Inducted into the Academy of Nurse Education Fellows
RuthAnne Kuiper Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF
School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Services
The Academy of Nursing Education was established by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. Fellows support the mission of the NLN, assist in the work required to prepare graduates from all types of nursing programs, and serve as resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nursing faculty. The purpose of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education is to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in and outside the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways. Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy, and to support the vision of the National League for Nursing.
As in years past, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel considered many applications to take account applicants' contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships. Applicants for fellowship in the Academy of Nursing Education must provide evidence of how they will continue to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy. Twelve distinguished nurse educators joined the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education when they were inducted as fellows at the 2011 NLN Education Summit this fall in Orlando, Florida. This fifth class of fellows brings the total number since the establishment of the academy in 2007 to 117, selected through a competitive application process. They represent leaders in nursing education from nursing programs across the higher education spectrum and from other organizations committed to health care. "We are proud of the vision, talent, wisdom, and experience this cohort of fellows brings to the academy," said Cathleen M. Shultz, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, the president of the NLN. "Through their accomplishments, which we publicly recognize by conferring the coveted ANEF credential, they truly embody the NLN's goal to promote excellence in nursing education to advance the nation's health".