NLN to Honor Two Nursing Education Leaders with the President’s Award

NLN to Honor Two Nursing Education Leaders with the President’s Award

WGU Dean Emerita Jan Jones-Schenk & Environmental Health Advocate Barbara Sattler Both Celebrated for Their Achievements

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing has named two prominent nurse educators as the winners of the 2022 NLN President’s Award. This distinctive honor is reserved for outstanding leaders in nursing education whose lifetime career achievements merit widespread public acclaim.

Jan Jones-Schenk, D.HSc, RN, N.E.-BC. FAAN, FAADN, and Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, will be honored during the 2022 NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas. Dr. Jones-Schenk is Executive Dean Emerita of the College of Health Professions at Western Governors University who recently retired as senior vice president and executive dean after 14 years in positions of leadership. Dr. Sattler is founder of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She will also deliver the keynote address at this year’s Summit, Human and Planetary Healing. Dr. Sattler is a leader at the front of the battle to wake up the health professions to our role in addressing climate change as a public health issue.

NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing said, “It is hard to overstate the contributions of these two outstanding professionals to nursing, nursing education, and public health, reflected in their decades of leadership in education, health care, and advocacy.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “Jan Jones-Schenk and Barbara Sattler have proven to be inspiring mentors, visionary scholars, trusted colleagues, and cherished friends with an unflagging dedication to excellence and evidence-based transformative change to advance the practice of nursing and public health.”

Jan Jones-Schenk, D.HSc, RN, N.E.-BC. FAAN, FAADN

A national expert on competency-based education and the science of learning, Dr. Jones-Schenk had more than 95,000 graduates of Western Governors University complete their degrees during her tenure leading the College of Health Professions. She designed and launched the school’s first competency-based pre-licensure BSN program and led graduate and undergraduate health professions programs in nursing and other health professions. They included the first BS in Health Services Coordination and certificate programs in Chronic Care Coordination and Behavioral Health Care Coordination.

To facilitate increased access to educational opportunities for rural communities, she pioneered the use of virtual reality assessments of students enrolled in these programs. Dr. Jones-Schenk also led the development of nursing graduate programs for Family Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Both nursing programs have twice been recognized as NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education, most recently in 2021.

Dr. Jones-Schenk holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and is a Board-Certified Nurse Administrator. She earned her doctorate in health sciences with an emphasis on global health.

Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN

An international leader in environmental health and nursing, Dr. Sattler is a professor emeritus in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. She is a founding and current Board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an organization that is helping to integrate environmental health, including climate change, into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy.

She has been an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health. She has been the Principal Investigator on a host of grants from the Health Resources Service Administration, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she helped to bring local, sustainable, healthy foods to Maryland’s hospitals.

She is the author of Environmental Health and Nursing and many peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Sattler is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

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August 16, 2022


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