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Jenkins Inducted as Fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education

September 23, 2014

Academy recognizes contributions of nurse educators for excellence in nursing education.

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that Louise S. Jenkins, PhD, RN, professor and Director of the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions, has been inducted as a Fellow of  the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. New fellows were inducted at the NLN’s Annual Education Summit, held recently in Phoenix, Ariz.

Jenkins is one of 20 nurse educators selected to join the Academy’s 169 fellows representing nursing programs across the academic spectrum and from other organizations across the United States. As a newly-named fellow, Jenkins has been lauded for her contributions to faculty development in Maryland and surrounding areas. She has been instrumental in the development and operation of the Institute for Educators, a statewide center for achieving excellence in nursing education that prepares new educators and supports current nurse faculty members. This work addresses aspects of nursing faculty shortages and produces outcomes that significantly impact nursing education.     

“I am very honored to be selected as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education for my contributions to nursing education,” Jenkins said. “It has been very satisfying to work with exceptional educators and leaders throughout Maryland in achieving shared goals for preparation and ongoing support of highly-qualified nursing faculty. I am fortunate to work in an area where we are truly making a difference in the quality of preparation of nursing faculty, and ultimately future and current nurses.” 

Established in 2007 by the NLN, the Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. Fellows provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy of Nursing Education, and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators. 

“Dr. Jenkins’ contributions to the University of Maryland School of Nursing and nursing education have been invaluable. Her visionary leadership is remarkable and is certainly worthy of national recognition,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is gratifying to see Dr. Jenkins honored for her tireless efforts in the field of nursing.”

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.