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Collin College’s Dr. Nell Ard Named Fellow Of Academy Of Nursing Education

Dr. Nell Ard Named Fellow Of Academy Of Nursing Education

June 26, 2009 – Collin College is pleased to announce that Dr. Nell Ard, RN, CNE, has been selected for induction into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She joins the academy’s 65 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

A resident of McKinney, Dr. Nell Ard is the director of Nursing and professor of Nursing at Collin College. She was chosen for her innovative teaching and/or learning strategies in nursing education research, faculty development, academic leadership, promotion of public policy that advances nursing education and/or in collaborative educational, practice or community partnerships.

Very active in the nursing education community, locally Dr. Nell Ard has served as a research consultant for Medical Center of Plano, worked with the Regional Nursing Deans/Directors group and has assisted in planning five summer workshops for faculty.

She also serves on a committee that developed a Standard Hospital Orientation packet/quiz that has been utilized since 2005 and volunteers on a routine basis at the Children’s and Community Clinic of McKinney.

Nationally, Dr. Ard has served in several capacities with the NLN including as ambassador, a member of the Nominating Committee and on several task groups. She chaired the national task group on Clinical Education and is currently serving on the NLN’s Public Policy Committee.

Dr. Nell Ard has published several articles and presented extensively. She also has a chapter entitled “The Essentials of Learning” in a soon to be released book, Building a Science of Nursing Education:  Foundation for Evidence-based Teaching-Learning.  She also is co-editor of Clinical Nursing Education:  Current Reflections, which is scheduled for release later this year.

“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals [such as Dr. Nell Ard] 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 healthcare institutions,” Dr. Beverly A. Malone, NLN CEO, said. “Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and the preparation of a nursing workforce that meets the needs of our ever-changing health care environment deserve this public recognition. This credential, borne with pride, garners the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”

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.

The fellowships are 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 in the fall.

For more information about the Academy of Nursing Education, please visit For more information about Collin College’s Nursing Program, visit

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy data and initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1200 institutional members.

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