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2017 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows

NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
May 31, 2017

Academy Contact: Erin Maylett
Press Contact: Karen R. Klestzick

2017 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows Announced

National League for Nursing Will Induct New Class at 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, CA, Saturday, September 16

Washington, DC, May 30, 2017 - Fourteen distinguished nurse educators have been selected for the eleventh class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education, the National League for Nursing has announced.

In addition, one nurse educator-scholar has been named an honorary fellow, a category created in 2011 by the NLN Board of Governors to recognize retired nurse educators or those in affiliated professions or public service who have made significant contributions to nursing education. Together, the 15 bring total academy membership to 249 leaders in nursing education, from nursing programs across the academic spectrum and from other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the US and around the world.

Following tradition, the induction ceremony will take place at the NLN Honors Convocation on Saturday evening, September 16, during the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego.

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 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Said Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, NLN president and dean and professor of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington: "The Board of Governors takes its responsibility in the selection process very seriously. We look forward to personally congratulating each of these outstanding individuals. They are a wonderful reflection of the enterprise, creativity, and drive that motivate excellence in nursing education."

Added 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."

The class of 2017 fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education is listed below.

2017 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows
  • Debra Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN
  • Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Kay Cowen, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
  • H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Renee Hoeksel, PhD, RN
  • Yolanda Hyde, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CNE
  • Bette Mariani, PhD, RN
  • Colleen Meakim, MSN, RN, CHSE
  • Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
  • Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Shelly Wells, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN-CNS
  • Joyce Zurmehly, PhD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
2017 Honorary Fellow
  • Mary Wurzbach, PhD, FNP, MSN, RN
>> More information on the NLN Academy of Nursing Education

>> More information about the 2017 Education Summit, including online registration

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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

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