UTEP Nursing Faculty Inducted into NLN Academy of Nursing
The National League for Nursing (NLN) has welcomed Acting Dean of the UTEP School of Nursing Leslie K. Robbins, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Nursing Diane B. Monsivais, Ph.D., to the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.
They were two of 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted into the academy’s 12th class of fellows on Sept. 14 at the 2018 NLN Education Summit in Chicago.
"On behalf of the Board of Governors, I congratulate individuals who represent the enterprise, creativity, and drive that is the foundation of excellence in nursing education,” said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, Ed.D., in a press release. “We applaud their critical role in preparing nursing school graduates to deliver sustainable, accessible, culturally-sensitive care to a diverse patient population, which advances the health of the nation and global community."
The NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy, selected this year’s fellows through a highly competitive process.
These inspiring leaders are lauded for innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships.
“It is an honor to have been inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education,” said Robbins, associate professor and assistant dean of graduate education in the School of Nursing. She is the Orville E. Egbert Endowed M.D. Chair in Nursing and Health Sciences.
“Joining this group of visionary individuals who have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education has been one of the most momentous events in my career,” she said.
As a member of the UTEP faculty since 2009, Robbins served as the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program from 2010-14.
She has led the development of graduate nursing programs that support diverse student success such as the online Psychiatric Mental Health NP/CNS program and UTEP’s DNP program.
Monsivais is director of the Master of Science in Nursing program for Nursing Education. Her area of excellence focusses on faculty development initiatives that support success for nurse educators.
These initiatives include a national project on mentoring novice journal peer reviewers and an NLN-funded review on using simulation to develop clinical teaching competencies.
“Being inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows is an honor that symbolizes the many wonderful and supportive colleagues who have provided professional opportunities for me through the years,” said Monsivais, who joined UTEP in 1998 as a clinical instructor. She has since served as an assistant professor and associate professor.
“In turn, those opportunities provided the foundation for me to support the scholarly development and success of my own colleagues,” she added.
In 2015, Monsivais was awarded the Wakefield Endowed Professorship in Health Sciences.
The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals who have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education.
The contributions made by fellows throughout their careers are congruent with the mission and goals of the NLN, and they are individuals who will be sought out to provide visionary leadership in nursing education, in the academy and in the League for Nursing.
Caption: Acting Dean of the UTEP School of Nursing Leslie K. Robbins, Ph.D., left, and Associate Professor of Nursing Diane B. Monsivais, Ph.D., right, were inducted into National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education on Sept. 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Leslie Robbins.