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For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 5, 2013

OU scholar named a fellow by the Academy of Nursing Education

     Rochester, Mich. – Oakland University Associate Professor Barbara Penprase, Ph.D., RN, CNE, has been named a fellow in the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. She is being honored for her work both as the Crittenton Endowed Professor in OU's School of nursing and as executive director of the Riverview Institute.

     Established in 2007, the Academy of Nursing Education strives 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 support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education and increase the number of graduates from all types of nursing programs. Fellows also serve as role models and provide resources to new educators and others aspiring to become nurse educators.

      "The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to prepare the numbers of excellent nurse educators we need if we are to eliminate the shortage of nurses plaguing America's health care institutions," 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 meets the needs of our ever-changing health care environment deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession."

     Penprase has been lauded for passionate and supportive instruction using innovative teaching strategies, as well as for bringing a wealth of clinical expertise to the classroom setting. She has won numerous honors and acknowledgements at OU, including having received the Teaching Excellence Award at OU in 2009.

     Penprase developed and implemented Oakland University's Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program – the first of its kind in Michigan – and helped obtain more than $3.5 million to support its growth. She also was active on a team that developed and implemented the university's online RN-BSN program, which has been used as an exemplar through the United States as the first completely online nursing program.

     In her role as Executive Director of the Riverview Institute, Penprase oversees certificate programs that allow students to pursue careers as animal assisted therapists; basic, advanced cardiac and pediatric advanced life support professionals; nursing assistants, practical nurses and patient care technicians. The majority of the programs are in Detroit focused on helping the underserved populations obtain skills to secure employment and stay in Detroit.

     Additionally, Penprase is an active researcher whose research focus is on student and nurses outcomes. She specifically is interested in empathy, compassion fatigue and noise levels within hospitals that cause miscommunication and errors, as well as impairs healing of patients. As the Crittenton Endowed Professor, she serves as a role model and teacher to help staff with evidence-based research to help change how nurses' deliver care. She also works with both students and colleagues to develop strategies to enhance nursing practice.

     This fellowship opportunity is a great honor that will allow me to grow as a nurse educator and researcher," Penprase said.

     "I am looking forward to meeting and networking with many individuals who will be outstanding role models to emulate, and I am confident that this experience will enhance my ability to help guide and inspire future leaders in nursing and nursing education."

     Penprase will be inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education during the NLN's annual Education Summit this fall.

     Dedicated to excellence in education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy data and initiatives to its 37,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. For more information about the NLN and the Academy of Nursing Education, visit

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