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Nursing Education National League for Nursing - Excellence Initiatives

2009-2012 Centers of Excellence Designees

Brookdale Community College


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.

Christ 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.

Indiana University 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 profession.

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.

UPMC 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 strong.

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 care leaders.

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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