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National League for Nursing Announces Winners of NLN President's Award and NLN Awards

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New York, NY — August 12, 2013 — The achievements of four leading nurse educators are in the spotlight with the announcement by the National League for Nursing of the annual NLN Awards and NLN Presidents Awards, the Leagues highest honors. They will accept their much deserved recognition before a community of their peers at separate award presentations during the NLNs 2013 Education Summit. The capacity crowd of nurse faculty, deans, and administrators and executives of health care organizations will gather in Washington, DC, September 18-21.

"It is important that these distinguished award winners be recognized in the presence of colleagues and others of prominence in health care policy, education, and practice, and it is the NLNs great privilege to provide such a forum," remarked NLN president Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, "In highlighting the achievements in scholarship, leadership, and pedagogy that have merited their selection, we reaffirm our mission to promote excellence in nursing education to advance the nations health through the four NLN core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence."

NLN Presidents Awards
Dr. Halstead will present the NLN Presidents Award to Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, on Wednesday, September 18 and to Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, FAAN, FRCN on Friday, September 20. Dr. Everett is executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Indiana University Health, a network that includes Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Methodist, University, and Saxony Hospitals; and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. Dr. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, professor of nursing and sociology, and director of the schools WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership.

In selecting Drs. Everett and Meleis as this years NLN Presidents Award recipients, Dr. Halstead noted their "multiple contributions to nursing and nursing education, including scholarly endeavors; work in strengthening academic-practice partnerships and inter-professional education; and advancement of diversity in global nursing and nursing education. These are just a few of the many accomplishments that distinguish these outstanding professionals."

NLN Awards
The NLN Award winners are selected from a competitive field of nominees by the NLN Awards Committee, which makes its recommendation to the Leagues Board of Governors. This years committee, chaired by Dr. David Anthony Forrester, chose Suzan Kardon-Edgren, PhD, RN, CHSE, ANEF, who holds the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair at Boise State University School of Nursing, to receive the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research; and Julie A. Meek, PhD, RN, clinical associate professor in the Department of Environments for Health, and DNP Program co-director at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, to receive the NLN Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Bio-sketches of NLN Presidents Award and NLN Award winners may be found here.

For complete information on NLN Summit 2013 and to register, visit To assist participants in choosing the sessions they wish to attend, abstracts for all concurrent session are available online at

For additional registration questions, please call the NLN Summit registration hotline: 1-800-321-6338.

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.