Shelton named to national nursing academy

Research helps keep student retention rates high

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National League for Nursing has named Elisabeth “Betty” Shelton, Ph.D., to the Academy of Nursing Education. Shelton is the associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs of the West Virginia University School of Nursing.

Shelton was chosen based on her academic leadership and research. She is the creator of two tools designed to curb the dropout rate of nursing students, in use around the country: the Shelton Model of Student Retention and the Perceived Faculty Support Scale.

With the model, colleges can increase their retention rates by assessing students’ traits such as persistence and commitment and providing the support students need to stay in school. The scale measures the students’ perceptions of how helpful a faculty member is in challenging them, providing feedback and helping with their studies.

The National League for Nursing’s third class of 21 fellows represents 20 schools of nursing throughout the United States.
"We are proud of the visionary leadership these fellows represent,” said board president Elaine Tagliareni, Ed.D. “They serve as important role models to anyone aspiring to make a difference in nursing education and ultimately to the delivery of healthcare in the United States."

In nominating Shelton, WVU School of Nursing Dean Georgia Narsavage, Ph.D., wrote: “She is a creative nurse educator who identifies new solutions to existing problems.” Narsavage noted that the WVU School of Nursing’s retention rate is high – 90 percent – and the Shelton Model of Student Retention has allowed students to earn nursing degrees who would otherwise not have been able to do so.

Elisabeth “Betty” Shelton, Ph.D.

Shelton has presented the model and scale at national conferences, and her research on student retention has been published in the Journal of Nursing Education.

“Sometimes when students are in danger of dropping out, if we can provide the right kind of support, they can be successful,” Shelton said.

Shelton will be inducted as a fellow into the academy during the National League for Nursing’s annual education summit in Philadelphia in September.

The National League for Nursing established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education.



For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 06-15-09

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