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2015 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows

Washington, DC - Twenty-two distinguished nurse educators have been selected for the ninth class of fellows for induction into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education, the National League for Nursing announced today. In addition, seven nurse educators were named honorary fellows, recognizing retired nurse educators or those in affiliated professions or public service who have made significant contributions to nursing education.

These 29 outstanding individuals bring total academy membership to 216 leaders in nursing education from nursing programs across the academic spectrum and from other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care. Following tradition, the induction ceremony will take place at the NLN Banquet on Friday evening, October 2, during the 2015 Education Summit in Las Vegas.

In a competitive application process, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel has a great deal to consider before recommending fellowship candidates to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy. Evaluations 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.

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Noted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, "Fellows support the mission and core values of the NLN and assist in the work required to prepare graduates from all types of nursing programs. They serve as mentors and resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nurse faculty."

Added Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, the president of the NLN and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville: "I look forward to personally congratulating my new fellow colleagues as they join me in this powerful NLN enterprise. As our ranks grow, so does our impact on the quality of nursing and health care – today and in the future."

The class of 2015 fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education is listed below.

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2015 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows

    Cindy Anderson, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN
    Kenya Beard, EdD, CNE, GNP-BC, NP-C, ACNP-BC
    Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, FAAN
    Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Sheryl Buckner, MS, RN-BC, CNE
    Elizabeth Burkhart, PhD, RN
    W Richard Cowling III RN, PhD, APRN-BC, AHN-BC, FAAN
    Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE
    Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
    Linda Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE
    Deborah Ulrich, PhD, RN

    Nancy Kramer, EdD, MSN, CPNP, PMHS, CNE, ARNP
    Brenda Marshall, EdD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC
    Betsy McDowell, PhD, RN, CNE
    Janet McMahon, MSN, RN
    Donna Meyer, MSN, RN
    Chad O'Lynn, PhD, RN, CNE
    Sharron Schlosser, PhD, RN, CNE, COI
    Kathleen Sitzman, RN, PhD, CNE
    Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD, RN, FAAN
    Darrell Spurlock, Jr., PhD, RN, NEA-BC
    Catherine Van Son, PhD, RN

2015 Honorary Fellows

      Lois Allen, PhD
      Henrietta Bernal, PhD, RN
      Angela McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
      Afaf Meleis, PhD, FAAN
      Kathryn Mershon, MSN, RN, CNAA, FAAN
      Dorothy Powell, EdD, RN, FAAN
      Lillian Stokes, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

    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.