Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Flight of the Phoenix: Regeneration and Renewal as We Strive for Excellence in Nursing Education

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Flight of the Phoenix: Regeneration and Renewal as We Strive for Excellence in Nursing Education

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Flight of the Phoenix, the theme for the NLN's Education Summit this past September, was an appropriate one, acknowledging the NLN's transformation. As nurse educators, it is important that we regenerate and renew ourselves with knowledge as we strive for excellence and experience the joy of being part of a diverse nursing education community.

Fifteen hundred nurse educators gathered for the Summit in Phoenix, eager to explore interprofessional teaching strategies, discuss innovative and adaptive curricula, celebrate individual and collective accomplishments, and strengthen networks and partnerships. In an inspirational keynote address, NLN Chief Executive Officer Dr. Beverly Malone focused on the transformation of nursing education for the 21st century. She told of the NLN's journey toward transformation - which she distinguished front change - and her vision for the future through purpose, power, and passion.

Bev alluded to the flight of the phoenix as she traced the evolution of the NLN mission, where nursing education and practice were brought together "to advance the nation's health" and "global community" was added to address international significance. The result is a renewed mission - our purpose - the promotion of excellence in nursing education "to build a strong and diverse workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community."

Our vibrant membership - 40,000 individual members, 1,200 agency members, and 26 state constituent leagues representing all types of nursing education programs - is the power that leads the transformation to excellence. Bev linked passion to the seven NLN Centers for Transformative Excellence, comprising transformative leadership, vulnerable populations, diversity and global initiatives, innovation in simulation and technology, assessment and evaluation, advancement of the science of nursing education, and academic and clinical transitions. Each of these centers, Bev tells us, continues to grow and evolve based on strong partnerships and member engagement.

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