American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Names NLN 2022 Power of Associations Gold Award Winner

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Names NLN 2022 Power of Associations Gold Award Winner

Honor Earned for Vital Education Initiative Aiming to Improve Access to & Quality of Care for Communities of Color

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing has earned a coveted Power of Associations Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for Taking Aim: Addressing Structural Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Implicit Bias & Social Justice. This unique NLN initiative was conceived in collaboration with AMN® Healthcare and the Elsevier Foundation as a faculty development program created by experts in diversity and inclusion in nursing and nursing education.

“The National League for Nursing greatly appreciates the ASAE recognition with this award for the urgent need that the Taking Aim initiative represents: a strong call to action to impact change in health care for vulnerable populations,” said NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing. “Social determinants of health are widely understood to impact access to quality health care and the standard of care delivered. The National League for Nursing is leading nurse educators, nurses, and other stakeholders with our partner organizations to improve the quality of care for communities of color and other marginalized populations.” 

“With Taking Aim, we believe we are facilitating the necessary and difficult conversations in classrooms and in clinical educational settings about how to address the underlying structural racism, implicit biases, and other social injustices that society has long ignored,” said NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurse educators can be valued leaders in finding solutions to these challenges.”

Since its launch in 2021, Taking Aim has offered webinars, an interactive workshop, and online resources, as well as a scholarly writing retreat for racial and ethnic minority nurse educators to strengthen those skills. These vital teaching resources are intended to empower nurse educators to:

  • Become better informed about the impact of structural racism, diversity and inclusion, and equity on nursing education


  • Address the impact of structural racism on social determinants of health


  • Create a forum for nurse educators to openly dialogue about sensitive issues of bias and racism in nursing education and health care


  • Offer strategies for classroom and clinical instruction to best prepare students to encounter and defuse structural racism once they graduate and transition to practice 

“Congratulations to the National League for Nursing for exemplifying the impact associations have on the industries and professions they represent and on society at large,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “It’s always so incredibly satisfying to see associations going above and beyond their everyday mission to change the world. We’re very proud to spotlight this award-winning initiative.”

To learn more about the Taking Aim initiative, visit


About The Power of Associations Awards

ASAE’s Power of Associations Awards recognize the associations’ economic and societal contributions locally, nationally and globally. The Power of Associations Awards reward outstanding initiatives in five categories: Industry/Professional Advancement, Community Support and Engagement, Global Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Advocacy. ASAE will celebrate The Power of Associations Award winners during its annual Summit Awards Dinner on September 29, 2022, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

September 8, 2022


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