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Dominican Brother Honored for Contributions to Nursing Education

Br. Ignatius Perkins, OP, dean of nursing at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., has been inducted as a fellow into the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education. The National League for Nursing established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007, according to the college's press release, to promote excellence in nursing education "by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education." The release notes that Brother Ignatius is being recognized for his "contributions to the nursing education community that arise from the unity of his life as a Dominican Friar and his life as a nurse educator. This unity is grounded in the natural law and the first principle of the Catholic moral tradition: protecting and defending the dignity, freedom and promoting flourishing of the human person."
As a newly named fellow, Brother Ignatius has been lauded for his innovative teaching/learning strategies; faculty development; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and collaborative educational, practice and community partnerships. ... His contributions to nursing education span forty years as an educator, administrator, researcher, clinician and ethicist in schools of nursing and among many diverse clinical partners who bring healing, hope and human flourishing to the sick, each one a masterpiece of God’s creative genius.  He has influenced the transformation of schools of nursing into cultures of learning and caring so that students, faculty and staff develop a new set of virtuous characteristics and embrace a new vision that he defines as the Perkins Transformation Nursing Model (TNM) that emphasizes dignity, vulnerability, compassion and presence, all leading toward human flourishing in the healing relationship in nursing. ... When asked what the Fellowship meant to him Brother Ignatius responded, “For me it is a special privilege to be honored by the National League for Nursing, my trusted and admired colleagues, who work at the same bench I do called nursing. These colleagues, with whom I have worked these many years, are also similarly honored by this Fellowship. The privileged work of caring for others, affirming their dignity and promoting their flourishing, can never be accomplished alone. Nursing, in all of its many domains, is a noble symphony always expressed with the belief that the centerpiece of this dynamic encounter is centered in the human person in need of healing and hope.”
Read more from Aquinas College here. Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

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