MARILN, a Constituent League of the National League for Nursing, provides leadership, education and networking opportunities for nursing educators and others interested in nursing education in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Activites focus on providing educational programs, scholarships for nursing students and networking opportunities for those interested in nursing education at all levels.
As president of the Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing I
am looking forward to continuing the dedicated work my predecessors
have begun. Peggy O’Conner and Nancy Bittner have laid a solid
foundation for this organization with a strong strategic plan reflecting
the National League for Nursing’s plan and continuing the quality
of educational programs offered to nurses in New England. Under their
leadership our membership has also increased.
We are fully approved as a constituent league representing the National
League for Nursing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our mission is
“to promote and implement the mission of the National league for
Nursing, Inc., which is to promote excellence in nursing education to
build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s
health at the constituent level” ( 2010 Mission Statement ).
The National League for Nursing implements its mission guided by four
dynamic and integrated core values that permeate the organization and
are reflected in its work: Caring, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.
We have incorporated these core values into our strategic plan and goals.
Within the strategic plan for our organization, there are seven goals
which we strive to achieve:
Goal 1: To disseminate standards for all types of academic
and continuing education programs in nursing in Massachusetts and Rhode
Island; Goal 2: Involve nurse educators, practitioners,
paraprofessionals and consumers regarding current issues in health care
and nursing education to promote professional growth and development
; Goal 3: To promote the use of evidence-based nursing
education and practice; Goal 4: To assist in determining
contributing factors relevant to nursing, nursing education and nurse
educator workforce supply; Goal 5: To make members
aware of NLN products and testing services; Goal 6:
To advocate for all types of academic and lifelong learning programs
in nursing; Goal 7: To strengthen the MARILN organization’s
ability to support NLN through increased membership and financial stability
directly propositional to the financial budget
Some examples of how we meet these goals include 1) Disseminating national
standards by assisting programs with information regarding the current
NLNAC accreditation standards. 2) Promoting evidence based practice
by ongoing support of graduate student research through our scholarship
program and the submission for publication of our nursing faculty satisfaction
study. 3) Advocating for lifelong learning through our two education
programs offered in the Fall and Spring each year. 4) The publication
of a newsletter to better inform our members of current issues.
We continue to work on issues related to nursing education at all levels
in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I welcome you to bring forward any
issues to myself or a member of the Board of Directors that you feel
is important for us to address. I look forward to working with the members
of this outstanding organization for the next two years. Please view
the website frequently for the most current news about MARILN and information
regarding our upcoming programs.
Carol A. Bosworth, MS, RN
Professor of Nursing
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA. 01606