Published on November 4, 2014 by Katie Stripling  
Schlosser NLN award

Samford University professor Sharron Schlosser has earned the National League for Nursing’s prestigious Excellence in Leadership Award for NLN constituent leagues. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, service and commitment to the NLN’s mission to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce in order to advance the nation’s health. 

According to Jane Martin, associate dean of graduate programs in Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Schlosser’s award comes as little surprise, as she is widely known for her leadership at the local, state and national levels. 

“Sharron’s commitment to nursing education and to ultimately preparing academically excellent, compassionate nurses is unparalleled. She is a true advocate for the profession and is most deserving of this honor,” said Martin.  “This award recognizes her efforts at the state level to bring nursing educators together to work as a team and to put processes in place for the future of nursing education in the State of Alabama.”

Schlosser has been a member of NLN since joining the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty in 1975.    She was one of the first three nurses in Alabama to achieve the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation from the NLN and she has spent her career pursuing her passion for preparing nurse educators of the future. 

Schlosser has served as a champion and voice for nursing education through her influence as an educator and leader in the profession. She has served as an officer for the local nursing honor society chapter, as an officer on several of the Alabama League for Nursing committees and as a delegate to the Alabama State Nurses convention.  At the national level, she is a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) where she serves as a team leader. She previously served as a NLN site visitor and as secretary for the Transcultural Nursing Society.

Schlosser is a master teacher, mentor and leader in the field of nursing education.  Her impact on Samford’s nursing programs is impressive.  According to Martin, she was a leader in the move to on-line education in the graduate program, teaching both in the masters and doctoral programs.  Schlosser is the first nursing faculty member to become a Certified On-Line Instructor (COI), a designation that further demonstrates her high level of achievement and dedication to teaching excellence. 

Schlosser was presented the NLN Excellence in Leadership Award at the annual NLN Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.