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NLN Announces Annual Research Grants Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

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NLN Announces Annual Research Grants Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

Awards Will Be Presented at 2020 NLN Virtual Education Summit in September
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing proudly continues with its competitive scholarly research grants program 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 League and through endowments and donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education. Formal presentation will take place during the 2020 NLN Education Summit, this year in a first-ever virtual format, September 23-25.

NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group said, “The National League for Nursing is proud of its tradition as the first national nursing organization to fund nursing education research. The League’s unique role reflects the core values—integrity, caring, diversity/inclusion, and excellence—that elevate evidence-based, innovative scientific inquiry in pursuit of transformative excellence in nursing education. The work of these deserving scholars will undoubtedly prove more valuable than ever in a pandemic-plagued world and a society challenged by social inequities and racial disparities that is seeking guidance from the most sophisticated health care models and methodologies at hand.”

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “The establishment of the NLN/Chamberlain Center in 2012 ensured ongoing 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 the health of our nation and the global community.”

2020 NLN Research Grant Recipients

Dorothy Otto Research Award
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN
The College of New Jersey
National Study of Quality, Safety, and Just Culture in Pre-licensure Nursing Education

NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Award
Kelly Powers, PhD, RN, CNE
Jamie Brandon, DNP, RN, CNE
Colette Townsend-Chambers, DNP, RN, CHSE

University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Teaming Up for Community Health: Mixed Methods Study of an Innovative Interprofessional Simulation Intervention

Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award
Ginger Schroers, MS, RNC-MNN, CNE
Loyola University; Villanova University Doctoral Program
Realistic Interruptions during Simulated Medication Administration: An Examination of Errors and Interruption Management Strategies

Co-Sponsored Grants

NLN/Eastern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award
Kristen McLaughlin, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Drexel University; Widener University Doctoral Program
Development and Initial Validation of an Instrument Measuring Role-Specific Knowledge in Academic Nurse Educators

NLN/Southern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award
Candice Overholser, EdD, RN
College of Coastal Georgia; University of West Georgia Doctoral Program
Seamless Academic Progression for Associate Degree Nursing Students

Complete information about the 2020 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, can be found at

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, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at
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