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Winners of the NLN Awards 2017

Named NLN Awards Bestowed
October 10, 2016

Press Contact: Karen R. Klestzick

Named NLN Awards Bestowed

Winners of League’s Highest Honors Celebrated at
2016 Education Summit in Orlando, Florida
“These awards reflect the highest levels of achievement embodied by the NLN’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, whether in the classroom, a clinical setting, or through public advocacy.” - NLN President Anne Bavier

Washington, DC, October 10, 2016 - The NLN Awards, named for nursing education luminaries, were presented Friday evening, September 23 at the Honors Convocation preceding the festive NLN President’s Reception that concluded the 2016 Education Summit. Awardees are selected from a competitive field of nominees by the NLN Awards Committee, which makes its recommendations to the Board of Governors.

President Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington, noted that this year the NLN continues a tradition to make the awards in memory of three outstanding nurses whose legacies help define excellence in nursing education: Mary Adelaide Nutting, Isabel Hampton Robb, and Lillian Ward. “These awards reflect the highest levels of achievement embodied by the NLN’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, whether in the classroom, a clinical setting, or through public advocacy.”

Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN: “We are proud to acknowledge today’s leaders in nursing education who recall the spirit and substance of their award’s namesake.”


bevphoto Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing,
George Washington University, Washington, DC

Nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning, Pamela R. Jeffries is well regarded for her expertise in experiential learning, innovative teaching strategies, new pedagogies, and the delivery of content using technology in nursing education.

Dr. Jeffries has served as principal investigator on grants with national organizations such as the NLN, has provided research leadership and mentorship on national projects with the National Council State Board of Nursing, and has served as a consultant to health care organizations of all sizes and scope; corporations; and publishers, providing expertise in clinical education, simulations, and other emerging technologies.

A sought-after lecturer and presenter at national and international conferences, Dr. Jeffries has numerous publications to her credit including: Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (2nd edition); Developing Simulation Centers Using the Consortium Model; and her latest book, Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities (Lippincott).

Dr. Jeffries was inducted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Research Hall of Fame and is the recipient of teaching and research awards for excellence, including from: the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulations and Learning, the NLN, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


bevphoto Deborah Raines, PhD, EdS, RN, ANEF;
Associate Professor, School of Nursing,
State University of New York at Buffalo

Deborah Raines has expanded her role as a leading nurse educator beyond the classroom at SUNY-Buffalo to include teaching and research consultation in a clinical setting at the city’s Sisters of Charity Hospital.

Many of her 100-plus presentations and more than 75 published articles in professional publications have been focused on teaching strategies and evaluation of educational interventions. Her research centers on parenting behaviors, pregnancy and newborn health, and nursing workforce development through innovative education. Her current work is focused on using high-fidelity training simulations – or computerized manikins – to improve infant care transitions from intensive care nurseries to the home.

Past honors include awards for excellence in education, an ELSIE as a Leading Star in Education, the Community Partner Award, Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Excellence in Clinical Scholarship, and the Scholar of Change Award. Dr. Raines was elected a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice and is a fellow in the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education.

In addition to a BSN from Syracuse University, Dr. Raines also holds a master’s in perinatal nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; a PhD in nursing administration and information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University; and an EdS in educational technology from Walden University.


bevphoto Jan M. Nick, PhD, RNC-OB, CNE, ANEF
Professor, Loma Linda University School of Nursing, California

Coming from a disadvantaged background, Jan Nick believes that the key to improvement and reaching excellence is through education. She has volunteered at clinics and institutions during holidays, vacations, and summer breaks, donating her time and travel expenses so that others can learn. She provided clinical care to marginalized communities in Mexico, led health fairs in Cameroon, and helped strengthen capacities of nursing schools in developing countries.

Recognizing the struggle faculty face with the lack of information resources, Dr. Nick helps faculty learn to find high-quality scholarly content for free. She strongly feels that scientific knowledge is a “right to access” issue; it is about fairness and equality. Through her humanitarian activities she has updated faculty on nursing content, active learning strategies, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) movement, and information literacy.

While a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay, Dr. Nick helped develop a new school of nursing now in its sixth year. She contributes to schools of nursing to sponsor faculty to obtain advanced degrees, build new buildings, purchase skills lab equipment, and obtain classroom supplies for support of active learning.

Dr. Nick´s passion for helping others is based on her personal mission statement to “increase capacity in schools of nursing around the globe so that nursing knowledge is disseminated, faculty teaching is strengthened, student´s care is based on evidence, and therefore people´s health improves.”

Information about Summit 2017, September 14-16 in San Diego including special early bird savings and abstract submissions is available.

About the NLN
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