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Dear informal.

Colleagues, this year began with the promise of change, and events of this March indicate that change--in the worlds of both nursing and health care--is indeed on the way!

I just returned from the National Nursing Research Roundtable, which the NLN was honored to co-sponsor this year with the National Institute of Nursing Research.

This year's roundtable focused on how to best position nursing and nursing research to play a central role in future trends affecting the research and patient care environments. Given the events unfolding in Washington as we spoke--including the Obama administration's proposal to place health care reform on the center stage of its economic recovery program, and the injection of $10 billion in research funding into the new economic stimulus package - -- there was plenty to discuss.

We met this past Friday on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health for a full day of presentations, panel discussions, and dialogue. I am sure that all participants--the research directors and other leaders at 22 participating nursing organizations--shared my excitement.

We had important topics to consider: How will the science of health and health care evolve and how will that impact the role of nurses? What strategies will position nursing to promote health in the future? And importantly for NLN members, how we do we best prepare the next generation of nurse faculty, clinicians, and scientists? I want to thank Dr. Patricia Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and Dr. Mary Kerr, deputy director, for helping us bring about a productive, exciting exchange of ideas regarding the development of a more sustainable health care model.

At an opening reception on Thursday evening, Dr. Steven J. Hausman of HausmanTech Consulting spoke about emerging technologies in health care. Dr. Marybeth Farquhar of the National Quality Forum spoke on the future of health care. And NLN president Dr. Elaine Tagliareni moderated a discussion regarding future health care challenges. The panelists were Dr. Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Dr. George Bo-Linn, of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; and Rachael A. Watman, MSW, of the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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At this crucial moment, we are receiving calls daily from experts and policymakers for the data they need to fully assess the issues facing America's health care system. For this reason, we at the NLN are moving the schedule of the Annual Survey of Schools of Nursing back to the fall to produce the timeliest data possible. To this end, deans, directors, and chairs of nursing education programs will receive an unusually brief version of the Annual Survey to complete this month, followed by a full survey in fall 2009. Please help us keep our data sources up-to-date by completing this important survey.

I want to thank you in advance for helping us with our research mission. With the data you provide, the NLN will create a true picture of nursing education and contribute to an exact understanding of the importance of today's and tomorrow's nursing workforce.

Many of you participated in our recent national survey on clinical nursing education--I want to thank you for that as well. The results will be out this summer, and will be very helpful in making recommendations for best practices in clinical education. You may recall that last year, the NLN sponsored an invitational

Think Tank on Transforming Clinical Nursing Education, which led to a number of recommendations. That report is now online at www.nln.org/facultydevelopment/facultyresources.htm. And, of course, clinical education is the focus of our next annual NLN Education Summit, "Ease On Down the Road: Exploring Pathways to Excellence in Clinical Education," which takes place September 23-26 in Philadelphia. Naturally, I expect to see you there.

There is tremendous potential for nursing to put its stamp on tomorrow. The future is inventable, not inventible. At the NLN, in cooperation with our colleagues in other nursing organizations, we will continue to pursue our agenda for excellence in nursing research and nursing education research for the 21st century. Join us in shaping the destiny of health care, an integrated, patientcentered, evidence-based health system accessible and available to all.

By the way, information about NINR grant funding under the recovery plan is at www. ninr.nih.gov/ResearchAndFunding/DEA/OEP/FundingOpportunities/default.htm.

With all my best wishes,

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer
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