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2018 NLN Elections

There are five open positions:

Board of Governors

  • Two governors-at-large (2018-2021)

NLN Nominations Committee

  • One member (2018-2020)

NLN Certification Commission (applicants must hold CNE credential)

  • Two commissioners (2018-2021)

The Nominations Process

The NLN Nominations Committee reviews all recommendations received from individual members, agency members, and the constituent leagues, and prepares a slate of candidates for election each year. The committee is especially interested in nominees that ensure that the NLN has a breadth of experience in national and international policy discussions on nursing, health, and higher education; a deep understanding of society’s multiculturalism; and a demonstrated expertise in public and private approaches to creative systems of health care delivery and higher education.


Nominations Application and Bio-sketch

To be considered for an elected position, submit a formal application with biographical and professional materials online by Friday, January 12, 2018.  

  • You will need to enter your NLN Membership ID to log in to the form. If you do not know your NLN Membership ID, please click here.
  • In Question 8 of your application, you will be asked to describe – in 250 words or fewer – how your professional accomplishments are congruent with the NLN’s mission, goals and core values
  • In Question 9 of your application, you will be asked to describe in 250 words or less, how your accomplishments and experiences prepared you for the NLN position.
  • In Question 10, you will need to upload a current, abbreviated curriculum vitae (no more than four single-spaced pages) that is supportive of your application, substantiates your primary area of contribution to nursing education, and emphasizes your accomplishments (e.g., involvement in professional organizations, [including membership in the NLN and service on NLN committees, panels, and task groups], consultation provided, publications, presentations, honors, or awards.

All nominees must hold NLN agency or individual membership during their terms in office. Membership information and applications are available here.

We encourage you to check all positions that you wish to be considered for. This provides the Nominations Committee with more flexibility as they select 2018 candidates.

Access the nominations application and bio-sketch »

NLN elections will take place April 2 through June 1, 2018. If you are chosen for the ballot, you will be notified. All elected candidates should be ready and able to take office during the 2018 Annual Business Meeting at the 2018 NLN Education Summit in Chicago in September.

Questions about your member number? Call 202-909-2519.
Questions about the election process? Call 202-909-2490 or email oceo@nln.org.

NLN Board of Governors

The NLN Board of Governors is a special group of diverse individuals who share the goal of promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. Members of the board assume significant responsibility for all aspects of the organization – shaping our vision, developing our policies, advancing our mission and goals, ensuring our growth.

  • Time commitment: Board of Governors members may have up to three face-to-face meetings per year and several conference calls. Governors are expected to attend all scheduled board meetings each year.
  • Expenses: Travel expenses are reimbursed by the NLN including air and train fare, personal auto, parking, tolls, meals, taxis, lodging, rental car, and miscellaneous expenses such as luggage tips.
  • Information about basic board responsibilities is available here (PDF).

NLN Certification Commission

The NLN Certification Commission oversees and supervises the NLN Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program. The commission serves as an independent and autonomous body within the NLN. Among other authorities, the commission is solely responsible for all certification program policies and decisions related to: certification and recertification eligibility standards; examinations and other assessment instruments; budget development, consistent with NLN policies; program planning; document and information retention; fees; selection and supervision of qualified personnel; and program resource allocation. All policies and procedures for the certification program shall be determined by the Certification Commission and reported to the NLN Board of Governors. Please note: applicants must hold the CNE credential.

  • Time commitment: The NLN Certification Commission has a minimum of two regular meetings each year.
  • Expenses: Travel expenses are reimbursed by the NLN including air and train fare, personal auto, parking, tolls, meals, taxis, lodging, rental car, and miscellaneous expenses such as luggage tips.


NLN Nominations Committee

The nominations committee solicits appointments from individual and agency representative members and self-nomination for individuals having knowledge of the board operations and an understanding of the competencies required.

  • Time commitment: Nominations Committee members have one face-to-face meeting and one conference call per year.
  • Expenses: Travel expenses are reimbursed by the NLN including air and train fare, personal auto, parking, tolls, meals, taxis, lodging, rental car, and miscellaneous expenses such as luggage tips.

NLN Competencies and Nominee Evaluation

The Nominations Committee uses the following attributes to evaluate candidates:

  • Leadership experience
  • Program knowledge relevant to the NLN
  • Management experience
  • Financial experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Marketing/public relations experience
  • Communications skills
  • National and regional governance experience
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • National recognition (e.g., certification, academics, honor societies)
  • NLN Constituent League experience
  • Commitment to the NLN