Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The End of a Presidency

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The End of a Presidency

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AS MY PRESIDENCY COMES TO AN END, I think back to four years ago when I became president-elect, just after 9/11. That year, the annual NLN Education Summit was also held in Baltimore, and attendance was remarkable considering the national tragedy that had just taken place. Much has happened during the past four years. Nursing continues to respond to the challenges of rapid and dramatic change in health care, and the NLN continues to work diligently to support nursing education and nursing faculty.

Serving as NLN president has been one of the highlights of my career. The NLN has been known as the nursing education organization for well over 100 years. Although in the 1990s we faced the challenge of changes in the landscape and ensuing financial difficulties, eight years of sound leadership by CEO Dr. Ruth Corcoran, our elected board of governors, and our competent and committed staff have brought us to the point of being once again financially sound and strong. Recognized as the organization supporting the work of faculty in all nursing programs, we remain focused on our mission of shaping the future of nursing education and our tradition of setting standards for excellence.

Major events in our lives will often lead us to consider a call to action that brings about growth and change. When I agreed to run for president, I realized that I would be one of the first NLN presidents who had not been a dean in a school of nursing. I was - and remain - a tenured professor at Emory University. However, in the early 1990s, I served as NLN director of accreditation. I wanted to continue to make a contribution to nursing education and help the NLN in our continued efforts to resolve issues related to structure and finance. Previous leaders had made valuable contributions, and I felt the need to support and continue their work.

Nursing education has been the focus of my career since 1976. My interest was sparked by a wonderful writer and consultant who is known to many nurse educators. …

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