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First Class of Fellows to Be Inducted into Academy of Nursing Education


Academy Established by the NLN Recognizes Contributions to Excellence in Nursing Education


August 13, 2007 — New York, NY — The National League for Nursing will induct the inaugural class of 41 fellows, representing 33 schools of nursing throughout the United States into the Academy of Nursing Education, the league announced today. The fellows, selected by the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the Academy, have been chosen for their sustained and significant contributions to the field of nursing education, said NLN Board President Toni Bargagliotti. "We are proud of the visionary leadership these Fellows represent. They serve as important role models to anyone aspiring to make a difference in nursing education, and ultimately to the delivery of health care in the United States," she asserted.

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education earlier this year to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Fellows support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs and serve as resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nursing faculty.

Said Dr. Beverly L. Malone, NLN CEO, "The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to prepare the numbers of excellent nurse educators we need if we are to eliminate the shortage of nurses plaguing Americas health care institutions. Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that meets the needs of our ever-changing health care environment deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession. I know this new credential will be borne with pride."

As newly named fellows, this group has been lauded for innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice or community partnerships.

The induction of new fellows and a meeting of fellows in the Academy of Nursing Education will be held in conjunction with the NLNs annual Education Summit, September 26-29 in Phoenix, AZ.

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Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 23,000 individual and 1100 institutional members.

The newly named fellows are:

Patricia Allen, EdD, RN, CNE; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock

Martha Alligood, PhD, MS, RN, BSN, BSL; East Carolina University School of Nursing, Greenville, NC

Gail Baumlein, PhD, RN, CNS; Chamberlain College of Nursing, Saint Louis, MO

Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN, FAAN; University of Texas at Arlington

Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock

Sharon B. Cannon, EdD, MSN, RN; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock

Maria Connolly, PhD, APN, CNS, FCCM, CNE; University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

Bertha Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN; Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, CS, CCRN; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock

Frances Eason, EdD, MSN, RN, C, CNE; East Carolina University School of Nursing, Greenville, NC

Janice R. Ellis, PhD, RN; Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

Bronwynne C. Evans, PhD, RN, FNGNA; Arizona State University, Mesa

Betsy Frank, PhD, RN; Indiana State University College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services, Terre Haute

Kathleen Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Ann Gothler, PhD, RN, CNE; The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY

Judith Halstead, DNS, MSN, RN; Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis

Pamela Hammond, PhD, RN, FAAN; Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Mary Beth Hanner, PhD, MPH, RN; Excelsior College, Albany, NY

Celia. L Hartley, MN, RN; Consultant and Author, Camano Island, WA

Donna Ignatavicius, MS, RN; DI Associates, Inc., Placitas, NM

Pamela Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN; Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis

Marybeth Kelley, MSN, MEd, RN, CNE; Trinitas School of Nursing, Elizabeth, NJ

Barbara Krainovich-Miller, EdD, APRN, BC; New York University, New York, NY

Georgie Labadie, EdD, MSN, RN; University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, FL

Carrie B. Lenburg, EdD, RN, FAAN; Creative Learning & Assessment Systems, Roan Mountain, TN

Andrea Lindell, PhD, MSN, RN; University of Cincinnati, OH

Lois W. Lowry, DNSc, RN; East Tennessee State University, Gray

Frances Monahan, PhD, RN; SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY

Ramona Nelson, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN; Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dorothy Otto, EdD, RN; University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Susan G. Poorman, PhD, APRN, BC; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana

Cheryl Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNE; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock

Teresa Shellenbarger, DNSc, RN, CNE; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana

Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE; Thomas Jefferson University, Cherry Hill, NJ

Helen Streubert Speziale, EdD, RN, CNE; College Misericordia, Dallas, PA

Beverly Welhan, DNSc, RN; Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Marvel Williamson, PhD, RN, CNE; Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing, OK

Patricia Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, CNAA-BC, FAAN; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing,Lubbock

Eileen Zungolo, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA