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NLN Publishes Vision of the Changing Faculty Role



Washington, DC, January 23, 2015 — In order to improve health care outcomes, the National League for Nursing's new vision statement calls for nursing programs to teach with and about technology to better prepare the nursing workforce. 

In 2014, the NLN engaged national leaders in technology, from education, practice and government, to identify key issues that are changing the face of health care delivery. This latest issue of the NLN's ongoing Vision Series incorporates the input from that meeting in the following areas: consumer engagement in health, on-demand access to technological applications and data storage, virtual health care, and informatics. 

"The Changing Faculty Role: Preparing Students for the Technological World of Health Care" calls for the nursing education community to take action in a variety of ways. NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone cited the following examples from the recommendations: 

Deans, directors, and chairs of nursing programs are asked to provide financial support for faculty development in informatics education and simulation technologies. 

Nurse faculty are called upon to seek learning opportunities to develop technological skills and knowledge to move students forward in the connected age of health care. 

The NLN is asked to create a repository of shared teaching/learning resources focused on the use of technology in nursing programs and practice driven informatics.

Said NLN president Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, "In many ways, nurses are the bridge between the patient and technology. The League's mission and core values, its long history of leading the national and international nursing education community in promoting teaching excellence, and the intellectual capital of its members and leaders provide the foundation to address the challenges of leveraging technology as a tool in health care and nursing education." 

Read the complete text of "The Changing Faculty Role: Preparing Students for the Technological World of Health Care" here.

Reporters/Editors: For more information and interview opportunities, please contact Karen R. Klestzick, chief communications officer, at 202-909-2483 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 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.