| Dear Colleagues, |
Today is a red-letter day for the NLN, the launch day of the brand new, biweekly TEQ blog. As the new academic year begins and as you prepare your assignments and syllabi, take the time to read the blog’s first submissions and be part of NLN history: “Sim Beyond the Sim Lab,” “Challenges Facing Administrators – Rethinking Clinical Placements,” and “Future Ready Learning: Is Nursing Education Ready?”
If it’s not quite apparent, TEQ is the acronym for the NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology’s Technology Edge Quarterly, launched in June. The center is focusing efforts this academic year on developing resources to assist nurse educators to enhance teaching and learning through active engagement with technology – e-learning, telehealth, and informatics, as well as simulation. The newsletter and blog will work in tandem to bring ideas and best practices to faculty in all nursing education programs. I am really excited about these new offering.
As you know from the League’s recent vision statements – "A Vision for the Changing Faculty Role: Preparing Students for the Technological World of Health Care," “A Vision for Teaching with Simulation,” and “Debriefing Across the Curriculum" – we have long been committed to faculty excellence in using emerging technologies to reframe how nursing students are taught and how graduates engage with patients and caregivers in the connected age of health care. That commitment has taken many forms and is apparent in our many books and scholarly publications, including The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory. Importantly, it has also involved the hands-on development of simulation leaders. Our Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators is a vital branch of the NLN Leadership Institute (applications are open through September 30).
Nurturing simulation and technology experts is what we do, colleagues, and that has had the result of making the new TEQ blog possible. The TEQ Blog Editorial Advisory Board, which overseas the blog, consists of nurse educators who have been actively involved with the NLN through our various faculty development programs since the days of the Health Information Technology Scholars Program. At this time the NLN center is not taking outside contributors to the blog, but we hope you will respond with comments and questions and dialogue with authors. In fact, please respond – and share your new insights and learning with your fellow faculty. The opportunities to share ideas are endless.
A few words before I close, colleagues. First, I hope you saw the request from the Red Cross for volunteers to help those affected by the unprecedented flooding in Louisiana. The organization needs financial contributions as well, and I know you’ll be generous. My heart goes out to all of you who have been affected by this overwhelming disaster.
Second, the NLN is one of 25 national nursing organizations that have joined forces to offer a free online educational series from the CDC to combat the nation's opioid epidemic. The webinars in the series are a resource with continuing education credits for practicing nurses, faculty, and nursing students and are available as live broadcasts followed by archived recordings.
And a final word – thank you for helping me attain the rank of 39 in Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential in Health Care. This is not just a personal accomplishment, colleagues, it goes beyond that – primarily I feel that this recognition is for the League and our mission and for all nurse educators everywhere. By casting your vote, you helped show how vital we are together in building a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.
See you soon, colleagues, at the NLN Education Summit in Orlando. And have happy and safe Labor Day.
All best wishes,
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer