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New Jersey League for Nursing, led by Galen Executive Vice President Tracy Ortelli, wins national award

The New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) has been chosen by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as this year’s recipient of the coveted Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award.

The NJLN is led by President Tracy Ortelli, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, who is also Executive Vice President of Postlicensure Nursing Education at Galen College of Nursing.

“New Jersey has really been hit hard by COVID-19, so to get this recognition now is especially meaningful,” says Dr. Ortelli.

In addition to offering excellent programming opportunities to its members, the NJLN has expanded its grants and scholarships program to include 26 nursing students at all levels of educational progression. Each of those students is eligible to receive awards from $250 to $1,000, with one advanced degree candidate who pledges to remain in the state’s nursing workforce eligible for a $10,000 scholarship award.

“The NJLN has been focused on awarding scholarships to nursing students so they can continue their education. We’re very proud of our ability to help our members in this way,” says Dr. Ortelli.

The award was presented at the recent NLN annual Education Summit, which was held virtually for the first time this year. Galen College of Nursing is a proud sponsor of the NLN Education Summit.

“Today, more than ever, the National League for Nursing has depended on state, regional and local leadership to support nurses and nurse educators on the frontlines of health care. While we face the challenges of a pandemic, along with demonstrable health care disparities reflecting the social determinants of health, innovative programming and other initiatives to support students and faculty are truly needed,” says NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “The New Jersey League for Nursing has been a role model in this regard, helping to spread the National League for Nursing’s message of sustained, inclusive, culturally sensitive educational excellence in the preparation of the next generation of nurses to deliver outstanding patient care, advancing, in particular, the health all New Jersey residents.”

The NJLN supports and implements the mission of the NLN to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health at the constituent level. The NJLN is a premier nursing Organization in the State, with more than 105 Years of promoting the positive image of nursing.

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