Cheryl Kent appointed as National League of Nursing Ambassador

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Cheryl Kent appointed as National League of Nursing Ambassador

November 17, 2011

 Cheryl Kent
Cheryl Kent

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Division of Nursing is pleased to announce that Cheryl Kent, RN, MS, has been appointed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to serve as an ambassador. As a participant in this elite corps, Kent will help keep faculty and administration informed about the NLN’s initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops and other benefits available to members.

“We created this selective program to make it as easy as possible for nurse faculty and nursing programs at all levels of academia to understand what the NLN has to offer to enhance professional development and status,” said Dr. Beverly Malone, NLN CEO.

“At the same time, we expect the ambassadors to communicate to NLN professional staff and the board what issues and challenges are of greatest concern to nurse educators in the field so that we can maximize the effectiveness of our programming and services. The ambassadors are, in effect, the NLN’s ‘eyes and ears’ on campus.”

Kent joined Northwestern’s staff in August of 2007. She currently is the assistant chair and instructor of nursing in the Division of Nursing. Previous to coming to Northwestern, she worked as a staff nurse for Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid. Kent received her Bachelor’s of Nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma in May 2001, and Master’s of Science in nursing education from the University of Oklahoma in July 2008.

It is anticipated that, as do all NLN ambassadors, Kent will encourage colleagues at Northwestern to participate in NLN professional development programs; apply for research grants; submit abstracts for the annual Education Summit and manuscripts to the NLN's peer-reviewed journal, Nursing Education Perspectives; volunteer for task groups and special committees; run for elected office; nominate colleagues for awards; and complete research surveys.

She also will be prepared to answer any questions other faculty or administrators have about the NLN and, when necessary, refer them to the appropriate NLN staff person.

The NLN Ambassador Program was established in the fall of 2006 with an initial cadre of 126 members who teach in all types of nursing programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral. Today there are more than 700 ambassadors representing schools of nursing in 49 states plus Canada, Guam and the Virgin Islands. New ambassadors are appointed twice a year to meet the goal of having one in every school of nursing.

For more information about the NLN Ambassador Program, please contact NLN director, Membership and Excellence Initiatives, Tish Hess, at (212) 812-0374 or thess@nln.org. Kent also can be contacted at (580) 213-3159 or ckkent@nwosu.edu with questions about NLN.

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