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NLN Research Grants, Foundation Scholarships, Jonas Scholars 2016

NLN Announces New Centers of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education
September 9, 2016

Press Contact: Karen R. Klestzick

NLN Research Grants, NLN Foundation Scholarships, Jonas Scholars Announced

Awards to Be Presented at 2016 Education Summit in Orlando
“We encourage everybody with a stake in promoting excellence in nursing education to help expand the number of scholars we can support by giving to the foundation.”
NLN President Dr. Anne Bavier
Washington, DC, September 9, 2016 - Select doctoral candidates in nursing education and scholars pursuing innovative research in nursing education will get a financial boost in the coming year from grants and scholarships awarded by the NLN. The recipients will be acknowledged at the 2016 NLN Education Summit at Orlando World Center Marriott, September 21-23.

In congratulating these outstanding individuals, NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted, “Support for scholarship in teaching and research is critical to our goal of ‘advancing the science of nursing education.’ On behalf of the NLN, I commend them for their contributions to nursing scholarship.”

This was a particularly competitive year for NLN Foundation for Nursing Education scholarships having received its highest number of applications to date. “However,” said NLN president Anne Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, “thanks to more generous giving, we were able to increase the number of scholarships awarded. More than $37,000 has been distributed among seven doctoral candidates in amounts ranging from just over $2,400 to $7,000. We encourage everybody with a stake in promoting excellence in nursing education to help expand the number of scholars we can support by giving to the foundation.”

The NLN’s research grants program, housed in the NLN | Chamberlain Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education, supports rigorous, high-quality pedagogical research studies. “All studies relate to one or more of the NLN Research Priorities in Nursing Education, and multi-site projects are encouraged,” said Dr. Malone. Funding, which has steadily increased from an initial $12,000 to more than $80,000 annually, is provided by the NLN and through endowments and donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education.

The NLN Jonas Scholars Program was established in 2010 through generous funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Chosen by faculty in schools selected by the Jonas Foundation, NLN Jonas Scholars are mentored by experienced researchers in the NLN | Chamberlain Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Scholars in previous cohorts have since joined the ranks of doctoral-prepared nurse faculty, fulfilling the grant’s stated purpose to advance the science of nursing education through evidence-based research.


Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award
Linda D. Ward, PhD, FNP-C, Washington State University
“Implementation of a Cyberhub to Support Genomic Nursing Education”

Joyce Griffin-Sobel Research Award
Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Oakland University
Christa Koffel, PhD, RN, ProMedica
“Measuring the Effect of QSEN Curriculum Change in Newly Licensed Registered Nurses: Tool Development”

Nancy Langston Research Award
Amy Hagedorn Wonder, PhD, RN, Indiana University
Darrell Spurlock Jr., PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, Widener University
“What Do Nursing Students Know about Evidence-based Practice? A National Study of EBP Knowledge Across Academic Levels”

Dorothy Otto Research Award
Alice March, PhD, RN, FNP, CNE, University of Alabama
Nancy Haugen, PhD, RN, Samuel Merritt University
“Hoping to Pass: A Multisite Trial of a One-Time Hope Intervention to Improve Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Standardized Exam Scores”

Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award
Cynthia Sherraden Bradley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, Indiana University
“Exploring DML Debriefing with the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning Evaluation Scale (DMLES) In Pre-licensure Nursing Education”


NLN/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Award
Heidi Kathleen Holtz, MSN, RN, Indiana University
“Nursing Students’ Experiences and Responses to Faculty Incivility: A Grounded Theory Study”

NLN/Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award
Siobhan O’ Connor, MSc, RN, University of Manchester
“Systematic Review on the Use of Social Media in Nursing Education”

NLN/Southern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award
Sarah Watts, MSN, RN, Mercer University
“Learning Experiences of Senior-Level, Prelicensure Nursing Students: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis”


Abigail Pauline Batin-Villarroya, MSN, RN; PhD Candidate, Catholic University of America

Lisa D. Brodersen, EdD, RN; PhD Candidate, Saint Louis University

Kelly L. Dyar, MSN, RN, CNN, CNE; EdD Candidate, University of West Georgia Tanner Health Systems School of Nursing

Kimberly M. French, MSN, RN; PhD Candidate, Mercer University

Mary Hanks, MSN, RN, CNL, CNE – EdD Candidate, University of Alabama

Carol Stewart, MSN, MA; PhD Candidate, University of Oklahoma

Hyunju Yang, MSN, RN, APN; PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University


Lisa Carroll, MSN, RN, Widener University

Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, CRNP, RNC, Widener University

Shevellanie Lott, MSN, RN, CNE, Hampton University

Carlene McLaughlin, CRNA, MSN, Villanova University

Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Case Western Reserve University

Pamela Potter, MSN, RN-BC, CWCN, Southern University A&M

Lisa Zenoni, MS, RN, CRRN, University of Northern Colorado

About the NLN
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.

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