DUSON Highly Visible at NLN Education Summit

At the 2014 national Education Summit sponsored by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and held in Phoenix, several members of the DUSON community were honored. Danielle (Dani) Rourke, an ABSN student who will complete the program in May 2015, was recognized as the winner of the Student Excellence Paper competition. Center of Excellence (COE) schools are invited to submit one essay written by a student about what excellence means to them and what it means to be enrolled in a COE school; all submissions are reviewed by a national panel, and one essay is selected as the winner. Dani was the 2014 recipient of this honor. Queen Utley-Smith was inducted as a Fellow in the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education in recognition of her enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education.  She was one of 20 individuals selected for this honor in 2014 and becomes one of fewer than 150 Fellows nationwide. Margie Molloy, Jackie Vaughn and Chris Muckler presented "Preparing Students for Safe Patient Hand-offs During Transitions of Care" as a concurrent session. It highlighted an experience in the Center for Nursing Discovery of a multidisciplinary simulation that included students from DUSON's Nurse Anesthesia, Master's and ABSN programs as well as students from the Duke School of Physical Therapy. The presentation included methods on how to implement safe patient hand-offs during transitions of care and how to incorporate specific skills supporting team performance. It was well-received and stimulated much discussion among conference participants. Terry Valiga was honored with the NLN’s prestigious award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates leadership through scholarly activities, has made outstanding contributions as a leader in nursing education, merits national or international acceptance for encouraging creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds, serves as a role model and mentor for junior faculty, and publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge.

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