National League for Nursing - Excellence Initiatives
Purpose & Goals
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The NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education Program is designed
to recognize schools* of nursing that have achieved a level of excellence in
one of three designated areas.
This recognition is designed to distinguish those
schools that: demonstrate sustained, evidence-based, and substantive innovation
in the selected area; conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness
of such innovation; set high standards for themselves; and are committed to
continuous quality improvement. Such recognition indicates a commitment by the
school as a whole to pursue and sustain excellence in student learning and professional
development, development of faculty expertise in pedagogy, or advancing the
science of nursing education.
The designation of a school as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
is a voluntary process that involves preparation of material by the school itself
and peer review. Recognizing the uniqueness of each school relative to its mission,
the Centers of Excellence Program sets high standards and serves to truly distinguish
and publicly recognize those schools that excel in a particular area. The goals
of the program, therefore, are as follows:
- Identify and reward those schools that excel in creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development, promote the pedagogical expertise of faculty, or advance the science of nursing education.
- Encourage faculty to continually improve their schools.
- Encourage research in nursing education.
- Facilitate discussions among faculty, students, program graduates, and employers about excellence in nursing education and how to promote it.
- Encourage the development of innovative schools that attract and retain highly qualified students and faculty.
- Facilitate positive changes that re-form nursing education based on the application of evidence gleaned from research in practice and education.
- Influence the development of public policies that benefit nursing education, support nursing education research, and promote excellence in nursing education.
*For this program, "school" includes any designation for the nursing unit in
the institution (i.e., College of Nursing, School of Nursing, Department of
Nursing, Division of Nursing, etc.); "program" refers to the particular type
of nursing program (i.e., practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate,
master's, or doctoral), offered by the "school."
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