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Ortelli Inducted as Academy of Nursing Fellow

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 21, 2012 - - - – Today, Galen College of Nursing announces that Tracy A. Ortelli, PhD(c), RN, CNE, Vice President for Academic Affairs has been inducted as a Fellow into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, with the credential ANEF. She joins the academy’s 117 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. Fellows provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy of Nursing Education and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

Dr. Beverly A. Malone, NLN CEO said, “The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to prepare the numbers of excellent nurse educators we need if we are to eliminate the shortage of nurses plaguing America’s health care institutions. Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that meets the needs of our ever-changing health care environment deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”

As a newly named fellow, Ms. Ortelli has been recognized for her ongoing contributions in the area of faculty development. She assumed primary responsibility for development of the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential and has actively served as a CNE Commissioner for the past three years. Her commitment to advancing the speciality role of the academic nurse educator is further evidenced through her recent research which analyzed the relationship between educational preparation and full-time faculty experience on CNE examination performance.

Galen College President and CEO Mark A. Vogt added, “Tracy’s contributions to Galen’s faculty and students are immeasurable. Her dedication to continuously improve all facets of the nursing education our students receive as well as the continuing education and advancement of our faculty is inherent in all she does. She is truly deserving of this designation with such a prestigious academy.”

The fellowships have been awarded by the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body of the Academy of Nursing Education. The induction of new fellows and a meeting of fellows in the Academy of Nursing Education was held in conjunction with the NLN's annual Education Summit September 19-21 in Anaheim, Cal.

For more information about the Academy of Nursing Education, please visit their website.


About National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations and agencies.