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NLN Announces 2018 Grant and Scholarship Winners

September 2, 2018

For Immediate Release Contact: Jane Calem Rosen
NLN Announces 2018 Grant and Scholarship Winners

Awards to Be Presented at Annual Education Summit in Chicago
Washington, DC, September 2, 2018 — Select doctoral candidates in nursing education; scholars pursuing innovative research in nursing education; and for the first time in 2018, nursing students pursuing preparation in geriatric nursing will get a financial boost in the coming year through grants and scholarships to be awarded at the 2018 NLN Education Summit in Chicago, September 12-14.

As in years past, the NLN president noted the significance of the NLN's scholarship and research grant programs. "Support for nursing students at every level of the academic spectrum and scholarship in nursing education is critical to the fulfillment of the NLN's mission to promote excellence in nursing education to prepare a diverse, nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and of the global community," said G. Rumay Alexander, professor and professor and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "On behalf of the NLN, I extend congratulations to our scholarship and grant award winners and thank the members of the selection committees who volunteer their time."

Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN: "A special 'thank you' to donors to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and our partners at Home Instead Senior Care and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, all of whom make the NLN scholarship and research grants programs possible. The future depends on continued giving, so I encourage everyone with a stake in promoting excellence in nursing education to consider supporting the NLN Foundation. We want to do all we can to expand the number of scholars deserving of our support."

2018 NLN-Home Instead Scholarships in Geriatric Nursing Education

Earlier this year, the NLN Foundation and Home Instead Senior Care joined forces to foster and promote geriatric nursing education through a scholarship fund, with scholarships to be awarded to nursing students enrolled in such courses of study. Because adults aged 65 and older in the United States and throughout the world account for an increasing proportion of the population, there is widespread acknowledgement that nursing school graduates must be better prepared to deliver outstanding, culturally sensitive care to older adults in hospital, clinical and outpatient community settings.

Tiffany Colston, BSN, RN, George Washington University
Joyce Angelie Della, BSN, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Ngan Doan, MSN, BSN, RN, UCLA School of Nursing
Mandie Flora, University of Southern Indiana
Cecilia Garcia, BSN, RN, Shenandoah University
Cheryl Garmon, MSN, RN, CASC, University of Texas at Tyler
Yu Jin Kang, MPH, BSN, RN, University of Minnesota
Jaclyn Layson, RN, University of Texas, Arlington
Oksana Petrik, BSN, RN, CCRN, UCLA School of Nursing

2018 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Winners

The NLN Foundation Scholarship Awards Program seeks to support seasoned and ethnically diverse nurses committed to careers in academic nursing education. Hence, these scholarships are awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees, either master's or doctorates, in accredited programs, and have completed at least half of their academic studies toward their degrees.

Benjamin Canha, MSN, RN, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Eurina Cha, MSN, RN, CRRN, Walden University
Binu Koirala, MGS, RN, Johns Hopkins University
Briyana Morrell, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Catholic University of America
LaDonia Patterson, MSN, RN, CNE, University of West Georgia
Crista Reaves, MSN, RN, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Amy Yarbrough, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN, University of West Georgia

2018 NLN Nursing Education Research Grant Recipients

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 with funding provided by the NLN and through endowments and donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education (FNE).

Dorothy Otto Research Award
Megan Lippe, PhD, MSN, RN and Andra Davis, PhD, MN, RN
University of Alabama and Washington State University
Development of an Instrument to Measure Palliative Care Competencies in Undergraduate Nursing Students

Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award
Brandon Kyle Johnson, PhD, RN, CHSE

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Observational Experiential Learning Facilitated by Debriefing for Meaningful Learning: Exploring Student Roles in Simulation

Nancy Langston Research Award
Janice B. Foust, PhD, RN and Judith Healey Walsh, PhD, RN

University of Massachusetts Boston
Enhancing Empathy and Interprofessional Communication in Primary Care: Use of Mixed Reality Simulation

Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award
Amber Young-Brice, PhD, RN

Marquette University
Grit as a Predictor of Academic Success Among Associate Degree Nursing Students

NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Award
Laura Cox Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS — BC, ANEF, FAAN

Boston College
At the Interface: Workplace Bullying Dynamics as Deterrents to Translational Research Process in Nursing Education

NLN/Southern Nursing Research Society Research Award
Audra Lewis, RN, CHSE

Tarrant County College
Development of the Nurses' Attitudes to Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Interaction Scale

NLN/Sigma Theta Tau International Diane Billings Research Award
Pamela Melvin, MSN, RN
and Carol Cox PhD, MCHES; Joseph Visker, PhD, MCHES and Emily Forsyth, PhD, MPH, RN, CHES
Truman State University and Minnesota State University
Teaching Collaborative Communication Skills Using Rapid e-learning Technology and a Brief Interprofessional Simulation Event

2018-19 NLN Jonas Scholars — Ninth Cohort

Established in 2010, the NLN Jonas Scholars Program, with funding through a grant from Jonas Philanthropies, addresses a core goal of the NLN: advancement of the science of nursing education. The initiative includes a comprehensive mentoring component that engages scholars in peer-to-peer interactions, and nurtures relationships between scholars and faculty mentors.

NLN Jonas Scholars are selected by faculty in selected schools of nursing with a focus on nursing education research and mentored by scholars in the NLN | Chamberlain Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Funds include financial support for the scholars' research through the final year of doctoral study, as well as travel expenses to meetings with mentors at the NLN Education Summit. NLN Jonas Scholars in previous cohorts have since graduated and 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. Members of the newest cohort of NLN Jonas Scholars are:

  • Katie Bagley, MSN, RN, University of Northern Colorado
  • Sharon Coulter, MSN, RN, Southern University A&M
  • Megan Gross, MPH, BSN, RN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Tracy Scheirer, MSN, RN, CNE, Widener University
Complete information about the 2018 Education Summit, including online registration, may be found on the NLN wesbite.

About the National League for Nursing
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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