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Curl named Academy of Nursing Education Fellow

curlLamar University, and the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, is pleased to announce that Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the nursing department, has been inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education with the credential of “fellow.” She joins the academy’s 117 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

“NLN fellows include nationally recognized leaders in the nursing profession. To be a fellow with these outstanding nurse leaders is an amazing opportunity” said Curl. “Receiving this prestigious honor also brings recognition for Lamar University and the excellent nursing programs we offer.  As a fellow, I have a network of leaders in different areas of nursing with which I can collaborate to address important issues or work on special projects related to nursing education.”

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 promote standards of excellence in nursing education that will increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. They serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

“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,” said Beverly A. Malone, NLN CEO. “Nursing faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education deserve this public recognition.”

Curl has been commended for her nursing education research, academic leadership, promotion of public policy that advances nursing education and collaborative educational community partnerships.  She is known for her work in the public policy arena, with emphasis on nursing education policy. She served as a governor-appointed member of the Kansas Board of Nursing (KSBN). This role included chairing the Education Committee which made decisions on nursing programs’ curricula and faculty credential requirements.

Her chairmanship of the Committee on Impaired Licensees included making rules and regulations related to monitoring and counseling of impaired nurses more effective. She chaired the Investigation Committee which included reviewing disciplinary cases when the nurse practice act was violated.  Curl worked with board investigators and assistant attorneys general to determine appropriate discipline. As chairperson of the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Committee, she worked to improve rules and regulations for advanced practice nurses who work in rural areas and promoted expansion of prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners by collaborating with the Kansas Medical Society.

Curl’s public policy work at the national level includes chairing the Committee on Accreditation and Approval of Nursing Programs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The committee developed a position paper on approval and accreditation of nursing programs which resulted in state boards of nursing across the nation changing nurse practice act language to clearly designate the approval authority of boards of nursing.

She served as co-investigator of two large research studies for NCSBN; one, a nationwide survey of Nursing Education Program Administrators’ Perceptions of the Role of State Boards of Nursing in Accreditation/Approval of Nursing Education Programs, and a second study on Nursing Accrediting Agencies, Employers and National Nursing Organizations’ Perceptions of the Role of State Boards of Nursing in Accreditation/Approval of Nursing Education Programs. The research findings led to a public policy regulatory model recommended by NCSBN and adopted by many states including Texas.  As chairperson for the Texas Board of Nursing‘s Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), Curl had an influential role in developing essential competencies required of graduates of nursing programs in Texas. The competencies guide curricula for nursing education programs and identify competencies the practice arena can expect of new graduates.