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Galen School of Nursing Faculty Member Chosen for National Leadership Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – November 9, 2009 – Galen School of Nursing Assistant Dean Bobbi Martin is one of only 10 educators selected to participate in the 2009-2010 National League for Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program.

According to the NLN, the program is designed to “help transform the future of nursing education by creating leadership opportunities for nurse educators and building diversity in the nurse educator workforce.”

Earlier this year, Martin, Assistant Dean at Galen, was selected to be part of the National League for Nursing’s Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) program. Martin, along with Dr. Susan Garbutt of Galen, was selected based on a proposal to develop a virtual electronic medical record program to augment simulation in the clinical learning lab.

Through the Leadership and Mentoring Program, Martin will not only work with the group of participants to develop an agenda for the advancement of nurse leaders in education, but will also take on a personal leadership project.

Martin said she will develop a collaborative instruction model whereby communities of nursing schools and hospitals can employ to achieve the following goals: • Students graduate prepared to meet the needs and expectations of our local healthcare providers through demonstrating competent safe patient care. • Local healthcare providers clearly define the needs and expectations of the new graduate LPNs and RNs. • Both groups (schools and providers) collaborate to identify the gaps that are evident between the classroom and clinical practice and work together to bridge that gap.

“I'm very excited to be a part of this program,” Martin said. “It truly is an honor.”

“Being selected for this prestigious program is a great tribute to Bobbi’s dedication to nursing and nursing education,” said Sharon A. Roberts, ARNP, MSN, Galen’s Dean of Nursing. “Participation in this program will allow her to work with distinguished leaders in nursing education and grow in her role as a current and future leader in the nursing education arena. It is always through the exchange of ideas in a collegial forum that new concepts are developed which will inevitably result in changes and growth for that organization. I am very proud of all of her accomplishments and am sure this is just the beginning of many more.”

About Galen College of Nursing

Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.