41:3, 218-222".
  11. "Harrington, J. (2009) Our diversity is our strength. International Nursing Review. 56(4}, 404-406".
  12. "Harrington, J. (2015) Nurses Find Solutions: a conversation with David Benton. International Nursing Review, 62:4, 439-440".
  13. Nursing Standard (1993) An agent of change: Inaugural Nursing Leadership Award. Nursing Standard 17:8, 17-20.
  14. "NCSBN (2017) NCSBN CEO Benton receives Great Cross of Spanish Nursing from the Spanish Nursing Council".