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Nursing Education Perspectives to Publish Special Themed Edition in Time for 2020 NLN Virtual Education Summit

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Nursing Education Perspectives to Publish Special Themed Edition in Time for 2020 NLN Virtual Education Summit

A Look Back After 10 Years at Groundbreaking IOM Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Annual Awards for ‘Best of NEP’ in 2019 Announced; Top Winners to be Recognized During NEP Summit Session

Washington, DC — When nearly a decade ago the Institute of Medicine published its report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, it generated a groundswell of discussion and debate. That triggered numerous national, state and regional initiatives to transform nursing education and practice for the dynamic, technology-driven health care environment of the 21st century. Nursing Education Perspectives (NEP), the scholarly peer-reviewed journal of the National League for Nursing, shines a critical lens on the years that followed in its special themed September-October 2020 edition.

“Access to Nursing Education Perspectives is a valuable benefit of membership in the National League for Nursing,” 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. “And, as at every annual Summit, participants will have a chance to meet NEP editors in real time and ask questions about the steps involved in publishing a scholarly article, from the idea stage through writing, peer review and eventual publication.”

NEP Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barbara J. Patterson, Research Briefs Editor Dr. Bette Mariani, Innovation Center Editor Dr. Donna Badowski, and Managing Editor Leslie Block will be streamed live during their virtual Summit session.

In their incisive Guest Editorial to the September-October issue, Drs. Susan B. Hassmiller, Audrey M. Beauvais and Teresa Shellenbarger ask, “Where Is Nursing and What Work Remains?” Reviewing a decade of progress they find significant increases in the baccalaureate-educated nursing workforce and in numbers of doctorally prepared advanced practice RNs; innovations in nursing residencies; pandemic-inspired creative approaches to online learning; technological advances in academic and clinical instruction; and a growing appreciation, made more so by COVID-19, of the social determinants of health and health inequities resulting from lack of access to quality care. Finally, the editors acknowledge the continuing push to recruit and retain a more diverse nursing workforce to better serve under-represented communities of color and historically vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and the frail elderly.

They conclude thus:

This past decade has seen a revolution in nursing education. As we look toward the future, priority must be placed on preparing nurses to address the health inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and in continuing to increase the diversity of the profession. By weaving the social determinants of health and population health concepts into the curricula, increasing the number of clinical placements in the community, and conducting research on their effectiveness in addressing health inequities, nurse educators can help to give everyone a fair and just opportunity for health.

Those interested may find the September-October 2020 issue posted on the journal’s website at, open access, in time for presentation and dialogue to be held during the 2020 NLN Virtual Education Summit, September 23-25. Along with original research articles and Research Briefs, the special issue will have a number of Innovation Center pieces published online-only, including several that support the goals of the IOM report.

“Best of NEP 2019” Lauded

Another highlight of the NEP Summit session will be the second annual recognition of the top winners of the ‘Best of NEP’ Awards. “While the standard for scholarship published in Nursing Education Perspectives is of the highest order, it is nonetheless appropriate to cite that which is most exceptional,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I urge everyone to review this outstanding and timely content from NEP’s 2019 volumes for its enlightening insights and inspirational guidance.”

Citations have been made in three categories:

• Main Article
Tamara McKinnon, Angela M. McNelis, Kathleen de Leon, Malinda Whitlow, & Joyce J. Fitzpatrick
Current State of International Clinical Experiences in US Prelicensure Nursing Programs
Sept/Oct, Vol. 40, No. 5

• Research Brief
Sharon Kumm and Delois Laverentz
A Nursing Partnership to Accelerate Academic Progression
Jan/Feb, Vol. 40, No. 1

• Innovation Center
Karen O. Ippolito
Cognitive Development: The Scaffold for Critical Thought
July/August, Vol. 40, No. 4

Others have been selected for Honorable Mention in each category:

• Main Article
Teresa Shellenbarger & Julie L. Decker
Understanding the Experiences of Nursing Student Veterans
Nov/Dec, Vol 40, No 6

Erin Horkey
Reasonable Academic Accommodation Implementation in Clinical Nursing Education: A Scoping Review
July/August, Vol 40, No 4

• Research Brief
Jodie C. Gary, Kevin Gosselin, Abigail Mulcahy, & Debra Wise Matthews
Meeting Texas Nursing Workforce Needs Through Recruitment and Retention Initiatives
Nov/Dec, Vol 40, No 6

Barbara J. Patterson, Brenda Elliott, & Katie A. Chargualaf
Discovering a New Purpose: Veterans’ Transition to Nursing Education
Nov/Dec, Vol 40, No 6

Katie Love
Empowered Holistic Nursing Education as the Philosophical Framework for an RN-BS Program: A Six-Year Impact Evaluation Study
Nov/Dec, Vol 40, No 6

• Innovation Center
Julie A. Vignato & Teresa Guinon
Health State: An Innovative Pilot Model Promoting Diversity in Nursing Education
Jan/Feb, Vol 40, No 1

Louise C. O’Keefe, Lori Lioce, Anna Benton, Tracie Morgan, & Marsha H. Adams
Successfully Incorporating Interprofessional Education in a Nonacademic Health Sciences Center
Nov/Dec, Vol 40, No 6

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