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2010-2015 Centers of Excellence Designees

The Community College of Philadelphia

The Community College of Philadelphia, the city’s only public, two-year college, is the largest single point of entry into higher education for minorities in Pennsylvania. Appointed an NLN Center of Excellence in 2004 and again in 2007, the Community College of Philadelphia continues to embrace the standards of excellence inherent in the Center of Excellence program, creating a caring environment that is intellectually and culturally dynamic.

Educating an underserved population with limited resources, faculty challenge their students to develop a sense of inquiry and curiosity, and to choose a road that immerses them in opportunities for learning and growth. By teaching students “how to learn,” they educate nurses who will embrace evidence-based practice, best practices, technology, and lifelong learning.

Through the support of students, service to the local community, and commitment to scholarship, faculty at the Community College of Philadelphia engage in activities to foster student success. Mentoring and interactive, individualized learning strategies promote faculty-student partnerships. Partnerships with multiple agencies within the community provide service to vulnerable, urban populations. The School of Nursing’s commitment to scholarship is demonstrated through creative curricular design, the promotion of student inquiry, and research to determine the impact of innovation on student learning.

It is clear that the School of Nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia has created and sustained environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development. The National League for Nursing is pleased to bestow upon them the privilege of designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the third time! We are delighted that Dr. Barbara McLaughlin and five other representatives of the school are here to celebrate this designation and we congratulate all of you for the exceptional work you continue to do.

The University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota was one of the first schools designated as an NLN Center of Excellence in 2004 and was awarded continuing designation in 2007. Located in a rural state, the nursing department has developed an innovative, user-friendly educational delivery system designed to eliminate learner access barriers. The school’s associate degree program is offered on four campuses and via a distance-based structure to provide highly effective efforts to enhance student learning.

With an emphasis on learning through the use of technology-based teaching and learning modalities, faculty engage students in an active learning process. Through the use of multiple educational strategies that enhance clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, students are helped to reach their highest potential and develop professional values and an appreciation of life-long learning. Student-faculty partnerships promote a community of active learners in an environment of mutual respect.

Delivery of the nursing program on five campuses across South Dakota has created a myriad of opportunities for innovative and collaborative work. Faculty and students from each campus work in partnership with clinical partners to craft unique, evidence-based learning experiences that contribute to student success. Virtual meetings between faculty and students allow for visual and verbal connectivity that would otherwise not be possible.

The National League for Nursing is pleased to bestow upon the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing — a school that can be held up as exemplary — the continued privilege of designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Debra Leners and her colleagues on their third designation as an NLN Center of Excellence for Creating Environments that Promote Student Learning and Professional Development.

2010-2013 Centers of Excellence Designees

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University, founded in 1935, is the oldest comprehensive baccalaureate program in Illinois. The School of Nursing in this co-educational, urban university is grounded in the Mercy tradition, and with its many years of experience in nursing education, links innovation and concern for community to graduate exemplary nurses prepared to serve the global community.

The School of Nursing has created an environment that enhances student learning and professional development through its commitment to the institutional mission to “search for the truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.” This environment is marked by a spirit of educational innovation and supported by a strong, collective vision among faculty to meet the learning needs of each student through a “Culture of Intentional Caring”.

Student-centered educational practices and an environment that nurtures excellence are evident in the students’ pursuit of academic excellence. Faculty, dedicated to the academic success of every student, continually examine and refine their teaching methodologies. They set high standards for their students, yet provide an atmosphere that nurtures each student’s professional development. Meaningful relationships that foster and facilitate learning are evident between and among faculty and students.

The National League for Nursing is pleased to bestow upon Saint Xavier University the continued privilege of designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in the category, Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development. We are delighted that Dr. Gloria Jacobson and four other representatives of the school are here to celebrate this designation and we congratulate all of you for the exceptional work you continue to do.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

It is with great pleasure that the National League for Nursing awards designation as an NLN Center of Excellence to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. This privately endowed institution in Baltimore, Maryland, and its baccalaureate, master’s, PhD, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are recognized for excellence in educating nurses who set the highest standards for patient care and become innovative national and international leaders.

