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Student “Excellence Paper” Competition



Lauren Knepper, 2016 NLN COE Student Essay Award Winner

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Excellence Paper Competition is to provide students enrolled in NLN Center of Excellence (COE) schools with the opportunity to reflect on and share their thinking about excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence, and what it means to them to be part of a COE school.

Criteria

  • Submitted papers will be evaluated by NLN members who were involved in designing this competition using the following criteria:
  • The paper clearly focuses on excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence, and what it means to be part of a COE school
  • The paper conveys a powerful story about excellence from a student's point of view
  • Specific examples from the student's educational environment are included
  • The quality of writing is at a level of excellence
  • All format guidelines are followed

Timeline

April 1st

The single paper from each COE school, along with a photo of the student who wrote that paper, to be submitted to the NLN in electronic format by the dean/director of the school or a faculty member

April/May

All submissions are reviewed, recommendations are submitted to the NLN's President and CEO, and letters regarding the outcome of the competition are sent

September

Author of the "winning" paper is presented at the Summit and receives a certificate of recognition

November/December

"Winning" paper is published in the the winter edition of the NLN Report.

COE Student Paper Competition Winners

 

Winners

 2016

Name

Lauren Knepper

School

Saint Xavier University

         2015 Dolly Vo
Johns Hopkins University

2014

Danielle Rourke

Duke University

2013

Mary-Claire Rocha

Villanova University

2012

William Rosa

Hunter-Bellevue

2011

Tuesday Majors

Indiana University School of Nursing

2010

Amelia M. Wodzinski

Duquesne University

2009

Jeanne B. Jenkins

University of North Carolina Greensboro

2008

Cindy H. Sinkey

University of South Dakota Pierre Campus

2007

Crystal House

University of North Carolina Greensboro