Janice Ellis, PhD, RN received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with high distinc­tion, from the Univer­sity of Iowa in Iowa City, her Masters of Nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington, and her PhD in Nursing (focus on Adult Health) from the Univer­sity of Texas, Austin.

Janice has been in nursing educa­tion at Shore­line Commu­nity College for the last 35 of her 43 years in nursing. During those years which she began as a Clinical Instructor, she moved to Professor of Nursing, and finally is currently both the Director of Nursing Educa­tion and Assis­tant Division Chair. There are liter­ally thousands of nurses in this state and across the country and world who have been influ­enced by her instruc­tion. Throughout her career, she has partic­i­pated actively in nursing organi­za­tions and in leader­ship roles.

She has consis­tently demon­strated her support for ANA/WSNA/KCNA in her class­room instruc­tion. Every quarter for many years, Jan has invited a WSNA repre­sen­ta­tive into her class­room to speak to students about the profes­sional issues and the benefits of collec­tive bargaining. She has long supported taking the senior nursing students to WSNA Nurse Legisla­tive Day in Olympia to learn about legisla­tive issues and polit­ical action and has encour­aged both students and faculty to attend WSNA/KCNA activ­i­ties. She has not only artic­u­lated clearly to students the value of the profes­sional organi­za­tion, but she has also encour­aged member­ship and active participation.

Janice has been key person in improving the success rate for the ESL students in the Shore­line nursing program. She has always expressed a strong commit­ment to examining barriers to success that exist in our program or in our practice.

Janice was the co-director of a Kellogg Founda­tion Grant Commu­nity College-Nursing Home Partner­ship” whose purpose was to improve the care of the elderly through educa­tion. This program involved teaching faculty how to teach about care of older adults, how to integrate that content into nursing curriculum, and to dissem­i­nate that content to nursing home staff. As a result of that grant, Shore­line College has estab­lished strong relation­ships in the long-term care commu­nity, and the nursing gradu­ates have a solid founda­tion in gerontology.

Janice is recog­nized for her skills in critical thinking, negoti­a­tion, and analysis. She can move groups past unpro­duc­tive inter­ac­tions while commu­ni­cating respect for each individual’s viewpoint. She was recog­nized in 2000 with the Shore­line Commu­nity College Faculty Excel­lence Award.

Janice has been a Commis­sioner of the National League for Nursing Accred­i­ta­tion program since her election in 2001. As a Commis­sioner, she has respon­si­bility for accred­i­ta­tion decisions for the 200 programs reviewed each year, as well as accred­i­ta­tion policy and corpo­rate gover­nance matters. She is a very active, artic­u­late advocate for quality in all types of nursing educa­tion, and is committed to high standards and integrity in corpo­rate gover­nance. She demon­strates the best quali­ties of nursing educa­tion leader­ship. She has also served the National League for Nursing, now NLNAC, since 1985. She served on the council of Associate Degree Programs, a prede­cessor accred­iting organi­za­tion before NLNAC was created in 1997, serving on the Associate Degree Evalu­a­tion Review Panel for NLNAC from 1997 until her election to the Commis­sion in 2001. She has been an accred­i­ta­tion site visitor for at least one program yearly for nearly 20 years, a level of service and commit­ment to nursing educa­tion quality that is exemplary.

Since Jan’s promo­tion to the position of Director of the Shore­line Nursing Program eleven years ago, she has functioned as a leader to her faculty, a mentor for new faculty, a strate­gist and negotiator within the college, and as a respected member of the disci­pline in state, local and national nursing organi­za­tion activities.

To teach is to touch the future. To teach nursing for 35 years is to be a force in molding what nursing will be in the future. Janice Ellis instills in her students high standards for the profes­sion and for themselves as nurses. She commu­ni­cates a strong respect for the dignity of each individual and the value of a multi-cultural commu­nity. She walks the talk. She is a consum­mate nursing role model and students remember her for As you are taught, so will you teach.” Janice’s influ­ence will continue through her students for many, many years to come.