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CMSV Nursing Professor One of Six Nurse Educators Awarded a 2012 National League for Nursing Research Grant


Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. MaryAnn Witt was awarded a National League for Nursing (NLN) 2012 Research Grant for her research on the “Impact of Live Actors in Simulation on Professional Communication Skills of Entry Level Students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program.”

Dr. Witt, a resident of Riverdale, N.Y., was one of only six distinguished nurse educators to receive this prestigious grant, which is intended to facilitate investigations to advance the science of nursing education and promote evidence-based teaching, two key goals of the NLN’s competitive Nursing Education Research Grants Program. The other grant recipients include faculty from large research institutions, including: Purdue University, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Scranton.

“I am honored to receive a grant from the National League for Nursing for my research on the impact of live actors on nursing students’ communication skills,” says Dr. Witt. “This transformative grant will help to foster better career preparation and communication skills for Mount Saint Vincent nursing students, and hopefully contribute to the body of knowledge within the field of nursing education.”

Dr. Witt’s grant will formally be announced Sept. 20 at the 2012 NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, Calif., a four-day conference that draws nurse educators, deans, and administrators from higher education and across the allied health profession.

To be eligible for support, projects had to meet at least one of the NLN’s current priorities for research, which place a particular emphasis on transforming nursing education for the contemporary health care environment. As approved by the NLN Board of Governors, the League’s research priorities call for robust research designs to create links between practice and education and creative approaches to build capacity for education research scholars. The program favors multi-site projects that involve partnerships between practice and education, according to a NLN release.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. It combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and selected professional fields of study, including accounting, business administration, education, and nursing. Through its School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College extends its primary undergraduate mission by offering high quality graduate studies in business, education and nursing and an array of undergraduate and certificate programs serving non-traditional students. Mount Saint Vincent is located on a pastoral campus in New York City, with easy access to all the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that the City affords.