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National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Sponsor Innovations in Nursing Education Research

NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Welcomes Two Trustees

June 15-16, 2012, University Place Conference Center & Hotel, Indianapolis

Pre-conference Workshops to Explore Research  Design Applications


New York, NY — January 17, 2012 — Researchers in clinical and academic settings; nursing school deans, other administrators, and nurse faculty; nurses with an international education and practice focus; nursing students; grant recipients; funders; and those in related health care roles will find much to gain from a conference this spring on nursing education research, co-sponsored by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the National League for Nursing. Innovations in Nursing Education Research is set for June 15-16 (Friday-Saturday) 2012 at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.

The day-and-a-half-long gathering features a lineup of luminaries in nursing education research. Dr. Patricia Benner will be the first presenter on Friday, June 15 with her talk on "Transforming Nursing Education Through Nursing Education Research." On Saturday morning, Dr. Carol Hurston will moderate "Quality Indicators of Graduate Programs in Nursing Education," a panel discussion featuring NLN president Dr. Judith Halstead, STTI president Dr. Suzanne Prevost, and Dr. Pegge Bell. Later that morning Dr. Marion Broome will present "Leading Nursing Research & Innovation."

A series of concurrent sessions throughout the conference will cover varied topics in nursing education research including: policy research; technology/simulation and informatics; testing educational interventions; and the mechanics involved in obtaining funding and publishing. Other sessions will be devoted to research standards and issues surrounding workplace environment and leadership. Separate tracks will be available for faculty and students, both doctoral and pre-doctoral.

"As research is a collaborative endeavor, we at the NLN are pleased to be partnering with colleagues at STTI to bring nursing education research to the forefront of consciousness in the community of nurse educators," said Dr. Halstead.

Two pre-conference workshops on Friday, June 15 will explore the applications of innovative research designs and methods.

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN and Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, the CEO of STTI, will open the conference together with welcoming remarks at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 15.

Said Dr. Prevost, "The 2012 Nursing Education Research Conference that we are hosting in conjunction with the NLN will give nurse educators an opportunity to hear the latest findings in educational research to support evidence-based education. This type of collaboration, networking, and enrichment gives us an opportunity to shape the future of nursing programs."

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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 professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 35,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations and agencies.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 125,000 members in 90 countries including practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTIs 483 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout the world. Visit for more information.