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National League for Nursing Makes Annual Research Grants Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

September 6, 2019

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Michael Keaton
National League for Nursing Makes Annual Research Grants Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

Awards Will Be Presented at 2019 NLN Education Summit
September 26–28
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing continues awarding competitive scholarly research grants for another year, under the banner of the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Funding is provided by the NLN and through endowments and donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education. The formal presentation will take place during the 2019 NLN Education Summit on Friday, September 27, following the CEO Address.

NLN Foundation Chair Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN, chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare, said, "The NLN Foundation is dedicated to supporting excellence in nursing education through evidence-based, innovative scientific inquiry. Research grants and dissertation awards are an excellent strategy for facilitating the scholarly pursuits of those who choose doctoral education."

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, "The establishment of the NLN/Chamberlain Center in 2012 ensured there would be positive change to nursing education research for all sectors of the profession and levels of higher education. Nurse educators committed to discipline-specific pedagogy are the vital link to a future nursing workforce that will transform patient care, advancing national and global health."

2019 NLN Research Grant Recipients

Dorothy Otto Research Award
The Effect of Embedding Cognitive Rehearsal Training in High-Fidelity Simulation with Baccalaureate Students During the Transition to Nursing Practice
  • LisaMarie Wands, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, Emory University School of Nursing
  • Carrie McDermott, PhD, RN, CNS, ACNS-BC and Noreen Bernard, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, Emory Healthcare
  • Laura P. Kimble, PhD, RN, FNP-C, CNE, FAAN, Emory University School of Nursing
Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award
Organizational Skill Development Using Simultaneous Multiple Patient Simulation
  • Heiddy DiGregorio, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CHSE, CNE, University of Delaware; Villanova University Doctoral Program
Nancy Langston Research Award
Building Psychological Capital, Communication Competence, and Authentic Leadership through Simulations with Baccalaureate Nursing Students
  • Christine Wynd, PhD, RN and Carla Nye, DNP, RN, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award
Measuring the Impact of Training on the Use of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning: Faculty and Student Outcomes
  • Cynthia Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, University of Minnesota
  • Brandon Kyle Johnson, PhD, RN, CHSE, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN and Aimee Woda, PhD, RN, BC, Marquette University
  • Jamie Hansen, PhD, RN, CNE, Carroll University
  • Ann Loomis, PhD, RN, CNEcl, Purdue University
NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Award
Targeting and Prioritizing Gaps in Nursing Informatics Education: An Evaluation of Student and Faculty Competence and Employer Expectations
  • Andrew Phillips, PhD, RN and Margie Sipe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing
Co-sponsored Research Grants:

NLN/Eastern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award
Nursing Student Perceptions of Academic and Clinical Integrity
  • Christine A. Devine, MS, RN, Fitchburg State University; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Doctoral Program
NLN/Southern Nursing Research Society Research Award
Acculturation into the Profession of Nursing: The Lived Experiences of Hispanic/Latinx Baccalaureate Nursing Students
  • Lisa Kim Woodley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHPN, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Greensboro Doctoral Program
NLN/Sigma Foundation for Nursing Research Award
Comparison of Learning with Virtual-Reality Simulation Versus Mannequin-Based Simulation to Roadmap the Role of Physical and Digital Simulated Experiences in Nursing Education
  • Ilana Dubovi, RN, PhD and Igal Plakht, RN, PhD, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
2019-20 Jonas Scholars — Tenth Cohort

The NLN Jonas Scholars Program was established in 2010 through generous funding from the Jonas Philanthropies. 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 chosen 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:
  • Nichole Butler, RN, MSN, Widener University
  • Julie Fitzwater, MNE, RN, CNRN, CNE, University of Northern Colorado
  • Ginger Schroers, MS, RNC-MNN, CNE, Villanova University
  • Cristen Walker, MSN, FNP-C, CCRN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
For complete information about the 2019 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, visit

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