Virginia M. Clerkin
Seton Hall University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor, Virginia M. Clerkin D.H. Ed., MSN, RN, CTN-A,
has been appointed by the National League for Nursing to serve as a National League for Nursing (NLN) ambassador. As a participant in this elite corps, Dr. Clerkin will help keep faculty and administration informed about the NLN’s initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops and other benefits available to NLN members.
“We created this selective program to make it as easy as possible for nurse faculty and nursing programs at all levels of academia to understand what the NLN has to offer to enhance professional development and status,” explained NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone. “At the same time, we expect the ambassadors to communicate to NLN professional staff and the board what issues and challenges are of greatest concern to nurse educators in the field so that we can maximize the effectiveness of our programming and services. The ambassadors are, in effect, the NLN’s ‘eyes and ears’ on campus.”
Dr. Clerkin began her post as Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, in Fall 2011. Dean Phyllis Shanley Hansell notes that Clerkin, through both her teaching and her advisement to the Leaders in Healthcare Club, “has truly invigorated the College of Nursing with positive energy and a can-do attitude.”
It is anticipated that, as do all NLN ambassadors, Dr. Clerkin will encourage colleagues at Seton Hall University College of Nursing to participate in NLN professional development programs; apply for research grants; submit abstracts for the annual Education Summit and manuscripts to the NLN's peer-reviewed journal, Nursing Education Perspectives; volunteer for task groups and special committees; run for elected office; nominate colleagues for awards and complete research surveys. She will be prepared to answer any questions other faculty or administrators have about the NLN and, when necessary, refer them to the appropriate NLN staff person.
The NLN Ambassador Program was established in the fall of 2006, with an initial cadre of 126 members who teach in all types of nursing programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral. Today there are more than 759 ambassadors representing schools of nursing in 49 states plus Canada, Guam and the Virgin Islands. New ambassadors are appointed twice a year to meet the goal of having one in every school of nursing. Dr. Malone observed, "We are confident that the insights gained through this valuable relationship will help make the NLN more responsive to the needs of our dedicated nurse educators." Seton Hall University College of Nursing
offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the Ph.D. program opened in 2006. US News
and World Report
ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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