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Prestigious President's Award to Three Distinguished Nurse Educators at 2018 Education Summit

09/07/2018
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August 20, 2018

For Immediate Release Contact: Jane Calem Rosen
201-906-7339; janeruth515@gmail.com
National League for Nursing to Present Prestigious President's Award to Three Distinguished Nurse Educators at 2018 Education Summit
Washington, DC, August 20, 2018 — The NLN President's Award, the League's most prestigious honor, recognizes leaders who have been instrumental in advancing health care, as demonstrated by their years of service and distinctive accomplishments in nursing, nursing education, and related health care institutions and corporations. This year's recipients—Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN; Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, and Barbara Nichols, DNSc, (Hon) MS, RN, FAAN — "reflect that high stature," noted NLN president, G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, a professor and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Alexander will present the awards to Dr. Trent-Adams and Mrs. Nichols during Opening Ceremony at the NLN 2018 Education Summit in Chicago on Wednesday, September 12 and to Dr. Groenwald on Thursday, September 13, following the NLN CEO Address.

"I cannot think of more deserving role models and visionary leaders than the three chosen to be recognized this year," said Dr. Alexander.

RADM Trent-Adams, who will also deliver the Summit's Keynote Address, serves as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States. She was the acting U.S. Surgeon General from April through September 2017, becoming the first nurse named to that prestigious post. Previously, from 2013 to 2016, she was chief nurse officer, advising the Surgeon General's office and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on recruitment; assignment; deployment; retention; and career development of Corps nurse professionals. At HHS, she has worked to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities.

Dr. Groenwald, president emeritus of Chamberlain University, took the helm of its College of Nursing in 2006. Under her leadership, the school transitioned from a college to a university, growing from four hundred fifty students in one location to an enrollment of more than 31,000 on twenty-one campuses in fifteen states, offering five master's degree tracks, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. In 2017, following her successful seven-year initiative to transform Chamberlain's academic environment into a culture of care, the NLN published Dr. Groenwald's groundbreaking description of that process in her book, Designing & Creating a Culture of Care for Students and Faculty: The Chamberlain University College of Nursing Model. Dr. Groenwald also collaborated with the NLN on the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. This innovative partnership promotes scholarly research through grants and dissertation awards; the NLN research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives, and other publications; Scholarly Writing Retreats; and faculty development in evidence-based pedagogy that aligns education with national health care initiatives.

With four decades of experience in executive leadership and international initiatives in professional associations and related health organizations, Ms. Nichols has been a solid champion for diversity in its many forms and a leading advocate for ethnic minority inclusion in all aspects of the health professions. She first joined the Wisconsin Center for Nursing in Milwaukee as the agency's diversity coordinator before advancing to become its executive director, the role she occupies today. She is also a visiting associate professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing.

To read award recipients' full bios, please visit [URL TBD]. For complete information about the 2018 Education Summit, including online registration, visit here.


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.

Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
President Emeritus, Chamberlain University

Dr. Groenwald, president emeritus of Chamberlain University, took the helm of its College of Nursing in 2006. Under her leadership, the school grew from four hundred fifty students in one location to an enrollment of more than 31,000 on twenty-one campuses in fifteen states that now offers five master's degree tracks, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs. In 2017, she oversaw its transition to Chamberlain University, with the addition of a College of Health Professions, following her successful seven-year initiative to transform the academic environment into a culture of care. That process is detailed in Dr. Groenwald's groundbreaking book, Designing & Creating a Culture of Care for Students and Faculty: The Chamberlain University College of Nursing Model, which the NLN published in 2017. In 2012, Dr. Groenwald collaborated with the NLN to create the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. The innovative partnership promotes scholarly research through research grants and dissertation awards; the NLN research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives, and other publications; Scholarly Writing Retreats; and faculty development in evidence-based pedagogy that aligns education with national health care initiatives.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Groenwald served as director of operations for Focused Health Solutions, Inc.; founded, and for eighteen years, led a commercial barter company; worked as a clinical nurse specialist and director of the oncology nursing graduate program at Rush University in Chicago; and senior program director at the Illinois Cancer Council's Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. Her entrepreneurial accomplishments were recognized in 1999 by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which named her National Businesswoman of the Year, and by the US Chamber of Commerce, with its Blue Chip Enterprise Award. Dr. Groenwald has published numerous articles and textbooks, one of which — Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice — won the American Journal of Nursing Book Award. Dr. Groenwald is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education.


Barbara Nichols DNSc (hon) MS, RN, FAAN
Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Milwaukee

Barbara Nichols DNSc (hon) MS, RN, FAAN has vast experience in executive leadership and international initiatives. Her career spans four decades in leadership and policymaking positions in professional associations and related health organizations. Throughout, she has been a solid champion for diversity in its many forms and a leading advocate for ethnic minority inclusion in all aspects of the health professions. She first joined the Wisconsin Center for Nursing in Milwaukee as the agency's diversity coordinator before advancing to become its executive director, the role she occupies today. She is also a visiting associate professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing.

Ms. Nichols was previously CEO of CGFNS International, which specializes in credential evaluation, scope of practice standards, and licensure of nurses and health professionals worldwide. Retired from that position in 2011, she then served as a national diversity consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's cross-country initiative to implement recommendations contained in the Institute of Medicine Report: "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

She has also been a consultant on credentials assessment and diversity to the Office of Minority Health, and the US Departments of Labor, State, and Homeland Security. She was the first African American nurse in one hundred years to be elected president of both the American Nurses Association and of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

Ms. Nichols is the recipient of five Honorary Doctoral degrees and numerous awards for her pioneering work and sustained contributions to the delivery of health care in urban and rural settings. Most recently, she was the 2015 recipient of the City of Madison, Wisconsin's The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for her social justice advocacy.

She holds a baccalaureate in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; a master's of science in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is married, and the couple has identical twin sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren.


Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN
US Deputy Surgeon General

From April until mid-September 2017, Rear Admiral Trent-Adams served as the acting U.S. Surgeon General, which was the first time a nurse was named to that prestigious post. As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Trent-Adams advises and supports the U.S. Surgeon General in operating the Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the nation’s health. She was chief nurse officer from 2013 to 2016, advising the Surgeon General’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention; and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

At HHS, she has worked to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she shepherded the $2.3 billion Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in its funding of medical care, and support services for uninsured and underserved individuals living with HIV.

A more detailed biography is available at: https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/about/biographies/bio-dsg.html.
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