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NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Announces Five-Year Grant from Pocket Nurse® to Sponsor NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat

NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Announces Five-Year Grant from Pocket Nurse® to Sponsor NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat

Funds from Nurse-Owned and -Operated Industry Leader in Medical Supplies for Education and Simulation Facilitates Expansion of Faculty Development Program


New York, NY — September 3, 2010 — A stumbling block to advancement for many nurse educators can be their inexperience translating research findings into publishable manuscripts. Often, they lack the time, skill set, or both. To address this challenge, in 2008, the National League for Nursing launched the Scholarly Writing Retreat, an intensive annual three-day gathering led by Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, a prolific author and professor and chair of adult health at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Leslie Block, managing editor of the NLNs respected peer-reviewed research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives.

Under the direction of Dr. Oermann and Ms. Block, a select number of nurse educators, chosen through a competitive process, have succeeded in preparing their scholarship for publication. In its first two years, the retreat has produced dramatic results: 18 participants submitted 22 manuscripts; 17 have been accepted for publication with others under review.

Now, with a generous $200,000 five-year grant from Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based, nurse-owned and nurse-operated leader in medical supplies for education and simulation, this successful program is set to expand to two retreats annually. Author and educator Dr. Leslie H. Nicoll, principal and owner of Maine Desk LLC, will lead the second 2011 retreat.

  • March 11 - 13 at Indiana University School of Nursing
    Leader: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
    Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Co-author/Writing for Publication in Nursing, 2nd Ed.
    Springer Publishing Co., 2010
  • April 1 - 3 at San Francisco State University
    Leader: Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, BC
    Principal and Owner of Maine Desk LLC
    Co-author/The Editors Handbook: An Online Resource and CE Course
    Contributor to/Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses,
    Sigma Theta Tau International, 2010

"The plan is to host two retreats a year in regionally diverse locations," announced NLN president Dr. Cathleen Shultz. "That way many more nurse educators from varying nursing programs can participate than previous retreats could accommodate. We hope that for the duration of the current grant, between 2011 and 2015, at least 100 nurse educators will take advantage of this unparalleled mentoring and faculty development opportunity that will have a major impact on building the science of nursing education."

"It is nearly impossible to overstate the positive impact the support of Pocket Nurse will have on nursing education," said Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, the CEO of the NLN and the NLN Foundation. "This grant represents a lifeline to scores of faculty and aspiring faculty who seek to advance their careers through publication of their scholarly work. The professional development will also help these educators to become thought leaders in the field."

"With this commitment to sustain and expand the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, Pocket Nurse has made it possible for more research findings to see the light of day," asserted Fran Hicks, PhD, RN, FAAN, the chair of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Board of Trustees. "That will mean greater access by faculty across the United States to the insights and creativity of our nurse-scholars: new methods to assess and evaluate students and innovative approaches to clinical instruction and simulation techniques in varied settings."

Anthony Battaglia, president and CEO of Pocket Nurse, is not only an entrepreneur, but also a nurse. He says, "Pocket Nurse is committed to supporting our colleagues in the education community. It is my hope that through the Pocket Nurse/NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, the body of nursing and simulation knowledge will be expanded through the research and findings disseminated in scholarly journals."

Applications and more information will be online, October 19, at

Registration Fee: $850 (includes tuition, meals, and two nights accommodations).

Deadline for submission is December 15, 2010.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 32,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members who represent all types of nursing education programs.

Pocket Nurse sells medical supplies and equipment to health care educators throughout the United States and Canada.