Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing has chosen the New Jersey League for Nursing, one of its Constituent Leagues, to receive the coveted Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award this year. The award will be formally presented during an Honors Convocation at the League’s annual Education Summit, September 23-25, held virtually for the first time this year.
“Today, more than ever, the National League for Nursing has depended on state, regional and local leadership to support nurses and nurse educators on the frontlines of health care. While we face the challenges of a pandemic, along with demonstrable health care disparities reflecting the social determinants of health, innovative programming and other initiatives to support students and faculty are truly needed,” said 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.
Yoder-Wise added, “The New Jersey League for Nursing has been a role model in this regard, helping to spread the National League for Nursing’s message of sustained, inclusive, culturally sensitive educational excellence in the preparation of the next generation of nurses to deliver outstanding patient care, advancing, in particular, the health all New Jersey residents.”
Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award
NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “The National League for Nursing is enormously grateful to the New Jersey League for Nursing for its leadership in proactively boosting access to nursing education at a time when higher education is increasingly out of reach for so many deserving students. We applaud their vision and proudly present them with the Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award for 2020.”
Recognizes a league that has successfully implemented one or more innovations to support the NLN's mission and goals
New Jersey League for Nursing
In addition to offering excellent programming opportunities to its members, the New Jersey League for Nursing has expanded its grants and scholarships program to include 25 students at all levels of educational progression. Each of those students is eligible to receive up to $1,000, with one advanced degree candidate who pledges to join the state’s nursing workforce eligible for a $10,000 scholarship award. Thanks to the New Jersey League for Nursing, nursing students and nursing education have benefitted significantly from direct material support, as well as from the recognition of their value to health care in New Jersey.