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NLN Announces 2011 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows Induction to Take Place on September 24 at NLN Education Summit in Orlando

NLN Announces 2011 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows Induction to Take Place on September 24 at NLN Education Summit in Orlando


New York, NY — June 9, 2011 — Twelve distinguished nurse educators will join the National League for Nursings Academy of Nursing Education when they are inducted as fellows at the 2011 NLN Education Summit this fall in Orlando, Florida. This fifth class of fellows brings the total number since the establishment of the academy in 2007 to 117, selected through a competitive application process. They represent leaders in nursing education from nursing programs across the higher education spectrum and from other organizations committed to health care.

As in years past, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel considered many applications before making 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 activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships.

"We are proud of the vision, talent, wisdom, and experience this cohort of fellows brings to the academy," said Cathleen M. Shultz, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, the president of the NLN. "Through their accomplishments, which we publicly recognize by conferring the coveted ANEF credential, they truly embody the NLNs goal to promote excellence in nursing education to advance the nations health."

NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone added: "I look forward to working with yet another group of outstanding fellows to communicate the NLNs core values of excellence, caring, integrity, and diversity to the wider community of nurse educators, students, and practitioners with whom they come into contact. By so doing, they will help nurture the next generation of leaders in nursing and nursing education."

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, 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.

Fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education to be inducted at the 2011 NLN Education Summit at a ceremony on September 24 are:

  • Marsha Howell Adams, DSN, RN, CNE; University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing
  • Diane Breckenridge, PhD, RN; La Salle University School of Nursing
  • Joan Darden, PhD, RN; Thomas University
  • Mary M. Hoke, PhD, PHCNS-BC, RN-BC; New Mexico State University School of Nursing
  • RuthAnne Kuiper, PhD, RN, CNE; University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Mary Elizabeth Mancini, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAHA, FAAN; University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing
  • Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, RN; Widener University
  • Lynne Porter Lewallen, PhD, RN, CNE; University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE; Mesa Community College
  • Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, Midwestern State University
  • Frances R. Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE; Kent State University College of Nursing

For more information about the NLN Academy for Nursing Education, please visit or email

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

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 35,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.