Academy Established by the National League for Nursing Recognizes Contributions of Nurse Educators for Excellence in Nursing Education

Columbus, Ohio…Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) is pleased to announce that Mount Carmel Professor Darrell Spurlock Jr., PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been inducted as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. He joins the academy’s 202 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

As a newly named fellow, Spurlock has been lauded for his contributions to nursing education research and scholarship. Spurlock’s research and policy scholarship on high-stakes testing in nursing education are widely quoted in scholarly papers and textbooks, cited in regulatory and legal opinions and guidelines, and have stimulated numerous lines of inquiry by other nursing education researchers. Spurlock’s primary interest is in building the science of nursing education through original research, instrument development, and promotion of evidence-based nursing education practices. Spurlock’s current area of research is in evaluating the correspondence between self-reports and objective measures of knowledge, skill, and abilities in nursing practice and education.

“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to address the ongoing shortage of nurses and nurse educators,” said NLN Chief Executive Officer, Beverly A. Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that advances the health of the nation and the global community deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”

The National League for Nursing (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 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. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

The fellowships have been awarded by the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body of the NLN 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 Mount Carmel College of Nursing, please call 614.234.5800 or visit

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About the National League for Nursing

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 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

About Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Mount Carmel College of Nursing, located in Columbus, Ohio, offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, including a Distance Learning programs for RN-BSN Completion. Four program options lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and four tracks are offered in the Graduate program leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will launch in August 2015. A satellite campus is based at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Mount Carmel College of Nursing was first founded as a School of Nursing by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1903 and chartered as a College of Nursing in 1990. Mount Carmel is a private, Catholic College affiliated with Mount Carmel Health, a major integrated healthcare network that offers students innovative clinical learning opportunities at four hospitals and various ambulatory sites throughout central Ohio and beyond.

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