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Nursing Professor Receives National Honor

Nursing professor Jone Tiffany (third from left) is the only Bethel professor to be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education, a prestigious honor given to a handful of educators nationwide.

Nursing professor Jone Tiffany was recently inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education, a prestigious honor granted to a handful of educators each year.

During the National League for Nursing (NLN) Summit in Orlando, Florida, on September 23, Tiffany was recognized for her innovative approach to teaching and her expertise in virtual simulation, teaching technology, and simulation debriefing.

Tiffany says she was “overwhelmed, amazed, excited, and humbled” to be chosen. The Academy, which aims to cultivate excellence in nursing education by recognizing outstanding leaders, comprises 234 educators nationwide.

According to Diane Dahl, chief nursing administrator and dean of health, medical, and social sciences for the College of Adult & Professtional Studies and Graduate School, Tiffany is the first Bethel professor to receive the honor. “This level of scholarship in the nursing department speaks to the quality of education offered [at Bethel] in that faculty value teaching from evidence, not just tradition,” Dahl says. “Jone is energetic, positive, innovative, creative, and thinks critically in her role as an educator and scholar.”

As a fellow, Tiffany will provide vision and leadership in nursing education and in the Academy. She currently serves as technology scholar in residence for the NLN and spends at least one week per month at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., spearheading technology initiatives like blogs, online courses, and regional workshops to help integrate technology in education.

“I feel so honored to sit at the table with this group of nurse educators,” says Tiffany, who began her career as a bedside nurse, spent several years as a staff educator, and was recently awarded the title of full professor at Bethel. “But, no matter what role I’m in, the patient, the family, and a Christ-centered approach have always been at the center.”

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