Guided by the schools’ commitment to excellence, respect, diversity, integrity, and accountability, faculty partner with students to design innovative, personalized curricula. Active partners in their students’ success, faculty provide experiences to develop professional values and socialize students to new roles, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong learning, and creativity. By focusing on pedagogies that foster collaboration, cultural competence, self-directed learning, and problem-based learning, the school has developed innovative program designs that help students across all programs develop knowledge and skills for use in practice.

John Hopkins Nursing has a long history of collaboration, both formal and informal, that nurtures the appetite for learning and the exchange of ideas. In this way, the School of Nursing facilitates excellence in evidence-based practice, teaching, and research. Faculty and students work together across all programs and disciplines to ensure a rich, shared learning experience in which participants challenge each other to deeper insights.

The National League for Nursing is pleased to bestow upon the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing the privilege of designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. We are delighted that Dr. Pamela Jefferies and a number of representatives of the school are here to celebrate this designation and we congratulate all of you for the exceptional work you do.

Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing

The Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing, located in the heart of New York City, is a unit of Hunter College, the largest senior college within the City University of New York. Celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the baccalaureate degree in 2009, Hunter Bellevue offers three undergraduate programs and a multi-track graduate program. The School of Nursing was recently reestablished as an independent administrative unit within the College and has been actively engaged in creating a sustained environment of educational excellence.

Innovative pedagogies, based on evidence, are a key feature of the Hunter Bellevue curriculum. Faculty have fully integrated these pedagogies, along with technological learning strategies, across all programs to enhance student learning end ensure student success. The competency-based, spiral curriculum, which is learner centered and technology based, facilitates deep learning and has led to the graduation of students who are engaged and empowered to pursue individual interests. Service-learning educational experiences improve student engagement in activities that enhance learning and civic responsibility.

Hunter Bellevue has created innovative partnerships on the academic, clinical, and community levels to ensure unique, evidence-based nursing education for students.
These positive partnerships provide a realistic approach to learning and have led to the development of new clinical designs. Working in the community, with a diverse population, broadens’ students’ understanding of the communities they serve.

It is with great pleasure that the National League for Nursing awards the Centers of Excellence designation for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning & Professional Development to Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. Join me in offering our most sincere congratulations to Assistant Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel and the representatives from her school who are with us today.

Villanova University College of Nursing

Villanova University College of Nursing, a large, independent university located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, enrolls more than 500 students in the undergraduate program and approximately 250 students at the graduate and doctoral level. All of the 46 full-time nurse faculty hold master’s degrees and 80 percent hold doctoral degrees. All are in a unique position to engage students in pedagogical projects and evidence-based education. Stemming from its commitment to conduct and use pedagogical research, Villanova has a distinguished history of preparing nurse educators who learn and apply theory to advance the science of nursing education.

The University’s support for pedagogical research is evident in a number of initiatives. The Center for Nursing Research coordinates faculty research activities, fosters collaboration between students and faculty, and co-sponsors an annual symposium focused on nursing research. Faculty completed a Visioning Survey that identified a number of themes and led to a day-long workshop on emerging trends in nursing education. These themes and trends have allowed faculty to build on and advance the science of nursing education through a variety of strategic activities, which have been incorporated into the curriculum.

Villanova is devoted to a unique approach to creativity and innovation that advances nursing education and contributes to the development of the science of nursing education. The College of Nursing is committed to faculty development with a focus on research application and a strong tradition of mentorship among faculty and students to enhance the learning experience.

Villanova University first received designation as an NLN Center of Excellence in the category Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development in 2004 and continued that designation in 2007. This year, the National League for Nursing is honored to recognize the College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in the category Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Marycarol McGovern and the Villanova faculty who are here today.

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