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Expectations Of COE-Designated Schools


A printer friendly-version of this information can be found on page 14 of the handbook.

  • Schools selected as NLN Centers of Excellence will be
    expected to participate in interviews about achievements
    related to each criterion, the impact the Center of
    Excellence designation had on student and faculty
    recruitment and retention, contributions to nursing
    science, and other relevant outcomes.
  • COE-designated schools are encouraged to continue
    the designation after the initial four year period. Schools
    that wish to continue this distinction for an additional
    four years should review the information about
    Continuing Designation
    . There is no limit to the
    number of times a school may submit an application
    for continuing designation as an NLN Center of
    Excellence in Nursing Education, and schools may hold
    designation in more than one category simultaneously.
  • Throughout the four years they carry designation as Center or Excellence, schools will be expected to be available to other schools seeking to improve their programs.
  • Before their four-year COE designation expires, these schools are required to submit (a) an abstract for presentation at an NLN Education Summit, and (b) a manuscript for review and possible publication in the NLN's journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. Both of these submissions must describe the school's activities related to the Centers of Excellence designation.
  • COE designated schools must be NLN members at time of application and are required to maintain NLN membership and accreditation throughout the designation cycle.

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