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National League for Nursing Announces NLN Award Winners for 2019

August 9, 2019

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Michael Keaton
National League for Nursing Announces
NLN Award Winners for 2019

Named Awards Honor Historic Figures in Nursing Education

Celebration Will Take Place at NLN 2019 Education Summit
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing Awards, named for three champions of nursing education, will be presented at the NLN 2019 Education Summit in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, part of a special Honors Convocation on Saturday, September 28. The annual NLN Awards honor individuals and organizations of stature and distinction within nursing education and the wider stage of American health care.

"The recipients of the National League for Nursing Awards are always a highlight of the Honors Convocation and recognizing these shining stars in our midst is a true joy," said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, professor and former associate vice chancellor/chief diversity officer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I'd like to express appreciation to the dedicated individuals on the NLN Awards Committee who met the challenge to choose the most deserving winners from a competitive field."

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, "I extend congratulations to the 2019 winners and look forward to personally shaking their hands as they are formally recognized before the entire nursing education community this fall."

The NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award
For Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education

Barbara Alice Anderson, DrPH, MPH, MS, BSN, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Dr. Barbara A. Anderson, Professor Emerita, Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, was lead editor of the first and second editions of Best practices in midwifery: Using the evidence to implement change (2013, 2017), lead editor of DNP capstone projects: Exemplars of excellence in practice (2015), co-editor of editions 2 through 5 of Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives in nursing theory, research, and practice (2008, 2012, 2016, 2019), and lead editor of The maternal health crisis in America: Nursing implications for advocacy and practice (2019). She has a long career in nursing, public health, and nurse-midwifery, nursing education at all levels, mentorship, program planning, curriculum development, academic administration, and global consultation and field work. She is a referee for Social Science & Medicine and the International Journal of Childbirth and the 2018 winner of the media award from the American Association of Birth Centers.

The NLN Isabel Hampton Robb Award
For Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice

Nancy Elaine Sabol Edwards, PhD, MSN, ANP-BC, FAANP

Dr. Nancy Edwards, a professor at Purdue University School of Nursing in West Lafayette, Indiana, is also assistant head for graduate programs and program director for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. Edwards' clinical practice demonstrates a longstanding dedication to improving patient outcomes and enhancing care. Her current practice incorporates real-life experiences to educate nurse practitioner (NP) students in evidenced-based care. She provides care to underserved individuals in a Federally Qualified Health Center one day a week where she has actively precepted 82 NP students over the past 11 years. Dr. Edwards has established several academic/clinical partnerships where clinical practice informs education and education informs practice, resulting in over $9 million in program development funding. She has led educational innovations that promote health systems analysis, quality initiatives to improve care delivery, and enhancement of mental health competencies in primary care providers.

The NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, FAAN (Hon.), ANEF (Hon.)

Dr. Daniel B. Oerther, a figure of international renown, serves as professor of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, and director of the Missouri Center for Science Diplomacy Lab there. A science diplomat, social entrepreneur, and professor of environmental health, his humanitarian efforts include Global Research on WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) to Eliminate Childhood Stunting (GRoWES). Founded in Guatemala and replicated in Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, GRoWES is a nursing-inspired program of care and interventions that impact costs, improve healthcare quality, and enhance consumer satisfaction among mothers and their children — during the first 1,000-days of life and up to age five years old — in developing communities where stunting is prevalent. For his sustained superior achievements contributing to the advancement of nursing and healthcare at the global level, Dr. Oerther was inducted as a lifetime honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau as well as a lifetime honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellows. Professor Oerther earned his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE), and he is board certified by and incoming president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Dr. Oerther's awards include the Jefferson Science Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State; Fulbright Scholar awards to India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom; and the Superior Achievement award for "Improved water quality in Ixcan, Guatemala" from the AAEES.

For complete information about the 2019 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, visit

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