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Dr. Debra Shelton will be inducted into NLN Academy.
Nursing professor earns esteemed honor
Inclusion shows commitment to quality healthcare
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Debra Shelton, assistant professor in Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health, will be inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy for Nursing Education. Inclusion in the Academy is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a nurse to illustrate a commitment to advancing the quality of American health care. An induction ceremony will take place Sept. 20 during the 2013 Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

Evaluations take into account applicants' contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships.

The NLN Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in and outside the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways. Fellows in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education are
individuals who have made enduring and substantial 
contributions to nursing education as teachers, mentors, 
scholars, public policy advocates, practice partners and 
administrators. They provide a visionary leadership and are
recognized for their expertise in nursing education.

“Many of the present fellows have been friends, mentors and authors of books I use in nursing education, so being among this group is such an achievement. I am quite honored to be inducted. To be the first nurse in Louisiana is also very special to me,” Shelton said.

Shelton has been on faculty at Northwestern State since 1992 teaching in the Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. She is coordinator for the adult/critical care concentration for the nurse educator and clinical nurse specialist role concentration.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Texas Woman’s University, master’s at Northwestern State and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience focuses on care of adults, primarily oncology. She is licensed as an advanced practice nurse in Louisiana (CNS medical-surgical nursing) and is certified as a nurse executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, oncology nursing from the Oncology Nursing Society and academic nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.

Shelton’s research interests include success in nursing school, assessment and evaluation in nursing and simulation. She is a member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Oncology Nursing Society, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. She currently serves on the editorial board of Oncology Nurse Advisor and the review board for the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal.