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Nursing Director to Receive National Award

Michelle L. Foley, program director of the nursing program run jointly by Middlesex County College and Raritan Bay Medical Center, will receive an Outstanding Leadership Award from the National League for Nursing (NLN). It will be presented prior to the opening of the NLN Education Summit on September 29 in Las Vegas.

Professor Foley served for four years as the president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, two years as president-elect, and she is now the treasurer, a position that will run through 2013.

"It's a very active professional association focusing on nurse education," she said. "We have accomplished a lot but it really has been a team effort. I'm honored and humbled to be recognized by colleagues and faculty with this award."

Tracey Siegel, a faculty member in the nursing department, nominated Professor Foley for the honor.

"This award is about leadership and Michelle is an amazing leader," Professor Siegel said. "She's a people person. She talks to everyone to gather consensus before she acts, but she's not afraid to make a decision."

Professor Siegel also saw Professor Foley's commitment to inclusion demonstrated as president of the state organization.

"Michelle was very inclusive," Professor Siegel said. "She feels strongly that all levels of nursing need to be at the table when we talk about the future of the profession. She is very supportive of all nursing education programs whether they are Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree or LPN programs."

She also said Professor Foley's excellent leadership skills were demonstrated as president of the New Jersey League for Nursing.

"During her tenure as president, she made great strides in increasing the visibility of the NJLN in the state," Professor Siegel said.

Professor Foley is one of two recipients of the leadership award. The other is Nancy Bittner of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.