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Massachusetts/Rhode Island


Welcome to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing!

President’s Message

I warmly welcome all new members and continuing members to MARILN 2020!   MARILN had a very productive year in 2019 and has planned a spirited year of programming in 2020, too.  Here is a look back on 2019 and a look forward to 2020. We look forward to connecting with you this year, promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community, with our core values consistently front and center: Caring, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

In 2019 MARILN held two very successful conferences for nurse educators and hosted three mini-workshops on Five Myths in Teaching and Learning, zeroing in on best practices in learning for students, which were conducted by our versatile President-Elect Dr. Cheryl Williams, who, by the way, was also honored this year at the NLN Education Summit in Washington, DC with a Nursing Education Perspectives Innovation Article Award J. MARILN also joined with ONL, ANA-MA, and others, to champion the interests of nurse educators in academic, professional, policy, and legislative arenas in MA and RI. MARILN co-sponsored the first Nursing Summit in 2019 and participated in the ANA-MA Round Table and Health Policy Summit, which included the MARILN Board actively supporting legislative initiatives for the Nurse Licensure Compact and MA Health Policy Commission.  MARILN also worked internally on shoring up Board best practices, including conducting a performance evaluation of MARILN’s Administrative Director. Ms. Sheila Blomquist, who embodies MARILN’s heart and soul, just completed her fifteenth year ably leading MARILN’s administrative functions. We commend Ms. Blomquist’s steadfast commitment to our organization.

What’s in store for 2020?  We look forward to again co-sponsoring the second Nursing Summit in late January and hosting additional mini-workshops this year. MARILN is excited to announce its Spring conference on April 3 with Jone Tiffany, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF,  presenting on Teaching with Technology and our Fall Conference/Annual Meeting on October 23 with Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, presenting on Teaching Clinical Judgment for the Next Generation NCLEX and Improving Patient Outcomes. We also look forward to offering best poster awards at the conferences for the first time. Stay tuned for the possible expansion of our New Nurse Faculty Mentoring Program (thanks to Pat Demers, past MARILN President, for mentoring in 2019).

Our collective strength grows not only as we serve but also as we publicly acknowledge our nurse educator expertise. How do you plan on developing yourself in 2020 in your nurse educator role? We hope to see you actively participate in MARILN and connect with us too about becoming certified as an Academic Nurse Educator (CNE) or academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-cI).  Earning the distinction of certification (or re-certification) demonstrates your expertise as a nurse educator to our public, symbolizing this important mark of professionalism.

You have now read a ‘sampling’ of MARILN this year, and it is only a sampling!  Learn more via social media and MARILN’s quarterly emails. We hope you join with us and become more directly involved in our educational practices together- caring for our students, colleagues, profession, public, and ourselves.


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

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