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ARLINGTON - UT Arlington College of Nursing Associate Dean Beth Mancini is one of a dozen educators from across the United States who will be inducted later this year into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

Beth Mancini

Beth Mancini

Mancini, chair of undergraduate nursing programs at The University of Texas at Arlington, is an internationally recognized expert in resuscitation education for health care personnel and the community. Already a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is president-elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has led the way in using academic partnerships to rapidly increase UT Arlington’s enrollment in response to the state’s nursing shortage.

“Dr. Mancini is viewed as a leader not only for her successful innovations in education but also for her willingness to question ritual and tradition in order to create a vision for the future,” UT Arlington College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster wrote in support of Mancini’s induction as a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. “She willingly disseminates the lessons learned in these program innovations and mentors others to do the same.”

The National League of Nursing established the Academy of Nursing Education to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators, according to the League. Fellows are chosen through a competitive process. Once selected, they support the mission of the NLN, assist in the work required to prepare graduates from all types of nursing programs and serve as resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nursing faculty.

Mancini spent 18 years as a top nursing administrator at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas before joining the faculty at UT Arlington full-time in 2004. She has held numerous other leadership positions in the health care community, including co-chair of the Education Task Force for the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation, chair of the Texas Nurses Association’s Education Committee and board member of the Health Industry Council of Texas. Mancini is also an American Heart Association fellow.

At UT Arlington, Mancini has led the undergraduate program through the implementation of its innovative online Academic Partnership program. UT Arlington’s College of Nursing has an enrollment of more than 6,600 and is one of the 10 largest nursing schools in the U.S. The undergraduate nursing program at UT Arlington is recognized as one of only nine “high-performing” nursing schools by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, with a graduation and state licensure exam pass rate of more than 90 percent.

“I am honored to be recognized for my work in advancing nursing education,” Mancini said. “The environment at The University of Texas at Arlington and the College of Nursing support innovation in education and have been instrumental in the activities and achievements being recognized with my induction into the Academy.”

Mancini will be honored as a new fellow at the 2011 NLN Education Summit this fall in Orlando, Fla. She is the fourth UT Arlington faculty member to be recognized by the Academy of Nursing Education. Associate Professor Judy LeFlore, UT Arlington's director of pediatric, acute care pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs, was named a fellow last year. Mary Lou Bond, professor and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, and Assistant Professor Mindi Anderson were previously named fellows.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research institution of 33,800 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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