New York, NY - March 26, 2012 - Nurse educators from New York, upstate and
downstate, east to west, representing all types of nursing programs, from
diploma and associate through doctoral, have come together to form the
newest addition to the National League for Nursing Constituent League
family: the New York League for Nursing (NYLN).
The impetus for its launch came during the 2011 NLN Education Summit,
said Karin Pantel, MSN, RN, CNE, founding NYLN president and faculty member
at Sullivan County Community College. A core group then met in Syracuse
in January for an initial planning session with Tish Hess, MS, RN, director
of membership and recognition programs at the NLN whose portfolio includes
the constituent leagues.
As strategic planning for the NYLN gets underway, members have already
expressed opinions about what issues are of particular concern to nurse
educators in the state that can serve as immediate goals. Among them,
according to Ms. Pantel, is the need to make more nurse educators aware
of the content and implications of the groundbreaking report published
in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine, "The Future of Nursing: Leading
Change, Advancing Health." Said Ms. Pantel, "We would like to explore
and meet with the many vital organizations and commissions formed or forming
in New York State, to eliminate duplication, as nurse educators articulate
a cohesive educational strategy to achieve the changes advised by the
NYLN board member Lauren E. O'Hare, EdD, RN, an associate professor of
nursing at the Evelyn Spiro School of Nursing at Wagner College in New
York City, commented, "I believe that the New York league will give us
all an opportunity to have a clearer understanding of the IOM report and
its applicability to the many types and ways we educate nursing students.
As strategic planning continues, we are excited to enhance and promote
educational excellence. I am honored to be a part of the NLN family and
help effectuate change and collaboration among nurse educators."
Our NYLN Board of