Applicants seeking designation as NLN Centers of Excellence
must submit an Application
of Intent to Pursue
Designation, accompanied by the filing fee,
by October 15. This will provides demographic
information about the applicant, indicate the
specific category for which the designation of
excellence is being sought, and summarize
activities related to each criterion.
A consultant, selected by the NLN, will visit each organization
that has submitted a preliminary application to guide the applicant team in
highlighting their strengths and emphasizing their uniqueness. Consultants
also provide answers to questions related to the Centers of Excellence Program
or preparation of the final application. All expenses related to this visit
are the responsibility of the applicant. The consultant will write a summary
of the visit and submit it to the school.
The final application must
describe relevant activities, initiatives, and outcomes that serve to create
an environment where excellence is pervasive. Since the supportive evidence
is intended to showcase the applicant's excellence in the selected category,
the material submitted will be unique to each applicant. This final application
is due on or before May 15 and must be accompanied by the
remaining application fee.
The Centers of Excellence review panel will examine all application
materials in June and make recommendations to the NLN Board of Governors about
Center of Excellence designations.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review
and approval process in July.
Those selected as NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education
will be granted that designation for the next four academic years and may
use the designation and special logo in their promotional material. Applicants
not selected as Centers of Excellence may re-apply in subsequent years, according
to the application cycle.