National League for Nursing to Present Prestigious President’s Awards at Education Summit

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NLN president Anne R. Bavier, has selected two deserving recipients: Sheila Dinotshe Tlou and Pam Thompson. Dr. Bavier will present both awards at the Opening Session of the 2016 NLN Education Summit on Wednesday, September 21.

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"Both of these outstanding individuals have been at the forefront of our profession. They epitomize leadership, illustrated by their lifelong service and distinctive accomplishments.” NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone

The NLN President’s Award recognizes leaders in health care who are exemplars of the NLN’s core values of excellence, integrity, caring and diversity, individuals who have dedicated their life’s work to advancing the health of the nation and of the global community.

This year, NLN president Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, has selected two deserving recipients: Sheila Dinotshe Tlou and Pam Thompson. Dr. Bavier will present both awards at the Opening Session of the 2016 NLN Education Summit on Wednesday, September 21.

As director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg, Dr. Tlou is uniquely positioned to offer an introduction to the theme of the 2016 Summit: Beyond Boundaries, with a focus on global health policy and solutions to challenges. In her current role, she provides leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS and ensures technical support to United Nations teams in 21 countries. Her pioneering work has earned her the coveted designation of United Nations Eminent Person for Women, Girls, and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.

“Throughout your career you have worked tirelessly to increase community awareness of HIV and AIDS in Botswana….Your efforts have had a vital impact on educating families on HIV prevention, on caring for people living with AIDS, and on human rights,” Dr. Bavier wrote to Dr. Tlou in a letter detailing the selection.

As AONE CEO and senior vice president nursing/chief nursing officer of the American Hospital Association for 16 years before her recent retirement, Ms. Thompson addressed issues specific to strengthening the health care workforce and the redesign of patient care delivery. Prior to joining AONE, Ms. Thompson had a long, distinguished career in nursing leadership and health care policy in her home state of New Hampshire and on the national level. In addition to serving as vice president of Children’s Hospital Obstetrics, Psychiatric Services and Strategic Planning at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she held leadership roles at the National Patient Safety Foundation and was a founding member of the Behavioral Health Network in New Hampshire, also serving as the network’s board chair.

Noting that it is especially fitting to publicly recognize Ms. Thompson as she retires from the leadership of AONE, in a letter to her, Dr. Bavier wrote: “You have played a pivotal role in AONE’s development of emerging nurse leaders, your efforts aimed at preparing the next generation to meet future practice needs. You have led an invaluable organization that has advanced nursing practice and patient care, promoted nursing excellence, and shaped public policy for health care.”

“On behalf of the NLN, I applaud Anne’s choices for this year’s NLN President’s Award,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. Both of these outstanding individuals have been at the forefront of our profession. They epitomize leadership, illustrated by their lifelong service and distinctive accomplishments.”

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 more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

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