| Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing Constituent League Awards will be presented during the Honors Convocation at the 2021 NLN Education Summit, September 23-25 near Washington, D.C. The Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes a League that has successfully implemented one or more innovation to support the NLN's mission and goals. This year we have not one, but two winning Leagues. the Constituent League Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes an individual volunteer who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, and commitment to the mission of a Constituent League.
“Our Constituent Leagues work hard to expand the reach and impact of the National League for Nursing through state and regional programming,” said NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “With attention diverted by the nation’s public health emergency for the past 18 months, many of the Leagues were forced to curtail regular programming. That’s why it’s even more remarkable that the Constituent Leagues and leaders we honor this year went above and beyond their already stressed schedules to promote their values and initiatives. We honor their commitment to the profession and to their Constituent League!”
NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “It is my distinct privilege to publicly recognize these outstanding contributions to the National League for Nursing and to their respective communities of nurse educators and nursing students who directly benefit from their efforts and initiatives. Their broadcast of our message, promoting sustained, inclusive, racially sensitive educational excellence, has been more appreciated than ever this year in helping nursing school graduates join the frontlines of essential health care professionals.”
Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award
Recognizes a League(s) that has successfully implemented one or more innovations to support the NLN's mission and goals
Arizona League for Nursing
In addition to offering excellent programming opportunities to their members, the Arizona League did an outstanding job of pivoting their focus to COVID-19 and leading state discussions in the onset of the pandemic. The Arizona League showed impressive poise and leadership during the pandemic, which involved collaborations with other organizations across the state. These efforts made a significant difference in both recognition of and support for nursing and nurse educators in Arizona.
Wisconsin League for Nursing
The Wisconsin League experienced a year of immense growth in 2020 while transitioning to virtual events. The Wisconsin League expanded their scholarship funding in 2020 to include two newly established sustaining scholarship funds. The Wisconsin League has focused on being the organization linking nurse educators and bridging institutional borders both in academia and in health care organizations across the state.
Constituent League Excellence in Leadership Award
Recognizes an individual volunteer who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, and commitment to the mission of a Constituent League
Cheryl Williams Ph.D. RN CNE NP-C, Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Salem State University
Dr. Cheryl Williams joined the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing Board of Directors in 2015 and became its president-elect for 2019-2020. As president-elect, she fostered a collaboration with the Organization of Nurse Leader-MA and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to strengthen the voices of nurse educators in the commonwealth.