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Three Outstanding Leaders in Nursing Education Tapped by National League for Nursing for Prestigious NLN President's Award

Three Outstanding Leaders in Nursing Education Tapped by National League for Nursing for Prestigious NLN Presidents Award

Three Outstanding Leaders in Nursing Education Tapped by National League for Nursing for Prestigious NLN
Presidents Award

Recognition Set for September 19-22 at 2012 NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, CA


New York, NY — August 7, 2012 — The National League for Nursing is proud to announce the recipients of its coveted Presidents Award in advance of the presentation of the awards at the Leagues 2012 Education Summit, September 19-22 in Anaheim, California.

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action; Courtney H. Lyder, ND, GNP, FAAN, dean and professor of the UCLA School of Nursing; and Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor-university dean emerita of the Indiana University School of Nursing, will each receive the 2012 NLN Presidents Award for their significant contributions to advancing the health of the nation through excellence in nursing education and practice. Their accomplishments reflect the NLNs unwavering commitment to the leagues four core values: caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence.

"The NLN Presidents Award reflects the priority the NLN gives to publicly recognizing leadership at a time and place designed to convey its importance to the widest possible audience of colleagues and peers in nursing education," noted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RAN, FAAN. The annual four-day summit is the premier event for nurse educators, deans, and administrators of nursing schools across the spectrum of higher education, and executives of health care organizations to hear from leading scholars as everyone gathers for seminars, poster presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and professional networking.

"Drs. Hassmiller, Lyder, and McBride are trailblazers, representing the vision, passion, and commitment to excellence necessary to advance nursing and health care in the United States. With this award we salute their impressive leadership and remarkable achievements attained over a lifetime in nursing," said NLN president Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Dr. Halstead is to present the awards to Drs. Hassmiller and McBride at the Summits opening session on Wednesday evening, September 19. Dr. Lyder will be recognized at the NLN Banquet, following the Presidents Reception, beginning at 6:15 pm on Friday, September 21. In honor of Dr. Lyder, the UCLA School of Nursing has announced its sponsorship of this years banquet.

For complete information on the NLN Summit 2012, visit For questions regarding registration, please call the NLN Summit Registration Hotline: 1-800-321-6338. Again this year, as a thank-you for using online registration, the NLN will place names in a drawing for an outstanding selection of valuable prizes.

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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members who represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education.


Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) where she is senior adviser for nursing, Susan Hassmiller shapes and leads strategies to address the shortage of nurses and nurse educators in an effort to provide a higher quality of patient care for all Americans. In fact, she is the chief strategist behind the foundations high profile "Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action," announced in November 2010, a month after the release of the landmark report from the Institute of Medicine, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Dr. Hassmiller provided leadership and served as the primary staff support for this groundbreaking work. RWJFs unprecedented initiative launched at the National Summit for Advancing Health through Nursing, a gathering in Washington DC of more than 600 top health leaders from around the US, was designed to build on the IOM recommendations. "Campaign for Action," under Dr. Hassmillers direction, will focus on five key areas: preparing and enabling nurses to lead change; improving nursing education; removing barriers to practice; workforce data collection; and fostering inter-professional collaboration. The leader for the implementation of the Future of Nursing report for RWJF, Dr. Hassmiller is directing the campaigns State Action Coalitions across the country.

With advancing nursing education at the forefront of her current priorities, Dr. Hassmiller developed a new national program at RWJF called Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). She is proud that the Tri-Council for Nursing, including the NLN, is serving as the leadership home, with operations being conducted out of AONE headquarters.

Serving as chair of the Disaster and Chapter Services Committee, Dr. Hassmiller recently completed a six-year term as a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross and is now serving as chair of the board for the Red Cross in New Jersey. Before she joined RWJF in 1997, Dr. Hassmiller was executive director of the US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), involved in other national and international primary care initiatives. In addition, Dr. Hassmiller has worked in public health settings at the local and state levels and taught public health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she earned her doctorate in nursing administration and health policy.

Dr. Hassmiller is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council, the CMS Nurse Steering Committee, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She holds two masters degrees, one in health education from Florida State University, where, earlier, she earned her bachelors degree, and a second in community health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Other honors include distinguished alumna recognition from George Mason University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Broward College; the 2008 John P. McGovern Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; the 2009 Community Service Award from George Washington University; and the 2009 Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the highest international honor given to a nurse.

