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We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our site and hope that you will find it beneficial for your career goals. The NCLN is a constituent league of the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The purpose of the North Carolina League for Nursing is to support and implement the mission of the NLN to advance quality nursing education to meet the unique needs of diverse populations in an ever changing health care environment at the constituent level.

Membership in the NCLN is open to anyone who is interested in fostering the development and improvement of nursing services or nursing education. Nurses make up the largest group of professionals in the healthcare industry, and working together we can have a major impact on issues that affect nursing.

If you are not already a member, please take this opportunity to consider joining NCLN today to make a difference in nursing education now. Membership and participation in NCLN is a great way to be involved in a professional organization that supports nurse educators and quality nursing education at all levels.

NCLN News & Opportunities

The North Carolina League for Nursing is offering a workshop on Friday October 27, “Current trends in nursing education: Innovative Strategies for Educators” at Wingate University. We would love to have nurse educator and graduate students interested in nursing education to attend this conference and we want to give students the opportunity to present a poster about Nursing Education at this conference. 

Posters would be displayed and presented between podium speaker presentations in the morning and afternoon. Any students that are interested in presenting, please send an abstract to Elise Thompson ( The abstract should include the title of the project, the purpose, background, methods, findings, and implications for nursing education. We would love for attendees to learn from the students in addition to having students attend the workshop. There is a student discount, and we encourage students and nurse educators to attend.

The North Carolina League for Nursing is thrilled to offer an in-person conference:

Current trends in nursing education: Innovative strategies for educators.

Friday, October 27, 2023


Wingate University

Registration Link:

Join us in beautiful Wingate for a day of networking and learning. Plan early! If you plan to stay, a list of local hotels can be found here.

Price of Registration

$80 nonmembers

 $70 members

$50 students


The North Carolina League for Nursing is calling for abstracts for poster and podium presenters for the fall workshop, to be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, at Wingate University.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacqui McMillian-Bohler. Dr. McMillian-Bohler is a dynamic speaker, a master teacher, expert in CBE, and activist for health equity. If you have not heard her speak before, you are in for a treat!

The workshop theme is “Current trends in nursing education: Innovative strategies for educators”.

We welcome your abstracts related to the following topics, in pre-licensure, RN to BSN, or graduate nursing education and in the clinical, classroom, or online setting:

· Teaching clinical judgment

· Supporting student success on Next Gen NCLEX

· Shifting to competency-based education

· Issues in admissions and retention


Although our theory topic this module focuses on educational theories as they relate to your clinical learning experience ideas, it is important to mention nursing theory as it relates to teaching in the clinical setting.  

From the Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Review Manual:

The clinical nurse educator is a vital point of contact to assist the students in bridging the gap between theory and practice. In the classroom, students are taught theoretical knowledge based concepts.  This knowledge must be successfully translated into clinical practice for safe and effective patient care. The theory of cognitive apprenticeship is described as "making expert thinking visible to the learner" (Lyones, McLaughlin, Khanova, & Roth, 2017).  Through this, the learner is able to "see" the cognitive process and develop clinical decision making skills. 

Whitman-Price, R., Wilson, L., & Gittings, K., (2020). Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNEcl) Review Manual.  Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Related Article:

Lyons, K., McLaughlin, J. E., Khanova, J., & Roth, M. T. (2017). Cognitive apprenticeship in health sciences education: A qualitative review. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(3), 723-739.

Watch this short video (about 5 minutes) on using simulation to bridge the gap between theory and practice from Nurse Educator

This is does not have closed caption so if you need the information in a different method, please refer to and read the full length article.

Strickland, H. P. & Welch, T. D. (2019). A Capstone Simulation for Leadership Development. Nurse Educator, 44(2), 84–87. 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000553.


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