The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) has selected Professor Madelyn Danner, Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Harford Community College, as the recipient of the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award for 2018. The award was announced at the Maryland Nurses Association’s 115th Annual Convention at Martin’s West on November 1.

This award is presented to an MNA member who has demonstrated excellence in nursing education, continuing education, or staff development. It is given to a nurse educator who has provided others with exceptional educational opportunities.

Danner has demonstrated her passion for teaching during her 13+ years at the College as an educational innovator, bringing the best nursing practices to her classroom. She has created an active-learning classroom in which she uses multi-modal methods, including film case study analysis, peer feedback, and games to teach higher level application to senior nursing students. In a presentation titled “Active Learning: Moving the Student from Theory to Application” to the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of Community College Teaching Conference in 2017, Danner discussed her methods.

She has also demonstrated leadership in service learning and community outreach. Danner leads students in a capstone service learning project to underserved communities through Remote Area Medical. The students work with other health care providers to provide medical and dental assistance to communities in isolated rural areas such as Appalachia. In addition, she provides global nursing enrichment and service learning opportunities through a nursing practicum experience she designed that sends students to Belize to practice and assist local communities.

In 2014, Danner published a study, “Comparisons of 1 Long vs 2 Shorter Clinical Days on Clinical Learning Outcomes of Nursing Students” that filled a gap in the literature; no previous research demonstrated the direct effect of nursing clinicals’ length on student outcomes.

A well-respected educator, she is instrumental in mentoring junior faculty. She is also active in her MNA district where she proposed and executed new District 7 scholarships. Promoting the baccalaureate degree, the only scholarship application requirement is that the student must be enrolled in the second semester transition to BSN program at Harford Community College or Cecil College. One scholarship is awarded annually to each school.