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National League for Nursing Announces 2019 Centers of Excellence™ (COE) in Nursing Education

August 2, 2019

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Michael Keaton
National League for Nursing Announces 2019 Centers of Excellence™ (COE) in Nursing Education

Nursing Programs, Teaching Hospitals & Clinical Sites Recognized for High Standards in Educational Excellence & Visionary Leadership
Washington, DC — Ten nursing programs from across the country and across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing as well as leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites have been named as 2019 National League for Nursing Centers of Excellence. Formal recognition of this prestigious designation will be made during the 2019 NLN Education Summit at National Harbor near Washington, D.C., at the Honors Convocation on Saturday, September 28. The Summit annually draws a large crowd of nurse faculty, deans, and administrators, and professionals from allied health organizations.

The 2019 NLN Centers of Excellence include:

Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • St. Joseph's College of Nursing
  • SUNY-Delhi
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Promoting Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty
  • Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing
  • University of West Georgia
  • Vanderbilt University
Advancing the Science of Nursing Education
  • Adelphi University
"On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I extend congratulations to these exceptional institutions that have been designated as 2019 NLN Centers of Excellence," said G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, NLN president and professor and associate vice chancellor/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "The individuals behind this label—faculty, deans, and administrators—deserve our deepest gratitude for creating and sustaining educational excellence in nursing. Centers of Excellence faculty and leadership bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education."

"Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence. These programs will nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

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.

For more information about the program and application requirements, including the 2020 timeline, visit here. For more information about the 2019 NLN Education Summit, visit

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