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 educa¬≠tion at Shore¬≠line Commu¬≠nity 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 Educa¬≠tion and Assis¬≠tant Division Chair. There are liter¬≠ally thousands of nurses in this state and across the country and world who have been influ¬≠enced by her instruc¬≠tion. Throughout her career, she has partic¬≠i¬≠pated actively in nursing organi¬≠za¬≠tions and in leader¬≠ship roles.

She has consis¬≠tently demon¬≠strated her support for ANA/WSNA/KCNA in her class¬≠room instruc¬≠tion. Every quarter for many years, Jan has invited a WSNA repre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tive into her class¬≠room to speak to students about the profes¬≠sional issues and the benefits of collec¬≠tive bargaining. She has long supported taking the senior nursing students to WSNA Nurse Legisla¬≠tive Day in Olympia to learn about legisla¬≠tive issues and polit¬≠ical action and has encour¬≠aged both students and faculty to attend WSNA/KCNA activ¬≠i¬≠ties. She has not only artic¬≠u¬≠lated clearly to students the value of the profes¬≠sional organi¬≠za¬≠tion, but she has also encour¬≠aged member¬≠ship and active participation.

Janice has been key person in improving the success rate for the ESL students in the Shore¬≠line nursing program. She has always expressed a strong commit¬≠ment to examining barriers to success that exist in our program or in our practice.

Janice was the co-director of a Kellogg Founda¬≠tion Grant ‚Äč‚ÄúCommu¬≠nity College-Nursing Home Partner¬≠ship‚ÄĚ whose purpose was to improve the care of the elderly through educa¬≠tion. This program involved teaching faculty how to teach about care of older adults, how to integrate that content into nursing curriculum, and to dissem¬≠i¬≠nate that content to nursing home staff. As a result of that grant, Shore¬≠line College has estab¬≠lished strong relation¬≠ships in the long-term care commu¬≠nity, and the nursing gradu¬≠ates have a solid founda¬≠tion in gerontology.

Janice is recog¬≠nized for her skills in critical thinking, negoti¬≠a¬≠tion, and analysis. She can move groups past unpro¬≠duc¬≠tive inter¬≠ac¬≠tions while commu¬≠ni¬≠cating respect for each individual‚Äôs viewpoint. She was recog¬≠nized in 2000 with the Shore¬≠line Commu¬≠nity College Faculty Excel¬≠lence Award.

Janice has been a Commis¬≠sioner of the National League for Nursing Accred¬≠i¬≠ta¬≠tion program since her election in 2001. As a Commis¬≠sioner, she has respon¬≠si¬≠bility for accred¬≠i¬≠ta¬≠tion decisions for the 200 programs reviewed each year, as well as accred¬≠i¬≠ta¬≠tion policy and corpo¬≠rate gover¬≠nance matters. She is a very active, artic¬≠u¬≠late advocate for quality in all types of nursing educa¬≠tion, and is committed to high standards and integrity in corpo¬≠rate gover¬≠nance. She demon¬≠strates the best quali¬≠ties of nursing educa¬≠tion leader¬≠ship. She has also served the National League for Nursing, now NLNAC, since 1985. She served on the council of Associate Degree Programs, a prede¬≠cessor accred¬≠iting organi¬≠za¬≠tion before NLNAC was created in 1997, serving on the Associate Degree Evalu¬≠a¬≠tion Review Panel for NLNAC from 1997 until her election to the Commis¬≠sion in 2001. She has been an accred¬≠i¬≠ta¬≠tion site visitor for at least one program yearly for nearly 20 years, a level of service and commit¬≠ment to nursing educa¬≠tion quality that is exemplary.

Since Jan‚Äôs promo¬≠tion to the position of Director of the Shore¬≠line Nursing Program eleven years ago, she has functioned as a leader to her faculty, a mentor for new faculty, a strate¬≠gist and negotiator within the college, and as a respected member of the disci¬≠pline in state, local and national nursing organi¬≠za¬≠tion 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 profes¬≠sion and for themselves as nurses. She commu¬≠ni¬≠cates a strong respect for the dignity of each individual and the value of a multi-cultural commu¬≠nity. She walks the talk. She is a consum¬≠mate nursing role model and students remember her for ‚Äč‚ÄúAs you are taught, so will you teach.‚ÄĚ Janice‚Äôs influ¬≠ence will continue through her students for many, many years to come.