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National League for Nursing Awards 2012 Research Grants

National League for Nursing Awards 2012 Research Grants

Investigations Address NLN Research Priorities, Advancing the Science of Nursing Education and Evidence-Based Teaching

Presentations to Take Place at NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, CA


New York, NY — September 5, 2012 — Six distinguished nurse educators will be awarded research grants by the National League for Nursing, facilitating investigations to advance the science of nursing education and promote evidence-based teaching, two key goals of the NLNs competitive Nursing Education Research Grants Program.

The grants will be formally announced at a special ceremony during the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, September 20 at the 2012 NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, California. The four-day gathering is a much anticipated opportunity for nurse educators, deans and administrators of nursing schools across the spectrum of higher education and health care executives in allied organizations, to hear from the experts, in seminars; workshops; panel discussions; and poster sessions, as well as to engage in professional networking.

"With evidence-based education and evidence-based practice fast becoming the standard for nursing regulatory and nursing accrediting agencies, the NLN has been proud of its leadership role in establishing nursing education research as the foundation for building the science of nursing education, facilitating and funding research in this area, and nurturing the development of novices into expert scholars," noted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

To be eligible for support, projects had to meet at least one of the NLNs current priorities for research, which place a particular emphasis on transforming nursing education for the contemporary health care environment. As approved by the NLN Board of Governors, the Leagues research priorities call for robust research designs to create links between practice and education and creative approaches to build capacity for education research scholars. The program favors multi-site projects that involve partnerships between practice and education.

Funding from the NLN, which has steadily grown in the past decade from an initial $12,000 to more than $80,000 annually, is supported by endowments and donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education.

The 2012 research grantees, along with their named awards, are:

  • Ruth Corcoran Grant for Nursing Education Research
    Project TRIumph: A Liaison Nurse Model to Transform the Clinical Learning Environment
    Mary Jane K. DiMattio, PhD, R.N, University of Scranton, PA

  • Joyce Griffin-Sobel Research Award
    The Next Generation Nursing Clinical Scholars: Enhancing Clinical Education with Systems Engineering
    Vicki Simpson, PhD, RN, CHES, Purdue University, IN

  • Nancy Langston Research in Nursing Education Award
    The Impact of Simulation Based Learning Activities on Nursing Students Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior Related to Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Multi-Site Pilot Study
    Stephanie Sideras, PhD, RN, Oregon Health & Science University, OR

  • NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Fund
    The Impact of Critical Thinking upon Clinical Judgment During Simulation with Senior Nursing Students
    Mary Cazzell, PhD, RN, University of Texas at Arlington, TX

  • NLN Research in Nursing Education Award
    Impact of Live Actors in Simulation on Professional Communication Skills of Entry Level Students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program
    MaryAnn Witt, DNSc, College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY

    Meaningful E-learning: An International, Multi-institution Research Study
    Vincent Salyers, EdD, MSN, BA, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

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.