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NLN Announces 2012 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows


Induction Set for September 21 at NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, CA


New York, NY — June 7, 2012 — Thirty-two distinguished nurse educators will join the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education when they are inducted as fellows at the 2012 NLN Education Summit this fall in Anaheim, California. This sixth class of fellows, selected through a competitive application process, is the largest since the academy was established in 2007. In addition, for the first time in 2012, the academy will induct five honorary fellows, a new category created by the NLN Board of Governors last fall to recognize retired nurse educators or those in affiliated professions or public service who have made significant contributions to advancing excellence in nursing education. The 2012 fellows and honorary fellows together bring the academy's total to 154 leaders in nursing education from nursing programs across the higher education spectrum and from other organizations committed to health care.

With an applicant pool much larger than in years past the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel had a great deal to review before making its recommendation to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy. Panelists 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.

"I believe it is noteworthy that the NLN has set a gold standard for excellence in nursing education such that more and more of today's nurse educators aspire to fellowship in the academy," said Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, the president of the NLN. Remarking on the new category of honorary fellow at the time it was established, Dr. Halstead added: "Honorary fellows will bring an added dimension to the diversity of the academy as the NLN seeks to spotlight individuals from outside the profession and other nursing leaders from around the country and around the world who may not be eligible for full fellowship."

"We are proud to recognize the vision, talent, wisdom, and experience of the 2012 fellows, whose accomplishments will be aptly and publicly reflected by their ANEF credential," said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. "I look forward to formally welcoming them into the academy's ranks at the induction ceremony in Anaheim this fall and to working with them in the years ahead to prepare the next generation of nurses to advance the nation's health."

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 and core values 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 nurse faculty.

Fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education to be inducted at the 2012 NLN Education Summit at a ceremony and banquet on Friday, September 21 are:

Maxine Adegbola, PhD, RN, CNE Joan Such Lockhart, PhD, RN, CORLN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN
Robert Anders, DrPH, CS, CNAA, FAAN Mary Hysell Lynd, PhD, RN, CNL(r)
Alyce Ashcraft, PhD, RN, CNE Pamela Mahon, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE Barbara Mandelco, PhD, RN
Sandra Chaisson Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC Jeanette McNeill, DrPH, RN, CNE, AOCNS
Pamela Brown, PhD, RN JoAnn Mulready-Shick, EdD, RN, CNE
Maureen C. Creegan, EdD, RN, FNYAM Liana Orsolini-Hain, PhD, RN
Eileen Curl, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, CNE Tracy Ortelli, MS, RN, CNE
Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-BC,
Ignatius Perkins, OP, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNYAM
Michelle Foley, MA, RN, CNE E. Carol Polifroni, EdD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Ruth Gresley, PhD, RN, CNE Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, CNE
Mary Quinn Griffin, PhD, RN Cathleen Shultz, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Barbara Joyce, PhD, RN, CNS Maureen Tremel, MSN, ARNP, CNE
Jane Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN Francine Weatherby, PhD, RN-C
Eileen Kohlenberg, PhD, RN, NEA-BC Margaret Williams, PhD, RN, CNE
Nancy Langston, PhD, RN, FAAN Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNE

Honorary fellows to be inducted on September 21, 2012 are:

Myrna Armstrong, EdD, RN, FAAN Susan Sherman, MA, RN, FAAN
Hazel Brown, EdD, RNC, CNAA Verle Waters, MA, RN
Ray Perryman, PhD

For more information about the NLN Academy of 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, or

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 37,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations and agencies.