National League for Nursing

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National League for Nursing
Abbreviation NLN
Formation 1893
Headquarters 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20037, United States
40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members[1]
G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

The National League for Nursing (NLN) is a national organization for faculty nurses and leaders in nurse education. It offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to more than 40,000 individual and 1,200 education and associate members.[2]


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.


The NLN was founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses and was the first organization for nursing in U.S. In 1912 it was renamed the National League for Nursing Education and released the first Standard Curriculum for Schools of Nursing in 1917. In 1952 the NLN combined with the National Organization for Public Health Nursing and the Association for Collegiate Schools of Nursing as the National League for Nursing and assumed responsibility for the accreditation of nursing schools in the U.S.

Willie Mae Jones, 1955

In 1942, the NLNE created individual membership, enabling African-American nurses to participate in the organization.[3] When established in 1952, the NLN included African-American nurses in positions, including the board of directors. Willie Mae Jackson Jones (pictured), of the Community Nursing Services of Montclair, New Jersey, served as the first African-American of the organization, on the first NLN board of directors.[3]

A collection of papers including proceedings of annual conventions, minutes of meetings, biographical data of early leaders, correspondence and photos is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.[4]


The NLN provides TAP, the Total Assessment Program for NCLEX Success, a comprehensive testing services program for nurse educators, students, and practitioners. TAP is a complete preparation package to assess students’ abilities and achievement prior to admission, after specific courses, and at the end of nursing programs. The TAP package consists of Pre-Admission Exams, Achievement Exams including Practice Tests and Remediation, Pre-NCLEX Readiness Exams, Live Review, and Question Review Bank (QRB).

Accrediting commission[edit]

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) was the original subsidiary of the NLN and was responsible for all activities related to the accreditation of nursing programs. The NLNAC was based in Atlanta, Georgia.

In late 2013, the NLNAC was renamed as the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).

On July 1, 2014, Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, was appointed executive director of NLN's new accreditation division, the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).[5]

Accredited programs[edit]

The number of accredited programs awarding academic degrees, diplomas or certificates by the NLNAC as of 2010:

  • Clinical Doctorate — 2
  • Nursing Doctorate — 1
  • Master of Nursing — 197
  • Baccalaureate — 234
  • Associate — 673
  • Diploma — 53
  • Practical Nursing — 162

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Fondiller, SH (March 2000). "A Retrospective on Civil Rights: Pride and Progress". Nursing and Health Care Perspectives. 21 (2): 62. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "National League for Nursing Records 1894-1952". National Library of Medicine. 
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