National League for Nursing - Get Invovled
The NLN Ambassador Program
The NLN Ambassador Program engages our members in efforts to ensure that faculty
and educational leaders in all schools of nursing are kept informed
about the NLN’s programs, grant opportunities, and member
involvement initiatives. It serves as a mechanism for faculty to
have a voice about things of concern to them, to increase the NLN’s
visibility in all schools of nursing, and to enhance our role as
a leader in nursing education.
Selection of Ambassadors
All NLN members are invited to volunteer to serve as ambassadors.
Individuals who are willing to commit to fulfilling this role will
be appointed for a two-year term and may be re-appointed to additional
terms. In order to avoid confusion, each
school of nursing will have only one ambassador who is
encouraged to involve other NLN-member colleagues to promote the
NLN in their institution.
Ambassadors must be current members of the NLN upon appointment
to the role and must maintain active membership throughout their
terms. Preference will be given to Certified Nurse Educators or
members who have been actively involved in the NLN through service
on a committee or task group; service as a research grant reviewer,
Center of Excellence consultant, or any number of other roles.
Ambassadors must be able to communicate via email and electronic
communities; access to internal communications (e.g., newsletters)
at their schools and distribution lists of their full-time and part-time
faculty colleagues is helpful. Finally, ambassadors are expected
to commit to keeping current with NLN initiatives by using the NLN
website, reading all communications from the NLN, familiarizing
themselves with all NLN initiatives (e.g., certification, Centers
of Excellence program), and contacting NLN staff for clarification
and explanation as needed.
Responsibilities of Ambassadors
- Ensure that faculty colleagues receive all communications from
the NLN (e.g., NLN Member Update, Nursing Education Policy, the
FacultyDevelopment Bulletin, Nursing Education Perspectives table
of contents, Shaping the Future newsletter, RFPs, announcements
about surveys, voting, etc.).
- Encourage faculty colleagues to participate in NLN programs, apply
for research grants, submit abstracts for the Summit, submit manuscripts
to Nursing Education Perspectives, volunteer for task groups and
special committees, agree to run for elected positions, nominate
colleagues for awards, complete surveys, etc.
- Answer questions about NLN membership benefits, the relationship
between the NLN and NLNAC, and overall NLN initiatives.
- Help colleagues connect with the appropriate NLN staff person
regarding specific questions or concerns.
- Assist the NLN in maintaining accurate contact information for
full-time and part-time faculty in their institution.
- Assist the NLN in communicating with deans/directors groups in
their state or region.
- Forward to the NLN feedback about the organization or its programs.
- Forward to the NLN suggestions for programs, speakers, or future
- Forward to the NLN issues or concerns facing faculty as they implement
their role; such issues may be forwarded to advisory councils or
task groups for discussion, lead to the development of a position
statement or creation of a think tank, or result in educational
- Participate in conference calls, e-communities, or other mechanisms
to keep ambassadors informed and benefiting from one another’s
ideas for successful implementation of the role.
- Bring greetings on behalf of the NLN at co-sponsored programs
offered in their geographic area.
- Participate in the evaluation of the Ambassador Program
Responsibilities of the NLN
- Select and appoint ambassadors.
- Establish mechanisms that facilitate communication between ambassadors
and the NLN, as well as among ambassadors themselves.
- Provide ambassadors with materials about the NLN that help them
in the role.
- Communicate regularly with ambassadors.
- Acknowledge the contributions of ambassadors (as outlined below).
- Respond to ideas offered by ambassadors.
- Manage any issues that may arise related to implementation of
the Ambassador Program.
Acknowledgement of Ambassadors
- Each ambassador will receive a letter of appointment, signed
by the NLN president and CEO. Ambassadors are encouraged to list
this honor on their Curriculum Vitae
and consider it a contribution to a national professional association.
- Ambassadors will be listed in the Education Summit program
- NLN ambassadors will be invited to wear ribbons at the Education
Summit and all other NLN-sponsored or co-sponsored programs, indicating their
Appointment of Ambassadors
Each semester, NLN members in schools without an ambassador will be invited
to submit an interest form. Forms will be reviewed and appointments made in
April and November.
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