National League for Nursing Announces 2012 NLN, Hearst Foundations, and Constituent League Awards; Presentations at NLN Education Summit, September 19-22, Anaheim, CA

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The NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education, the first NLN-Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award, and the NLN Constituent League Leadership Awards will be presented on Friday morning, September 21.

"The NLN takes great pride in presenting these much deserved awards to colleagues and programs producing rigorous scholarship and setting the standards of practice throughout the field of nursing education. NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone

The NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education, the first Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award, and the Constituent League Leadership Awards will be presented on Friday morning, September 21 at the annual NLN Education Summit, the League announced today.

Following up its announcement last month of the winners of the NLN President's Award, the National League for Nursing has named the recipients of other 2012 NLN awards that recognize professional accomplishments. Additionally, the NLN will honor a school of nursing selected through a separate, new competitive awards program in geriatric nursing education.

The four-day 2012 NLN Education Summit, September 19-22 in Anaheim, California is a much anticipated opportunity for nurse faculty, deans, and administrators of nursing schools across the spectrum of higher education along with health care executives and educators in allied organizations to hear from the experts in seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and poster sessions, as well as to engage in professional networking.

Said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN: "The NLN takes great pride in presenting these much deserved awards to colleagues and programs producing rigorous scholarship and setting the standards of practice throughout the field of nursing education. I look forward to personally congratulating them in the presence of their peers."

Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor and dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, and Patricia S. Yoder- Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, ANEF, dean emerita and professor emerita of the Health Sciences Center School of Nursing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, will each take home the NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education. The NLN Awards ceremony will take place following the CEO Summit Address on Friday morning, September 21, as will the announcement of this year's Constituent League Leadership Awards and the Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award.

Each year, in two distinct categories, the NLN recognizes local leaders of constituent leagues who go the extra mile for their state, the NLN, and the nursing education community. Donna Boland, PhD, RN, ANEF, from the Indiana League for Nursing, an associate professor emeritus at Indiana University School of Nursing, will receive the Outstanding Leadership of a Constituent League Award. The Innovative and Effective Membership Recruitment Award goes to the Iowa League for Nursing.

The NLN will present the inaugural Hearst Foundations Award to College of the Desert of Palm Desert, California for demonstrating exceptional integration of the innovative ACES (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) curriculum and resources, reflecting the high priority NLN has placed on preparing the nursing workforce to improve the quality of care delivered to older adults, a growing segment of today's patient population.

The web-based ACES program, whose expansion was made possible by a generous $1.2 million multi-year Hearst Foundations grant, was developed in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia, with support from the John A. Hartford and Independence Foundations and Laerdal Medical. Nursing schools became eligible to receive the Hearst Foundations Award by participating in one of the Hearst-funded state workshops held in the past year to provide guidance to faculty in teaching geriatrics, utilizing ACES: Essential Nursing Actions as a guide. "We are delighted to recognize the College of the Desert whose faculty applied lessons learned in the Hearst Foundations-funded workshop held in the state of California to create innovative experiences for students," remarked Paul "Dino" Dinovitz, executive director of the Hearst Foundations.

College of the Desert Elderly Care and Aged Relevancy Endeavor (CODE CARE) is a comprehensive program that utilizes the ACES unfolding cases as well as electronic medical records and role playing to introduce students to key health care issues for older adults. The two lead faculty who will accept the award from the NLN and Hearst Foundations on behalf of the college, Betty Baluski, MEd, BSN, RNC and Linda Murphy, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, will also participate in a pre-Summit panel on Wednesday, September 19, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, to share their ACES-related innovations in geriatric nursing education. Ms. Baluski, assistant professor and coordinator of the Simulation Skills Lab, noted that her goal is to "ensure a better-prepared student for future health care needs."

"All these individuals and programs represent the NLN's unwavering commitment to its four core values — caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. We are thrilled to bestow this public recognition on them," said Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, president of the NLN.

Visit the NLN website for additional information about the Education Summit.

Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact NLN chief communications officer Karen R. Klestzick at 212-812-0376.

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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members who represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education.

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