Marie T. O’Toole, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is one of fourteen distinguished nurse educators selected for induction into the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.
“Selection as an Academy of Nursing Education Fellow is a great honor; I also view it as a responsibility to continue to mentor and educate future students locally and globally,” says O’Toole, senior associate dean of academic and faculty affairs and a professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.
The NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. This twelfth class of fellows will be honored at the 2018 NLN Education Summit in Chicago in September, bringing the total academy membership to 285 leaders in nursing education, from nursing programs across academia and from other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the U.S. and globally.
In a competitive application process, the NLN Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel evaluates applicants' contributions to 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.
Dr. O’Toole has a long history of providing visionary leadership through the assembly of teams designed to act locally and globally to facilitate educational opportunities that look to the future. She has edited the Mosby series of Dictionaries for the past 20 years to engage students and colleagues across geographic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries in a common language to advance nursing and nursing education.
“This recognition is a reflection on my students and the wonderful educational institutions where I have had the privilege of serving as a faculty member over the years, as well as the support of colleagues in the publishing world to share my passion for the language of health care,” says the Haddon Heights resident. “Recognition by the NLN for doing something I love, educating nurses and health care providers, is an honor that I joyfully share with everyone in the Rutgers community.”
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 professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, health care organizations, and agencies.