NLN Launches National Campaign to Celebrate National Nurses Month & Honor Nurse Educators

NLN Launches National Campaign to Celebrate National Nurses Month & Honor Nurse Educators

#BeyondANurseEducator Recognition Honors Nurse Educators Who Make a Difference along with Nurse Educators of the Year Awards at the 2022 NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing celebrates National Nurses Month with a nationwide online and radio public service announcement campaign highlighting the role of nurse educators in the health care system and promoting nursing education as a career path. In addition, the League will kick off the #BeyondANurseEducator social media campaign next week, which will promote and amplify the vital role that nursing education plays in advancing the nursing profession and patient care and in creating healthier communities. 

A centerpiece of the League’s year-long initiative, the Year of the Nurse Educator, #BeyondANurseEducator will feature authentic stories of nurse educators who have made a difference to students, novice nurses, colleagues, and nursing leadership.

A dedicated National Nurses Month web page on the Year of the Nurse Educator website invites nursing students, nurses, deans and directors of schools of nursing, and administrators in health and hospital systems to nominate a nurse educator for recognition. Beginning in May, the League will select nominees each month to feature on the website. Chosen honorees will likewise offer testimonials about who and what served as their inspiration to enter nursing education and the satisfaction they find in teaching and mentoring others. A series of NLN Nursing EDge blogposts and Nursing EDge Unscripted podcasts, also accessible on the League’s website and social media platforms, will continue throughout the campaign.

Up to five nurse educators from the pool of nominees will be honored with Nurse Educator of the Year Awards at the 2022 NLN Education Summit, September 28-30 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. 

“The Year of the Nurse Educator has provided the National League for Nursing with a perfect way to spotlight the essential contributions of nursing education to the broad, complex landscape of nursing and public health today,” said NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing. “We salute all of our nation’s nurses and the educators who have inspired them.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “We are proud to stand with our nursing colleagues and partner organizations in nursing, medicine, and public health in dedicating this month to honoring nursing as the most trusted profession in health care. Through our extensive program of professional development and support for scholarship, the National League for Nursing remains committed to doing all it can to advance excellence in nursing education to cultivate a diverse and inclusive nursing workforce prepared to deliver equitable, exceptional care to advance the health of the nation and the global community.”

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