School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing’s Sharon Kumm appointed NLN Ambassador

Jun 17, 2011

Sharon Kumm, RN, MN, CCRN
Sharon Kumm, RN, MN, CCRN, University of Kansas School of Nursing associate professor, was recently appointed as the School's ambassador with the National League for Nursing (NLN). Her term will run May 2011 through April 2013. Kumm has been with the KU School of Nursing since 1992.

As a participant in this elite corps, Kumm will help keep faculty and administration informed about the NLN's initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops and other benefits available to NLN members.

“We created this selective program to make it as easy as possible for nurse faculty and nursing programs at all levels of academia to understand what the NLN has to offer to enhance professional development and status,” explained NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone. “At the same time, we expect the ambassadors to communicate to NLN professional staff and the board what issues and challenges are of greatest concern to nurse educators in the field so that we can maximize the effectiveness of our programming and services. The ambassadors are, in effect, the NLN's ‘eyes and ears' on campus.”

It is anticipated that, as do all NLN ambassadors, Kumm will encourage colleagues at the KU School of Nursing to participate in NLN professional development programs; apply for research grants; submit abstracts for the annual Education Summit and manuscripts to the NLN's peer-reviewed journal, Nursing Education Perspectives; volunteer for task groups and special committee; run for elected office; nominate colleagues for awards; and complete research surveys. Kumm will be prepared to answer any questions other faculty or administrators have about the NLN and, when necessary, refer them to the appropriate NLN staff person.

The NLN Ambassador Program was established in the fall of 2006 with an initial cadre of 126 members who teach in all types of nursing programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral. Today there are more than 700 ambassadors representing schools of nursing in 49 states plus Canada, Guam and the Virgin Islands. New ambassadors are appointed twice a year to meet the goal of having one NLN Ambassador in every school of nursing. Dr. Malone observed, “We are confident that the insights gained through this valuable relationship will help make the NLN more responsive to the needs of our dedicated nurse educators.”
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