Anderson named fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education

Academy established by National League for Nursing recognizes innovative contributions of nurse educators

Columbus, OH – The Ohio State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAHA, FAAN, has been competitively selected for induction into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, with the credential of “Fellow.”

Anderson is an associate professor at the College of Nursing and serves as associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation. She joins the Academy’s 202 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. 

The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. Fellows provide leadership in nursing education and in the Academy of Nursing Education, and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to address the ongoing shortage of nurses and nurse educators,” said NLN CEO Beverly A. Malone. “Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that advances the health of the nation and the global community deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”

As a newly named fellow, Anderson has been praised for her innovative teaching and learning strategies, specifically for her advancement of undergraduate and graduate nursing student learning of physiology and genomics.

“We are so proud of Cindy and her innovative work to advance nursing education,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Ohio State’s associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Her impact is evidenced by the outcomes of student scholarship dissemination, award recognition and roles assumed after graduation. Cindy is so deserving of this esteemed honor.

Anderson’s research is focused on the study of hypertension in pregnancy and the influence that the maternal pregnant environment has on future development of hypertension in offspring.  Recent investigation is targeted towards gene-environment interactions that increase heritable risk for preeclampsia, including the study of disrupted gene function due to changes in DNA methylation. The findings of her research have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes of women and their children through early screening and identification of individuals at risk for preeclampsia across the lifespan.

The fellowships have been awarded by the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. The induction of new fellows and a meeting of fellows in the Academy of Nursing Education will be held in conjunction with the NLN's annual Education Summit in the fall of 2015.

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The Ohio State University College of Nursing

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is the world’s preeminent college known for accomplishing what is considered impossible through its transformational leadership and innovation in nursing and health, evidence-based practice and unsurpassed wellness. As part of the largest health science campus in the U.S., the College of Nursing offers seven innovative academic programs. The college’s graduate nursing programs are among the top 5% in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, while its online graduate program is ranked 6th and its RN to BSN program is ranked 8th as part of Ohio State’s ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs. Annual college enrollment is approximately 1,950 students. The college celebrated its centennial in 2014.

National League for Nursing

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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.