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Happy Thanksgiving.



This is my last message to you before Thanksgiving, so before I go further, I want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday. With the days suddenly so much shorter, I cherish having this time set aside for family and friends, for whom I am so very grateful. It is always a welcome break--a real treat for body and soul!

Right after Thanksgiving, November 30 to December 1, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will host a National Summit on Advancing Health in Washington, DC. This Summit represents a first step in translating into action the recommendations outlined in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the transformative IOM report released on October 5. Dr. Don Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will be the keynote speaker for this Summit, and leaders from all stakeholder groups will be present. I will be there with NLN president, Dr. Cathie Shultz, and our chief program officer, Dr. Elaine Tagliareni.


Registration closes tomorrow, but you can sign up to attend a webcast of the event. A number of fellows of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, some NLN constituent leagues, and other groups are hosting regional Awareness Meetings in various parts of the country.

I also encourage you to visit to sign up for email updates and learn how you can get involved in adding your voice to The Future of Nursing. And remember, the NLN Faculty Leadership Conference, "Transforming Leadership to Advance Health: Who Will Answer the Call?" picks up where the report leaves off. Scheduled for January 7-8 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this conference is supported by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future.


And, as you relax and reflect over the holiday weekend, I hope you will give some thought to nursing scholarship, particularly the part that involves writing for publication. If scholarly writing is a challenge, if you find yourself doing everything but, I hope you will consider applying for a place in one of the two NLN Scholarly Writing Retreats scheduled for spring 2011. The deadline to apply is coming up on December 15.

Participants in our three previous retreats, all led by Dr. Marilyn Oermann, have had remarkable success in having their manuscripts accepted for publication in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Based on the demonstrated results of the program, Pocket Nurse Enterprises awarded the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education a generous grant that has allowed us to double the number of participants accepted in 2011. Marilyn will once again lead the group in Indiana, March 11 to 13, and Dr. Leslie Nicoll, editor of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, will lead a second group in San Francisco, April 1-3. When you apply, you can choose either location or you can indicate no preference. But don't procrastinate--don't miss this stunning opportunity to demystify and operationalize the process of writing for publication.

And don't forget December 3--that is the deadline for submitting abstracts for our NLN Education Summit 2011 (Orlando, Florida, September 21-24). The NLN Test Development Team is encouraging researchers to submit work relating to best practices and new developments in testing and assessment. I want to echo that call, with a reminder that the Summit theme is "Leading Academic Progression: Advancing the Health of the Nation." The Call for Abstracts is online, of course, with all the necessary details.

And, I am very excited to report, abstracts from our 2010 Summit are now residing online in the extensive archives of the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library. Nurses may access the library's Registry of Nursing Research free of charge in keeping with Sigma Theta Tau International's goal to offer nurses, in all roles around the globe, online access to reliable nursing information that can be easily utilized and shared. This partnership represents a great development for nursing education scholarship--thank you to our colleagues at Sigma Theta Tau.


I could ramble on and on, telling you all about the happenings at the NLN. But I began this message with thoughts about taking a break and giving thanks, and that is how I will close. We at the NLN and the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education are thankful for you, our members, and for your many contributions in the form of the work you do and the gifts you have given and continue to give. I have to assume that our mission and goals and the energy we expend at the NLN resonate with your own values and your vision for nursing education. Together we do wonders! Have a joyful holiday.

With warm regards,

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer
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Date:Nov 15, 2010
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