Courtney H. Lyder, ND, GNP, FAAN
Dean and Professor, UCLA School of Nursing

The first male minority dean of a school of nursing in the United States, as well as the first black dean at UCLA, Courtney H. Lyder is nationally and internationally recognized for his leadership in patient safety and advocacy for vulnerable populations, in particular for better care of the elderly, a growing patient cohort. His scholarly and clinical work in gerontology — with a special focus on the prevention of pressure ulcers, identifying erythema in darkly pigmented skin, and wound care — led to his appointment as senior consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In that role, Dr. Lyder has influenced federal policy related to standards of care in nursing homes across the US. In 2012, Secretary Sebelius appointed Dr. Lyder to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, he co-led an investigation to identify hospital errors affecting the Medicare population. His findings influenced the governments decision to stop paying for the treatment of preventable conditions that patients contract in hospitals.

Since his arrival four years ago as UCLA dean, Dr. Lyder has led a dramatic 400 percent increase in research funding there. The result is that UCLA, with a $14 million annual budget for nursing education research, now ranks fourth among the nations schools of nursing in NIH funding. His own research, over the past decade, has resulted in an extensive opus of published, scholarly work, including two books and articles, chapters, and abstracts in such prestigious publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Surgery, Advances in Skin and Wound Care, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. He lectures widely, sits on seven editorial boards, and reviews manuscripts for 15 medical and nursing journals.

Dr. Lyder is also a passionate advocate for expanding diversity in the nursing workforce. Under his leadership, the School of Nursing is the most diverse on the UCLA campus: 59 percent are students of color, while 13 percent are male, up from 9 percent since he joined the school in 2008. Interested in attracting more minority men to nursing, Dr. Lyder serves on the Advisory Committee for the Black Men and Boys Initiative and is active as an adviser to the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Lyder was an endowed professor of nursing and a professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at the University of Virginia. There, he led the School of Nursings acute and specialty care department, where he oversaw curriculum for 25 full-time and 22 part-time faculty members. He also designed and directed the schools geriatric nurse practitioner program, and in 2006 was appointed director of diversity initiatives, which led to a 15 percent increase that year in the number of minority students entering the program. In other career milestones Dr. Lyder was the first minority awarded tenure at the Yale University School of Nursing and the second youngest inductee to the American Academy of Nursing.

Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor - University Dean Emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing

Asked to describe what in her distinguished career in nursing education makes her most proud, Angela Barron McBride cited several highlights: The publication in 1973 of The Growth and Development of Mothers, Dr. McBrides first book, was recognized as one of the best of the year by both The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing. Serving as president of Sigma Theta Tau International, from 1987-89, Dr. McBride oversaw the honor societys creation of the Center of Nursing Scholarship in Indianapolis, acquiring the land, erecting the facility, and raising more than half the funds required to complete the project. During her tenure as dean, the Indiana University School of Nursing became a nationally recognized center for research excellence in behavioral oncology and quality-of-life in chronic illness and in educational scholarship, particularly in the realm of interactive learning. Dr. McBride was the first nurse named a distinguished professor at IU and the first woman from the state of Indiana elected to the Institute of Medicine. In chairing the IU Health boards Committee on Quality and Patient Safety for the past eight years, Dr. McBride helped IU Health become a nationally ranked academic health center.

A recognized expert in women's health, psychiatric nursing, and the psychology of parenthood, Dr. McBride followed up her 1973 book with Living with Contradictions: A Married Feminist (1976) and How to Enjoy a Good Life with Your Teenager (1987), the latter a selection of Psychotherapy Book Review. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Integrating the Behavioral and Biological Sciences (co-edited with Joan K. Austin) earned a 1996 Book-of-the-Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. She has contributed chapters to more than 60 additional books, and has published numerous articles in, among others: Nursing Research, Research in Nursing and Health, Sex Roles, Developmental Psychology, and American Psychologist.

In recent years, Dr. McBride has turned her attention to leadership development — how to orchestrate a career; the nursing leadership demanded by IOM's quality reports; and how the informatics revolution is changing practice. In 2000, Sigma Theta Tau International published the monograph she compiled, Nursing and Philanthropy, and in 2011, Springer published her latest book, The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders, which won the 2011PROSE Award for the category "Nursing and Allied Health" (Prose Awards are the premier awards for outstanding professional and scholarly publishing in the United States). She is also an associate editor of Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia; Springer published the second edition in 2012.

Her own leadership experience includes service on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (1987-91); Advisory Committee of NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health (1997-2001); and as president of the American Academy of Nursing (1993 1995). Passing on her leadership savvy, she designs the annual leadership conference of the John A. Hartford Foundations Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program and chairs the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Nurse Faculty Scholar Program. For her contributions she has been honored with various professional awards, among them the "Outstanding Contributions to Nursing and Health Psychology" Award of the American Psychological Associations Division on Health Psychology, Sigma Theta Tau Internationals Melanie Dreher Award for her abilities as a dean, the Ross Products Pioneering Spirit Award of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, six honorary doctorates, and designation as a "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing in 2006.

Dr. McBride earned her BSN from Georgetown University, her MSN from Yale University, and her PhD in developmental psychology from Purdue University.