National League for Nursing - Excellence Initiatives
2007-2010 Centers of Excellence Designees
Villanova University College of Nursing
The faculty of the College of Nursing at Villanova University provide
a values-based education that is rooted in a faith-based, intellectual tradition.
Their belief that an emphasis on liberal arts and sciences education is central
to formation of the intellectual, personal, social, and spiritual development
of students in undergraduate and graduate programs provides the context for
learning nursing, and they design educational experiences to enhance such development.
Through international experiences, students develop a global perspective and
provide service to diverse cultures and underserved populations. Through close
mentoring relationships between faculty and students and attention to fostering
the development of students as leaders in the profession, learners and teachers
alike influence the profession at regional and national levels. Through innovative,
inventive, and evidence-based teaching-learning experiences that are implemented
in technology-driven clinical simulation laboratories and small group learning
environments, student learning is enhanced. And within environments that foster
respect, trust and empowerment, excellence is clearly evident.
The Villanova University College of Nursing was among the first group of schools
to be named an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. That honor was
well deserved when it was bestowed in 2004, and as a result of the sustained
exceptional work of faculty and students in Creating Environments that Promote
Student Learning and Professional Development, the honor continues to be well
University of South Dakota Department of Nursing
Since receiving initial designation in 2004 for their excellent work in Creating
Environments that Promote Student Learning and Professional Development, the
students and faculty in this school have sustained and enhanced excellence.
The National League for Nursing therefore awarded continuing designation as
an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education 2007-2010 to the University
of South Dakota Department of Nursing.
Guided by a strong desire to contribute to the university’s vision of
being the best publicly-funded small university in the nation and the best publicly-funded
associate degree nursing program in the nation, the nursing faculty at the University
of South Dakota direct their energies toward providing a quality, learner-centered
educational experience for their students. They make exquisite use of technology
to reach students across a vast geographical area, they partner with students
to create a community of active co-learners, and they emphasize thinking and
responsibility for one’s own learning.
The non-traditional learners from diverse backgrounds who enroll at this school
challenge faculty to be creative in their approaches to teaching and learning,
to design and implement a highly flexible curriculum, to understand and respond
to individual learning needs, and to design experiences that develop self-awareness,
facilitate respect, and demonstrate caring. Without question, faculty rise to
that challenge again and again. The exemplary leadership of faculty and the
generous spirit of students exemplify professionalism and inspire engagement
in civic activities, provision of community service, and pursuit of professional
Saint Xavier University School of Nursing
The Saint Xavier University School of Nursing, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy,
is the oldest comprehensive baccalaureate program in Illinois. It graduates
the highest percentage of African-American and Hispanic nurses of any school
of nursing in the state and offers undergraduate and graduate programs that
respond to the changing needs of students and communities through unique initiatives.
The designation of the Saint Xavier University School of Nursing as an NLN
Center of Excellence in Nursing Education was awarded for their exceptional
and sustained efforts to Create Environments that Promote Student Learning and
Professional Development. Through promotion of a culture of intentional caring,
which is based on a collective vision of a supportive and collegial environment,
students are challenged and helped to meet their full potential.
Despite minimal external funding, faculty exploit their creativity and take
risks to create and test innovative pedagogical approaches designed to enhance
student learning. They use findings from research as they develop new approaches,
and these evidence-based initiatives support students’ efforts to query
and reflect more deeply on professional values and concerns. The story told
by this school of nursing is a powerful narrative of the significance of person,
the importance of values, and the primacy of caring.
Community College of Philadelphia Department of Nursing
The Community College of Philadelphia Department of Nursing was one of the first
schools to be designated as a Center of Excellence in 2004, and after a rigorous
review of their new application, that honor continues for 2007-2010.
The collective vision of faculty in the Department of Nursing is based on a
shared commitment to student success. This vision incorporates support of students,
service to the local community and to the profession, and scholarship that includes
evidence-based practice, evaluation of student learning, and discovery of factors
that impact student learning. There is no question that the primary concern
of this faculty group is student success.
Through faculty-student interactions, student engagement, collaboration to
improve the health of vulnerable populations in Center City Philadelphia and
commitment, the nursing faculty of the Community College of Philadelphia document
the extensive support they provide to students through mentoring, interactive
learning, and impressive student/faculty partnerships that individualize learning.
Through the productive and fulfilling partnerships with health care institutions
and a variety of traditional and innovative community-based facilities, service
is provided to highly vulnerable populations throughout the city.
Students and faculty alike are committed to excellence, and their combined
efforts related to support, service, and scholarship are making a difference
in the lives of the students and those to whom they provide care. The Department
of Nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia has created and sustained
an Environment that Promotes Student Learning and Professional Development.
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