In the League of Nurses

Like the League of Nations, nurses have their own league as well. The National League for Nursing (NLN) is foremost in the development of nurses worldwide. It offers a range of opportunities to nurses, from testing services to research grants. NLN has more than a thousand institutional members under their wing.

It started its operation in 1893 as a subgroup of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, and it is the first nursing facility in the United States. Their core values are indicative of their desire to improve the quality of nurses in the country.

NLN takes good care of their nurses so they can take good care of their patients. Promoting health and wellness has come to be a priority with NLN over the years. They see to it that the citizens of America and are healthy and free of any debilitating diseases. Integrity is also an indispensable element in the execution of their duties. They understand that they are not just treating the sick, but they are also setting themselves as moral guides to their patients.

They aim to treat their patients as individuals, too, not just a statistic. For NLN, every patient is unique. NLN strives to achieve excellence in the delivery of their work. They create strategies that enables these nurses to connect with their patients in a more personal way. These are the values that NLN have since its birth more than a century ago. Caring for the sick, establishing integrity with their patients, promoting excellence at work, with the understanding that every patient has its own peculiar need, makes NLN instrumental in the development of nursing education. NLN plays a key role of building diversity in the nursing field. They help educate our nurses with the goal of making them as an integral piece for a healthy nation.

National League for Nursing Mission, Goals and Objectives

The National League for Nursing is a premier national organization for faculty nurses and leaders in nursing education. It is concerned with the improvement of nursing education and nursing services and the provision of health care in the United States.

The National League for Nursing operates in the following Mission, Goals, and Objectives:

The National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community. ​

Goals and Objectives

Goal I

Leader in Nursing Education: Enhance the NLN’s national and international impact as the recognized leader in nursing education.


The NLN will:

  • Be a key player in initiatives to build diversity in the nurse educator workforce
  • Promote the preparation of a nursing workforce that contributes to health care quality and safety
  • Be acknowledged as the leader in advancing excellence and innovation in nursing education
  • Be the primary source of data for legislation, regulations, or decisions about nursing education and the nurse educator workforce; and that informs teaching practices across all types of nursing education programs for diverse student populations
  • Be a key player in creating a community of nurse educators from around the world to address and influence issues related to excellence in nursing education

Goal II

Commitment to Members: Build a diverse, sustainable, member-led organization with the capacity to deliver our mission effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with our values.


The NLN will:

  • Continually seek out, engage, and be responsive to full- and part-time nurse faculty, individuals preparing for the faculty role, nursing education researchers, and other health care and academic professionals
  • Be the leading provider of products and services for the continuous professional development of nursing faculty
  • Build a diverse membership through comprehensive, inclusive, and aggressive methods
  • Design all NLN programs and initiatives, including activities of affiliated constituent leagues, to provide maximum benefit to NLN members
  • Achieve its annual revenue goals while ensuring that the infrastructure meets the growing needs of the organization
  • Goal III

Champion for Nurse Educators: Be the voice of nurse educators and champion their interests in political, academic, and professional arenas.​


The NLN will:

  • Continue to provide opportunities to dialogue with the nurse educator community
  • Promote nursing education as an advanced practice role
  • Shape and inform public policy on nursing education
  • Lead efforts to create and sustain healthful work environments that value and support a diverse community of nurse educators
  • Expand and sustain alliances with other influential organizations
  • Goal IV

Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education: Promote evidence-based nursing education and the scholarship of teaching.​


The NLN will:

  • Promote the continuous development of faculty as educator-scholars
  • Advocate for resources to support nursing education research
  • Develop, design, and advance research initiatives that have broad-based significance, promote evidence-based teaching practices, are critical to decision making at institutional and national levels, and serve to transform nursing education

National League for Nursing CNE Exam Guide

The National League for Nursing broke new ground in 2005 when it started the Certified Nurse Educator or CNE program to identify quality and advancement. To this day, the NLN CNE credential is the only formal seal of quality in the advanced specialized part of the academic nurse educator. More than 4,000 nurse teachers in all 50 states now hold the CNE credential and the program is constantly enjoying a high level of re-certification. To help candidates plan for the rigor of the examination, the CNE program has offered the CNE Candidate Handbook, self-assessment examinations and an ongoing sequence of training classes. Now comes the Official National League for Nursing Guide to the CNE Exam to complement these resources. A user-friendly, yet scholarly book that will hereafter serve as the specified guide for staff seeking the CNE certification and an essential written text for all nurse educators across the number of colleges.

national_league_for_nursingPublished by Lippincott for NLN Press, the book has been edited by Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, CNE, ANEF. A well known provider of training for nurse educators, Dr. Caputi exemplifies quality and advancement. A CNE herself, as well as a other in the NLNs Academia of Medical Education and studying, Dr. Caputi has a lengthy record of dedication to improving the objective and objectives of the NLN. The writer of a number of well-received guides on nursing education, Dr. Caputi edited Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing (2013) lately released by NLN Press.

The NLNs management role in developing the CNE certification provides with it the responsibility of generating resources to help nurse educators to accomplish it, mentioned National League for Nursing CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. With the publication of the Official NLN Guide, they are offering the best plan to nurse teachers who desire that recognition and who will strengthen the factors of quality, both in class room and practice configurations that the CNE certification symbolizes. Added NLN chief executive Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, senior associate dean of academic programs and lecturer at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa: As an advocate of life-long studying and educational development, the National League for Nursing has long motivated nurse teachers to add the CNE certification. Now, the Official NLN Guide provides them the resources to happily and openly announce practice of this innovative specialized role in nursing education.