(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Pat Ehlert, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing, has been appointed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to serve as an NLN Ambassador.

As an ambassador, Ehlert will help keep faculty and administration informed about NLN initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops and other member benefits.

“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,” said 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.”

A staff nurse for a variety of clients, Ehlert was a member of a cardiac catheterization team conducting research for the National Institutes of Health on coronary angioplasty. Involved in undergraduate nursing education for 17 years, she has experience in oncology nursing, surgical nursing, women’s health and supervisory experience with mental health and mental disabilities clients.

Ehlert obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in Houston and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.

The NLN Ambassador Program was established in fall 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 nursing schools in 49 states. New ones are appointed periodically to meet the goal of at least one NLN ambassador in every nursing school.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 27,000 individual and more than 1,100 institutional members.

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