National League for Nursing - Excellence Initiatives
2009-2012 Centers of Excellence Designees
The Brookdale Community College Nursing Program is an
established associate degree program in northern New Jersey
that has been in existence since the late sixties. Engaged in self-reflection
and lifelong learning, faculty are committed to the improvement of student success.
They consider themselves “expert learners” whose collective trust
and collaboration have empowered them to create a paradigm shift in their beliefs
about teaching and learning. Through mutual sharing and supportive teamwork,
and the embrace of a narrative inquiry approach to their role, they have succeeded
in facilitating student-centered learning and handing down their expertise,
traditions, values, and knowledge to future generations of nurses.
The narrative inquiry approach to nursing education is focused on the reflection
of lived experiences of both faculty and students as explicated in their stories
and in the faculty’s ability to weave together narrative, theory, and
evidence-based practice. It gives contour to life experience. The use of collaboration,
learner centeredness, story sharing, and reflective thinking focuses students
on their patients’ unique stories in relation to their own professional
journeys. This affective “high touch” component of narrative pedagogy
balances the technology-rich learning environment in the Brookdale nursing curriculum.
The faculty at Brookdale Community demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to
a collective vision of excellence and have excelled in incorporating narrative
pedagogy into not only the curriculum, but also the development of faculty.
It is with great pleasure that the National League for Nursing awards the Centers
of Excellence designation for Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical
Expertise of Faculty to Brookdale Community College.
hospital School of Nursing
The diploma program at Christ Hospital School of Nursing has
a longstanding history of success in nursing education, having adapted to rapid
changes in health care and to the changing demography of its home in New Jersey.
The school provides an overwhelming number of resources to support minority
students to be successful, and it offers optimal flexibility for students via
an articulation option. Through a nurturing learning environment, faculty provide
mentoring, tutoring, and counseling and thus foster a sense of family.
Faculty at the Christ Hospital School of Nursing facilitate the translation
of academic principles into the practice setting by encouraging students to
be active participants in their own learning experiences. Using a variety of
evidence-based teaching strategies with a focus on the learner, faculty ensure
that the curricula is current and relevant. An overarching embrace of the guiding
principle of family, coupled with student-centered teaching, prepares nurse
graduates who are caring, compassionate, and technologically savvy.
The school’s commitment to lifelong learning and the promotion of professional
development of faculty is demonstrated by the fact that almost 50 percent of
the faculty hold the Certified Nurse Educator credential. It is clear that the
Christ Hospital School of Nursing has created and sustained an Environment that
Promotes Student Learning and Professional Development, and the National League
for Nursing is proud to award them designation as an NLN Center of Excellence
in Nursing Education.
School of Nursing
Designation as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education was well deserved
when it was bestowed upon Indiana University School of Nursing
in 2006. As a result of the sustained, exceptional work of faculty in Creating
Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty, the honor continues
to be well deserved.
Indiana faculty have continued to develop their reputation for teaching excellence,
providing national leadership in developing and evaluating creative, learner-centered
teaching strategies. Through the use of innovative pedagogies that recognize
the talents of students, faculty, and staff, they foster learning environments
that enable student achievement of program outcomes. And their commitment to
teaching excellence positively influences their students’ professional
development and the development of the science of nursing education within the
The establishment of the Center for Nursing Education Research at Indiana University
School of Nursing demonstrates a commitment to the support of faculty who are
engaged in pedagogical research and the scholarship of teaching. As a result
of concerted efforts to consistently support faculty in their quest for excellence
in research, education, and practice, this school boasts a highly productive
faculty committed to sharing their successes with others. This is evidenced
through the faculty’s sustained record of scholarly achievements in the
area of teaching excellence.
It is clear that the school of nursing at Indiana University has created and
sustained environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty. The
National League for Nursing is proud to continue their designation as an NLN
Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
Shadyside School of Nursing
Affiliated with the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is
the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. With more than 400 students
and 45 faculty, this diploma program has experienced national recognition as
a result of various initiatives, including academic partnerships in both the
Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) and Quality and Safety Education for
Nursing (QSEN) projects. Inspired by the TCAB and QSEN principles, the faculty
at UPMC Shadyside share a collective vision of preparing a safe and reliable
graduate. This vision is reflected in all components of the program.
The school’s focus on student-centered learning is strengthened by a
formalized plan for strong student support services. Collaboration among faculty,
students, and clinical partners results in innovation while ensuring commitment
to quality and safety in education. Faculty who promote the scholarship of teaching
are recognized and rewarded through the school’s Faculty Advancement Program,
which supports dynamic student learning environments through the encouragement
of and incentives for faculty creativity and continued learning.
It is clear that UPMC Shadyside is dedicated to student success and satisfaction,
and that its commitment to student learning and professional development remains
The National League for Nursing congratulates the UPMC Shadyside School of
Nursing on earning the designation as an NLN Center of Excellence. We are inspired
by your commitment to your students, your efforts to advance excellence in nursing
education, and your exemplary leadership in the field.
University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
It is with great pleasure that the National League for Nursing awards continuing
designation as an NLN Center of Excellence to the University of Oklahoma
College of Nursing. Since receiving initial designation in 2006 for
their excellent work in Creating Environments that Promote Student Learning
and Professional Development, the students and faculty in this school have sustained
and, indeed, enhanced excellence.
Guided by the school’s commitment to teaching, research, and service,
faculty are leaders in online distance education and are dedicated to evidence-based
teaching and nursing practice. Through strong educational partnerships with
community agencies and clinical partners, they direct their energies toward
providing flexible programs and creative teaching strategies. Active partners
in their students’ success, faculty provide choices for their students,
striving to individualize student learning, foster creativity and empowerment,
and promote active student engagement in developing the next generation of health
Faculty at the Oklahoma University College of Nursing set high standards for
their students, yet provide an atmosphere that nurtures each student’s
professional development Clearly they continue to create environments that promote
student learning and professional development.
The National League for Nursing is pleased to bestow upon the University of
Oklahoma College of Nursing the continued privilege of designation as a Center
of Excellence in Nursing Education… a school that can be held up as exemplary.
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