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April 1 - NLN Member Update: New NLN Website and NLN Elections

 

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XVII, Issue Number 7


April 1, 2015

 

bevphotoDear Jo,

Today I am happy that it is April, and Mother Nature seems to be right on time with spring-like weather. Let’s hope Mother Nature is not playing an April Fool’s joke with the weather. We have good news to announce for the NLN, and no tricks are involved.

First, NLN elections are open. As a full-fledged member of the League, you are urged to vote for one president-elect, four members of the NLN Board of Governors, one NLN Nominations Committee member, and two members of the NLN CNE commission. We are fortunate to have outstanding candidates (bios and photos are available on the elections website) so voting should be a pleasure. (Yesterday’s email from the Nominations Committee gives detailed access instructions.) Do it today and remind your colleague to vote as well. The election closes on June 1 but you know as well as I how easy it is to let the time go by.

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April 11, 2015
NLN/Shoreline Community College CNE Prep Course

April 14, 2015
Managing Conflict in Organizations Webinar

April 15, 2015
Strategies to Apply QSEN Standards in the Clinical Setting Webinar

May 19, 2015
The Equity of Opportunity… Beyond the Rhetoric Webinar

May 30, 2015
NLN/Villanova CNE Prep Course

May 31, 2015
Summit First Early-Bird Pricing Ends

June 5-6, 2015
NLN New Faculty Intensive

2015 Scholarly Writing Retreats

 

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Have you checked out the new www.nln.org? Browse the redesigned homepage for upcoming NLN events, featured news, and an up-to-date calendar feed to stay current on NLN programming and activities.

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Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

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A CDC Snapshot: Diabetes in the United States

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Dr. Mary Wakefield Named Acting HHS Deputy Secretary

As you vote, please give some thought to putting your name forward, if you meet the position’s criteria, the next time we have a call for nominations. The good governance of the NLN and the exciting work we do together depend on your engagement and the ideas you bring to the table.

 

Now – drum roll, please – my second announcement for April Fools Day 2015: After months of planning, design, and development, we last week unveiled the beautifully redesigned NLN website: www.nln.org. And I couldn’t be more pleased.

 

What a challenge it is to design a website for an organization such as the NLN. We have so many things going on – with more than 500 pages of content and 1,000 documents – that it can be tricky to find what you are looking for. Knowing that, we created a sophisticated search mechanism at the top of every page along with an easily manageable Quicklinks feature. "Breadcrumbs" (a technical term) on each page will help you find where you are in the structure, and on the right side of many pages, there are links to related content that you will find useful. There is also extensive cross-linking so links to the same item can now be found in multiple locations.

 

In other words, what I am really saying is that as you use our newly redesigned website, you will find it much easier to get around and reach what you are looking for, in a user-friendly, intuitive way. And you will enjoy the esthetics of the website. Throughout, you’ll find new imagery such as photography, publication covers, and redesigned logos.

 

Most important, our new website is responsive. It will adapt to whatever display you are using, with pages optimized for any screen size. And for those of us of a certain age, there are small aids to improve usability, such as a font-increase button on the top of every page.

 

I will stop talking and let you explore. But before I close, I want to share one more exciting bit of news. A new post in the Nurse Educator Nurses Lounge lists the 30 most influential deans of nursing in the United States. Among them is Dr. Anne Bavier, NLN president-elect, who is dean at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing. Congratulations, Anne. Have a happy April, colleagues.

 

All best wishes,

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Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer

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