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NLN Announces NLN Award Winners for 2020

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NLN Announces NLN Award Winners for 2020

Named Awards Honor Historic Figures in Nursing Education
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing Awards, named for three luminaries in nursing education, will be presented at the NLN 2020 Virtual Education Summit, part of a special Honors Convocation on Friday, Sept. 25. The annual NLN Awards honor individuals and organizations of stature and distinction within nursing education and the wider stage of American health care.

“The National League for Nursing Awards are always a highlight of the Honors Convocation, and even in this unusual Summit, these honorees are no exception,” said 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. “Our gratitude also goes to the dedicated individuals on the NLN Awards Committee who choose the most deserving winners from a competitive field.”

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “I extend congratulations to the 2020 winners on behalf of all of us at the National League for Nursing. Although this year, regrettably, I cannot personally shake their hands, I will extend a virtual thumbs up in celebration of their outstanding achievements that we honor along with peers and colleagues in the nursing education community.”

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

Laura Adrian Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

With more than 26 years in the transplant nursing community, and 34 years in nursing education, Dr. Laura Adrian Taylor has earned national and international recognition as a strong leader who shapes practice, policy and education. She offers disruptive instructional approaches to research intensive universities that value interprofessional collaboration and education to drive the imaginative integration of IT with the science of nursing and nursing education. Laser focused on improving care outcomes, she guided the design and implementation of innovative information technologies to ensure that nurses around the world had access to current resources on a wide variety of technology platforms.

The Uniformed Services University motto of commitment to “learning to caring for those in harm’s way” has inspired Dr. Taylor in multiple ways that, taken together, have fostered her work to provide high quality, safe patient care and to guide global change within numerous health care educational settings, aligning with Ms. Nutting’s legacy to strive for meaningful educational and health care policy reform.

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

Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, ANP, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Eileen Stuart-Shor received her BSN from Saint Anselm College, MSN as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Nurse Practitioner from Boston College, and a Doctorate in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She completed a National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Currently she is a Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Nurse Practitioner at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Stuart-Shor’s clinical work, teaching and scholarly research arefocused on health as a human right, nurse-led models for improving patient-centered outcomes for underserved populations, and building capacity for high quality, safe health care in under-resourced countries. This work began when, as a new graduate nurse, she co-founded a nurse-led clinic for the homeless in Boston that became a national model, which now spans two continents, extending from underserved neighborhoods in the U.S. to Africa.

Her work is premised on valuing meaningful clinical/academic/service partnerships that are reciprocal and accrue bi-directional benefits. Through such transnational partnerships, Dr. Stuart-Shor has collaborated with colleagues in the U.S. and Africa to generate new ideas and models of care that promote improved access to universal health care and to challenge students across the curriculum to extend their thinking to include health as a human right. Dr. Stuart-Shor has received local, national and international recognition for her contributions to health equity and has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and one book.

The NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award

William E. Rosa, PhD, MBE, NP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. William E. Rosa is a Psycho-Oncology Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Rosa received his BSN magna cum laude from the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing; was valedictorian of his MSN class at CUNY-Hunter College; and earned his PhD and Master of Bioethics as an RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2020). Dr. Rosa spent one year with the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda, East Africa, contributing to the curriculum content for the first master’s-prepared nursing cohort in that country.

He is the editor of three books on leadership, global health and theory-guided practice and has contributed to more than 130 publications in a host of diverse forums. Dr. Rosa has been recognized with numerous scholarly distinctions and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing and as a board member for several global health and palliative care initiatives. Dr. Rosa was recently selected as a 2020 International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership Institute Scholar and is lead researcher for an international policy report sponsored by the World Innovation Summit for Health - Nurses for Health Equity: Guidelines for Tackling the Social Determinants of Health (to be released spring 2021).

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

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