Sigma and the National League for Nursing Announce 2020 Nursing Education Research Awards

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) announced recipients of two prestigious nursing education awards. The announcement and accompanying celebration of the honorees had been scheduled to occur at the Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC), convened biannually by Sigma and the National League for Nursing. The event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Center for Excellence in Nursing Education Translating Science into Nursing Education Practice Award is presented by Sigma in partnership with Chamberlain University and in collaboration with the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education and the Sigma/Chamberlain University Center for Excellence in Nursing Education. Co-authors Kathy Jo Ellison and Sarah Watts from Auburn University School of Nursing in Auburn, Alabama, were selected for their conference presentation abstract, “Utilizing Simulation in the Large Classroom to Enhance Interprofessional Education Activities for Nursing Students.”

The 2020 Generating Evidence for Nursing Education Practice Award is presented by the NLN in collaboration with Sigma. The award-winning abstract, “Student Perceptions of Just Culture in Nursing Education Programs: A Multi-Site Study,” was submitted by Nina P. Barkell of Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Danielle Walker was Principal Investigator, and additional team members included Gerry Altmiller, Teri Boyd, Michelle Compton, Pamela Cook, Mariane Curia, Randi Flexner, Deana Hays, Lora Hromadik, Janet Jordan, Vicki Jowell, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Rebecca D. Toothaker, Beth Vottero, and Sharon Wallace.

“Although we are unable to celebrate their accomplishments in person, I extend my sincere congratulations to these exceptional nurse educator honorees,” said Sigma President Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN. “I know their outstanding work will continue to inform and impact nursing education.”

“The Sigma-Chamberlain University-National League for Nursing collaboration to recognize and reward outstanding nursing education research is part of a broader League program to promote and support the advancement of the science of nursing education,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I applaud the work of these fine scholars.”

Both award-winning abstracts, along with all other Nursing Education Research Conference presentations, are available on the Sigma Repository.


About the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma)
Sigma is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in more than 100 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Eswatini, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Wales.

The Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (CENE), presented by Sigma in partnership with Chamberlain University, provides career and leadership development opportunities for academic nurse educators. CENE offerings include interactive online courses, in-person programming, and mentored academies.

About the National League for Nursing (NLN)
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, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at