Widener Nursing Professor named fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education
Dr. Barbara Patterson, professor of nursing and director of the PhD. in nursing program at Widener University, was recently selected to be inducted as a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education.
"I am honored to be included as a member of such an elite group of nurse educators,” Patterson said. “The development of a nursing education is crucial for the advancement of the profession and, ultimately, patient care. In my academic position, I have the privilege of working with nursing doctoral students as they turn their theoretical insights into practical knowledge in the classroom and clinical settings. Together with my fellow nurse educators, I shall continue to work to increase the status and importance of all nurses."
Dr. Patterson is one of 12 nursing educators to be joining the academy, and she will join over 100 professionals, who have been inducted since inception of the program in 2007. According to the NLN the Academy of Nursing Education was created to foster excellence in nursing education. Fellows support the mission of NLN and assist in work that is required to prepare graduates from various types of programs. Dr. Patterson was selected through a competitive process. She portrayed herself as a leader in nursing in higher education.
This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Patterson,” said Deborah Garrison, dean of the
School of Nursing. “It is a true sign of recognition of her long-stand contributions
to nursing education.”
Dr. Patterson will be inducted to the academy this fall at the annual NLN Education Summit in Orlando, FL.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A doctorate-granting research university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.
Dedicated to excellence in education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy data and initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1200 institutional members.
For more information about the NLN Academy for Nursing Education, please visit www.nln.org/excellence/academy/index.htm or email email@example.com.
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