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NLN Announces 2021 Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education

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NLN Announces 2021 Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education

Ceremony Planned for Honors Convocation at 2021 NLN Education Summit
Washington, DC — Twenty-three nursing programs from across the country and across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites have been named 2021 National League for Nursing Centers of Excellence™. This year, Duke University earned the unusual distinction of qualifying in two categories, with two of its affiliated institutions, the university’s Health System and School of Nursing, designated as COEs. In addition, two campuses that belong to the University of North Carolina system, Greensboro and Wilmington, qualified as COEs in the same category.

Formal recognition will be made during the 2021 NLN Education Summit at the Honors Convocation on Saturday, September 25. A return to an in-person format after last year’s virtual Summit will provide an opportunity for real reconnection and celebration for all NLN honorees and award winners.

The 2021 Centers of Excellence include honorees in the following categories:

Promote the pedagogical expertise of faculty

• Emory University
• Samford University Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
• Uniformed Services University Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing
• University of Florida College of Nursing
• University of North Carolina-Greensboro
• University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Enhance student learning and professional development
• Belmont University
• Community College of Philadelphia
• Georgia College and State University School of Nursing
• Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing
• Morton College
• Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
• Rutgers, School of Nursing-Camden
• University of Alabama at Birmingham
• University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Nursing
• Ursuline College
• Western Governors University

Creating workplace environments that promote the academic progression of nurses
• Cleveland Clinic
• Duke University Health System
• The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City Division

Advance the science of nursing education
• Duke University School of Nursing
• Indiana University School of Nursing
• University of Texas at Arlington-College of Nursing and Health Innovation

NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group said, “It’s no secret that a team of scholars and visionary leaders co-collaborate to create and sustain educational excellence. Those individuals—faculty, academic leaders and staff —deserve our deepest gratitude. Centers of Excellence faculty and leadership bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education. Our deepest thanks to all of them for doing so.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FANN, said, “National League for Nursing Centers of Excellence 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.”

Since 2004, the League 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, student learning and professional development, and academic progression in nursing. Historically, a number of programs have achieved recognition in multiple categories or, once designated, have maintained their COE status through multiple award cycles.

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