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Academy of Nursing Education Set to Induct Third Class of Fellows

Academy of Nursing Education Set to Induct Third Class of Fellows

Academy Established by the National League for Nursing Recognizes Contributions of Nurse Educators to Excellence in Nursing Education


New York, NY — June 5, 2009 — The National League for Nursing will induct its third class of 21 fellows, representing 20 schools of nursing throughout the United States into the Academy of Nursing Education, the League announced today. They join the 65 fellows, who, since the academys establishment in 2007, have proudly borne the credential ANEF.

Selection is competitive, with applications reviewed by a panel of fellows that makes its recommendation to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy. Evaluations take into account applicants contributions to 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.

Fellows are chosen for their sustained and significant contributions to the field of nursing education, noted board president Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, CNE. "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 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Fellows support the mission of the NLN to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce. They assist in the work required to prepare 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 NLN CEO Beverly L. Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, "The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to increase the numbers of excellent nurse educators needed to tackle 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 diverse nursing workforce that meets the needs of the complex 21st-century health care environment deserve this public recognition."

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 23-26 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact NLN chief communications officer, Karen R. Klestzick, at 212-812-0376,

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 30,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members

Fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education to be inducted at the NLN Education Summit 2009:

  • Mindi Anderson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC — University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing
  • Nell Ard, PhD, RN, CNE — Collin County Community College District
  • Wanda Bonnel, PhD, RN — University of Kansas School of Nursing
  • Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN — Boise State University
  • Patricia Edwards, EdD, RN, NEA-BC — Excelsior College of Nursing
  • Carol Fowler-Durham. MSN, RN — University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Lucille Gambardella, PhD, RN, CS, APN-BC, CNE — Wesley College
  • Debra Hagler, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE — Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
  • Judith Herrman, PhD, RN — University of Delaware, School of Nursing
  • Patricia Knecht, MSN, RN — Chester County Intermediate Unit/Centers for Arts and Technology
  • Karen Morin, DSN, RN — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jan Nick, PhD, RNC, CNE — Loma Linda University
  • Holly Price, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE — Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Deanna Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC — Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Elisabeth Shelton, PhD, RN, CNE — West Virginia University School of Nursing
  • Linda Siktberg, PhD, RN — Ball State Universityg
  • Sharon Sims, PhD, RN — Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Elaine Smith, MSN, MBA, RN, CNAA — Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN — Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Theresa Valiga, EdD, RN, FAAN — Duke University School of Nursing
  • George Velianoff, DNS, RN, FACHE — Cerner Corporation