NLN Announces 2023 Research Grants

NLN Announces 2023 Research Grants

Awards Presentation Will Be Held During the 2023 NLN Education Summit Near Washington, DC

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing proudly announces the winners of the annual competitive scholarly research grants program, administered by the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Formal presentation to the grant recipients will take place during the 2023 NLN Education Summit at National Harbor near Washington, DC.

NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at Michigan State University in Lansing, said, “On behalf of the NLN Board of Governors, we congratulate these exceptional scholars, who have demonstrated their commitment to educational research that serves as the vital link to a future nursing workforce that will transform health care.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “Educational research for all areas of the nursing profession and levels of higher education in nursing remain a top priority. As the first national nursing organization to fund nursing education research, the National League for Nursing has a unique responsibility to advance evidence-based, innovative scientific inquiry in pursuit of transformative excellence with daring ingenuity. We congratulate these worthy winners while thanking the dedicated scholars on the Research Grants Review Panel who make the tough selections from a competitive field of research grants applicants.”

2023 NLN Nursing Education Research Grant Winners

Dorothy Otto Research Award

Project Title: Deliberate Practice of Critical Nursing Skills and Assessment of Competencies: A Multi-Site Study

Ginger Schroers, PhD, RN, CNE; Susan Kilroy, PhD, RN, CHSE; Laura Klenke-Borgmann, PhD, RN, CHSE, and Kathryn Vanderzwan, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CHSE

Loyola University-Chicago, Temple University, University of Kansas, and University of Illinois at Chicago

Award: $29,404

Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award

Project Title: Effect of race on cultural humility following simulation telehealth case scenarios among second-degree nursing students: RCT

Ana Maria Kelly, PhD, RN, FAAN; Ashley Graham-Perel, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, MEDSURG-BC, CNE; Natalie Voigt, PhD, MPhil, MSN, RN, and Yihong Zhao, PhD

Columbia University School of Nursing

Award: $29,523

Nancy Langston Research Award

Project Title: Creating Alternative Clinical Experiences with Unfolding Simulations Using Artificial Intelligence

Laura Kubin, PhD, RN, CPN, CHES, CNE, CHSE, and Niki Fogg, PhD, RN, CPN, CHSE, CNE

Texas Woman's University

Award: $29,589

Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Research Award

Project Title: Teaching the social determinants of health to nursing students with culturally diverse simulation: A quasi-experimental controlled trial

Semiha Asli Bozkurt, PhD, RN, CHSE (doctoral candidate at time of submission)

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Award: $2,500

Mary Anne Rizzolo Simulation Doctoral Research Award

Project Title: Peer Collaborative Clinical Decision-Making in Nursing Simulation

Thye Peng Ngo, PhD, RN, MSN, FNP, CNE, CHSE, (doctoral candidate at time of submission)

Indiana University

Award: $2,500

Winners of Co-Sponsored Awards

NLN/Sigma Foundation for Nursing Diane Billings Research Award

Project Title: Care for People with Disabilities: Health Assessment and Promotion Simulation with Disability Content Inclusion for Pre-licensure Nursing Students

Eda Ozkara San, PhD, MBA, RN, CHSE, CTN-A, FNYAM

New York University

Award: $5,000

NLN/Eastern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award

Project Title: Effect of Virtual Reality on Empathy and Ageist Attitudes in Nursing Students         

Catherine Quay, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, Doctoral Candidate

Drexel University; Teachers College, Columbia University

Award: $2,500

NLN/Western Institute of Nursing Research Award

Project Title: Supporting Nursing Education Through a Global Understanding of Professional Identity Development  

Anita Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, AGNP, CNE

California State University, Long Beach

Award: $5,000

NLN/Southern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award

Project Title: Using Simulation to Evaluate the Association Between Clinical Judgment and Emotional Intelligence in Undergraduate Nursing Students      

Helen Mills, MSN, RN, PCCN-K, AHI, Doctoral Candidate

University of Central Florida

Award: $5,000

For more information about the 2023 NLN Education Summit, including registration, visit


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