| Washington, DC, August 14, 2017 - Fifteen nursing programs nationwide, across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites,
have been chosen NLN Centers of Excellence, the National League for Nursing has announced. These programs will be formally recognized at the NLN's 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, part of a special honors convocation that precedes the President's Gala Reception on Saturday, September 16. The annual Summit draws a capacity crowd of nurse faculty, deans, and administrators, and professionals from allied health organizations.
The biggest segment of 2017 COEs, seven schools, have been chosen for Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development. Two are continuing in this category from their previous designation - Ball State University and the University of Kansas; five are new designees this year: Emory; Purdue; Rush; and Washington State Universities; and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Four of the 2017 COEs have been chosen for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education, three of them continuing designees: Kent State; Villanova; and Widener Universities. The fourth, Duke University, newly designated in this category, is also a continuing COE for Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty. Being named in two categories in the same application cycle is a remarkable distinction. Other COEs recognized for Promoting Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty this year are: Indiana University, which is continuing, and Samford University in Alabama, a new designee in 2017.
Norton Healthcare Institute and the Cleveland Clinic are cited for Creating Workplace Environments that Promote the Academic Progression of Nurses.
"COEs help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," remarked NLN president Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN. "I look forward to applauding the faculty, deans, and administrators who make it possible for a program to achieve coveted COE status."
Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, "The NLN counts on the Centers of Excellence to serve as exemplars of the NLN's core values: caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. COE faculty bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education. They are expected to provide guidance and be available as sounding boards to other nursing programs that aim to be named an NLN COE."
Each year since 2004, the NLN has invited nursing schools to apply to become a COE, based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Schools, and since 2012, health care institutions within the category Creating Workplace Environments that Promote Academic Progression of Nurses, must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement.
A research brief published in the September-October 2016 edition of Nursing Education Perspectives, "Intersection of Quality and Excellence: Characteristics of Redesignated NLN Centers of Excellence" (Deborah Merriman, et al), examines strategies and resources utilized by six schools that have had repeated success in the COE application cycle, demonstrating how they have sustained environments that enhance student learning and professional development.
Applications are being accepted for 2018 COE designation until October 15, 2017.
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