Welcome to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing!
I welcome all new members and continuing members to a new MARILN year in 2019! A healthy participation by nurse educators at all levels of nursing education in MA and RI provides MARILN its strength, its heartfelt passion, and deep commitment to promoting excellence in nursing education and building a strong and diverse workforce. Overall, MARILN continues to provide excellent educator development conferences and mini-workshops, including dynamic national speakers this March addressing Critical Conversations in Teaching Thinking and Best Practices in Integrating Quality and Safety Education in October. This year MARILN increases its scholarship amounts for students-PNs to Doctorates. Further, MARILN continues to collaborate and network on important policy issues with partner organizations across both states, including co- sponsoring the Nursing Summit in MA in late January.
Our collective strength grows not only as we serve but also as we publicly acknowledge our nurse educator expertise. Strategically we are excited to strengthen our commitment to member development as we begin our Mentoring Program for novice and beginner level educators. Nurse educators identified as experts, role models, and leaders will provide core competency development in knowledge, skills, and professional values through mentorship to newly developing educators. We particularly welcome your input in this new endeavor. Additionally, MARILN plans to promote both NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator (CNE) certification and the new academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-cI) certification. In your career plan, is earning the distinction of certification (or re-certification) a goal you have planned for this year or next? Let MARILN help you achieve this important mark of professionalism.
You have now read a ‘sampling’ of MARILN’s goals and activities planned for this year. Learn more via social media and MARILN’s quarterly emails. We hope you join with us and become more directly involved in our practices together- caring for our students, colleagues, profession, public, and ourselves.
JoAnn Mulready-Shick, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF