Massachusetts/Rhode Island


Welcome to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing!

Nurse educators are finding new opportunities previously unimagined, in both the clinical practice and health policy arenas, for improving health outcomes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement. In these remarkable times, opportunities have opened up for new academic-practice partnerships and MARILN members are providing significant leadership this year on multiple fronts. I would like to draw your attention to an important collaboration between MARILN and ONL (Organization of Nurse Leaders in MA, RI, NH, CT, and VT) this summer 2020. Thanks to the leadership efforts of Board members Cheryl Williams and Lisa Thomas we have produced two substantive pandemic responses, one for newly graduated nurses (weekly support sessions) and the other for nurses in practice serving as new preceptors (preceptor modules focused on clinical judgment).  Please utilize this excellent new resource, Supporting new nurse transition into practice during the Covid-19 pandemic: Opportunities for academic & practice nurse educator collaboration (, in your programs this year and share with your practice partners. As educators we can accomplish so much more together in concert with our clinical colleagues. Speaking of stellar faculty, I want to extend my gratitude to all nursing faculty who are demonstrating their commitment to nursing education excellence in converting courses to new evidence-based formats in virtual environments and bringing their innovation to bear in designing novel clinical experiences in simulated learning environments and in new community environments in response to public health needs.

You may be wondering how to celebrate and recognize the extraordinary educators amongst us. The DAISY Foundation™ in partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN), the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (OADN), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), has issued a call to action for schools of nursing to recognize and celebrate their nursing faculty as role models in compassionate nursing practice. with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Faculty to provide the means for our best educator stories to be honored, shared and preserved; and for the honoree, to become a part of DAISY’s international community of outstanding nurses. To learn more, visit

We also all recognize our commitment to preparing our students for the new licensure exam within our academic planning this year. What better way to prepare than to bring your entire faculty group to our exciting Fall Conference, (virtually we have room for 500!) with Dr. Linda Caputi presenting on Clinical Judgment for the Next Generation NCLEX and to Improve Patient Outcomes.   Join us for a fun pre-conference evening, planned on Thursday October 22,  with a virtual wine and cheese reception, raffle, and networking opportunities with one another, our poster presenters, and our vendors. Register today at

And finally, as nurse educators, let’s help out our front-line colleagues as much as possible right now. Please consider donating to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses at

In these times, I am filled with an even deeper gratitude for all MARILN members and am so very proud of the important work we do together each day, committed to our core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence in preparing nursing’s next generation.   

JoAnn Mulready-Shick, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF


To help you enhance your teaching-learning resources:

Virtual Simulation Options for Nursing Students from the NLN: CLICK HERE

Excellent resources for Nurse Educators

  1. NLN’s Coronavirus Resource Center and

    NLN Town Hall: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning     View a complimentary copy of the NLN Town Hall: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning, recorded on March 18. NLN experts discussed the recent move to online courses as well as clinical cancellations due to the national health care challenges related to COVID-19.  Facilitators Drs. Sue Forneris, Mary Anne Rizzolo, Melanie Cason, and Beth Hallmark hosted this online discussion. The forum allowed nurse educators to share ideas and offer solutions for the recent shift to online learning.

  2. NLN ACE Teaching Strategy Catalog


  3. Listen to the Online Teaching and Learning webinar (March 19 2020) from Shadow Health with four leading nurse education experts (including MARILN presenters- Drs. Pamela Jeffries, and Gerry Altmiller!)Presenters discuss the following topics and more:
    • Strategies for bringing clinical adjunct faculty into on-line clinical education
    • Clinical Education: securing meaningful clinical hours through virtual simulations
    • Strategies for using virtual simulation to teach soft skills – professionalism, communication, and empathy
    • Moving something to online does not equal simulation – simulation standards and how to make cases interactive including pre-briefing and debriefing
  4. Geriatric Clinical Simulations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The purpose of the Center is to disseminate innovative, evidence-based clinical simulations involving older adults, focusing on the educational needs of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Simulations cover scenarios ranging from acute exacerbations of chronic conditions to sentinel events, such as falls. Select clinical simulations incorporate interdisciplinary content that facilitates communication between nurses and physicians.


  5. Nursing Simulation Scenario Library Montgomery College Nursing Simulation Scenario Library is a resource for nursing educators in all settings and made possible by the generosity of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation. The library is being expanded through the support of the Nurse Support Program (NSPII) funded by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).
  6. Digital Clinical Experiences Shadow Health


  7. Virtual Healthcare Experiences:Excellent simulation experiences to engage students in clinical decision-making in pediatrics, mental health, maternity, emergency nursing…


  8. Online Clinical Replacement Patricia Benner’s site)Finding Online Clinical Replacement Solutions During the COVID-19 Pandemicand new VIDEO MODULES ON EducatingNurses.comFor More Information about subscribing to, contact your ATI Consultant or call June Hagman 865-384-1452 or email:


  9. CDC: Solve the Outbreak


  10. AACN faculty development and teaching webinars for


  11. Nurse Tim Faculty Development hands-on interactive training for educators and learners through online conferences and consultations, to empower educators and learners for success in life and leadership


  12. Campaign for Action Libraryto help promote better health through nursing by tapping into hundreds of resources, including webinars, and other materials, guided by the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.

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