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Patricia A. Mahoney, at Galen College of Nursing Named Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education Joining 2013 Group of Inductees

September 18, 2013 – LOUISVILLE, KY – Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Patricia A. Mahoney, MSN, RN, CNE has been inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, with the credential of “Fellow.” She joins the academy’s 144 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.

Said Dr. Beverly A. Malone, NLN CEO, “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. Mahoney has been recognized for her impact on nursing education. Ms. Mahoney helped create the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential by serving as the initial chair of the Test Development Committee and as a member of the Academic Nurse Educator Practice Analysis Advisory Committee. In addition, Ms. Mahoney has used her test development expertise to help nurse educators throughout the country improve their ability to develop valid and reliable classroom examinations.

“This is a well-deserved recognition,” shared Galen College of Nursing’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF. “Pat’s induction into the Academy of Nursing Education is a testament to her ongoing commitment to nursing education and her substantial contributions to the profession.”

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 will be held in conjunction with the NLN's annual Education Summit, October 18-20.

For more information about the Academy of Nursing Education, please visit their website. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit www.galencollege.edu.

Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact NLN chief communications officer, Karen R. Klestzick, at 212-812-0376, kklestzick@nln.org.

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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

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 over 3,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is nationally accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.