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Nursing Education Perspectives to Publish Special Themed Edition & Inaugurate Annual Awards for 'Best of' Content

September 13, 2019

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Michael Keaton
Nursing Education Perspectives to Publish Special Themed Edition & Inaugurate Annual Awards for 'Best of' Content

September–October NEP Will Spotlight Global Nursing Education
Washington, DC — Nurse educators involved in global nursing education will attest that this vital field is filled with purpose, passion, and potential in the September–October edition of Nursing Education Perspectives (NEP). Published by the National League for Nursing, NEP's special themed issue will be distributed in print at the 2019 NLN Education Summit, September 26–28, in Metropolitan Washington, DC's, National Harbor, as well as

Additionally at this year's Summit, NEP will unveil its innovative awards initiative by announcing First Place and Honorable Mention winners for the Best of 2018 articles published in the journal in three editorial categories: Feature-length Article; Research Brief; and Innovation Center. The winners are listed below.

"One of the wonderful benefits of National League for Nursing membership is a subscription to Nursing Education Perspectives, with its consistently rigorous scholarship, providing timely user-friendly data and analyses," 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. "Through this new recognition program, the editors want to give National League for Nursing members the opportunity to revisit some of that outstanding content."

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, applauded NEP for focusing on a singular area of scholarly inquiry each year in time for the Summit, where it may be thoroughly explored within the context of a professional conference.

"Once again, Nursing Education Perspectives proves its value to National League for Nursing members and the entire nursing education community, with this comprehensive, thought-provoking look at global nursing education, from a review of an NLN initiative in China to a national survey of deans and directors to gauge the scope and value of international clinical experience in pre-licensure programs. Special thanks to guest editors Drs. Angela M. McNelis and Tamara McKinnon who have assembled a stellar lineup of articles, co-authored by leading scholars in the United States and their international partners," said Dr. Malone. "They have expertly detailed the rewards and challenges of global nursing education in today's dynamic, culturally sensitive health care environment."

Dr. McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE, FAAN, professor and associate dean for scholarship, innovation, and clinical science at the George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington, DC, and Dr. McKinnon, DNP, RN, APHN, professor and director of the ALIGHT Program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, write in their guest editorial of one concerning conclusion to emerge: "Challenges that prevent many from engaging in this area of education, research, and scholarship," including, "Difficulties developing and sustaining partnerships; lack of evidence-based pedagogical strategies, a framework to guide curricula, and the means to measure student learning; and confusion surrounding how or if international clinical experiences (ICE) can be used for required clinical hours."

Among the main themes covered in the series of studies and articles:
  • Establishing partnerships/exploring shared values
  • Strategies for addressing major barriers to international clinical experiences
  • Measuring impact of global learning experiences
  • Defining global nursing through the study of nurses' roles and tasks in multiple countries
  • Integrating cultural competence into curricula
  • Nursing Global Health Competencies Framework in the development of competencies and curricula
Drs. McNelis and McKinnon continue: "Despite the great work being done, as exemplified in this special issue, this area of research and scholarship remains distressingly scant. The evidentiary base must be greatly increased to provide the necessary guidance and support to schools of nursing and faculty as they engage in the endeavor to educate and develop true global citizens."

In addition to print copies available at the 2019 Education Summit, Nursing Education Perspectives may be found on the journal's website at, where the September–October edition and Best Article honorees will be posted open access for a limited period of time.

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

NEP Award Winners

Main Article

Universal Design for Instruction in Nursing Education: An Integrative Review by Janet A. Levey

Honorable Mention
Failing to Fail in Undergraduate Nursing: Understanding the Phenomenon by Angie Docherty

Types of Faculty Incivility as Viewed by Students in Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs by Heidi Kathleen Holtz, Susan M. Rawl, and Claire Draucker

Research Briefs

The Student Experience with Varying Immersion Levels of Virtual Reality Simulation by Sharon L. Farra, Sherrill J. Smith, and Deborah L. Ulrich

Honorable Mention
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Visual Narrative Illustrations Used to Teach Pathophysiology to Undergraduate Nursing Students by Mohamed EL Hussein, Vincent Salyers, and Joseph Osuji

Evaluation and Student Perceptions of an OB Boot Camp Simulation for Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Mixed-Methods Approach by Cynthia S. Crews and Lisa C. Minor

Innovation Center

Mindsets May Matter in Nursing Education by Cheryl A. Williams

Honorable Mention
Nursing Humanities: Teaching for a Sense of Salience by Fidelindo Lim and Matthew John Marsaglia

Development of a Clinical Peer Review Tool by John Lundeen, Rebecca Warr, Cynthia Cortes, Frankie Wallis, and Jennifer J. Coleman

Using a K-W-L Chart to Bridge the Theory-Practice Gap by the late Deborah A. Raines

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