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The ILN, together with the National League for Nursing, is the voice of nursing education today.

The ILN works towards improving nursing education and practice by:

Providing a network for collaboration

Providing information regarding upcoming educational opportunities for nurse


Providing scholarships and grants annually to faculty and students

ILN News

Educational Agency Memberships


Now available to all nursing programs in Iowa. All full time and adjunct faculty

become ILN members for a year and have access to webinars and workshops.


Upcoming Annual Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 2:00 - 3:00 via Zoom

Upcoming Webinar

Preparing New BSN Graduates for NGN NCLEX and Clinical Practice 

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 3-5 p.m. 

Purpose: Preparing nursing students for the RN licensure exam is an essential role of pre-licensure nurse educators. This presentation supports the National League for Nursing's mission to promote "excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community."


Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

1. Develop a process for preparing pre-licensure students for NGN NCLEX and clinical practice.

2. Recommend strategies for pre-licensure student retention and engagements for successful completion of nursing program.

3. Discuss innovative approaches that can be implemented throughout the nursing program to enhance clinical judgement.


Presented By: Sarah Steele, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE and Anne Weepie, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Registration & Cost: $40 for non-ILN member attendees; $20 for non-agency ILN members, no charge for educational agency members.  Registration Form

Registrants will be contacted by the Iowa League for Nursing with details about payment and participation. Contact with questions. Credit: This program has been approved for 2 Contact Hour through Allen College, Iowa Board of Nursing provider #127. Participants must attend the entire session to receive credit

Scholarship and Grant recipients 2022

Courtney M. Ott MSN, BS, RN  Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA

Faculty, Undergraduate Nursing Program 

Courtney’s DNP Project is titled The Utilization of Coping Techniques to Improve Stress and Anxiety Experienced by Undergraduate Nursing Students. As an educator, she has recognized that the effects of stress and anxiety can negatively impact the physical and mental health of undergraduate nursing students along with their social dynamics. Courtney’s project is focused on implementing interventions within the undergraduate nursing curricula to improve the well-being and academic success of students. She believes that assisting student nurses to understand and recognize the demands of their role is critical, along with learning how to use self-care tools, meditation, mindfulness, and reflective skills.

Sandra Scholten FNP, RN Briar Cliff University Recently, I transitioned to a full-time teaching role at Briar Cliff University. The change in work setting and role has meant a change in the amount of CME reimbursement. I am applying for the ILN Professional Development Grant to pay for CME conferences this fall. I plan on attending the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Conference virtually in September and the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society (INPS) Conference in early November.INPS also connects students with practicing NPs for preceptorships. Teaching and lifelong learning are two things that I hold in high regard and as such I must continue to attend conferences, network, and pass on my knowledge to future NPs.


Scholarship and Grant recipients 2023

Deb Kleinwolterink, MSN, RN Dordt University I am currently pursuing my DNP in Transformational Leadership at Morningside University.  I will use the scholarship from the Iowa League for Nursing to offset the costs of obtaining my degree. Thank you for the support and assistance in obtaining my degree


Melanie Wynja, DNP, RN, CHSE Dordt University   The grant will be used for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)’s 24th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare: IMSH 2024: Innovate. Disseminate. Educate. Advocate.The conference will take place January 20-24, 2024, in San Diego, California. The conference will allow for current knowledge to be gained and shared on best practices in simulation education. I will be both attending to learn and submitting a panel presentation to share simulation experiences



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