The National League of Nursing (NLN) announced it has named The Ohio State University College of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence (COE). The college will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit, on Friday, Sept. 14. Fifteen other nursing programs nationwide, across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, shared the distinction of being named NLN Centers of Excellence this year.
“This continuing designation recognizes our excellence in creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation and associate professor at the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at the College of Nursing. “The recognition is based on exceptional outcomes in socializing students to new roles, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong learning and creativity. Our innovative program design and curricula prepare graduates to LIVE WELL and to engage in high quality evidence-based practice and conduct cutting-edge research needed for the future of health and healthcare. Our exceptional faculty lead these efforts that make real differences for students and the individuals, families and communities they serve.”
The LIVE WELL (teaching students to Lead, Innovate, Vision, Execute and be Wellness-focused, Evidence-based, Life-long learners, and Lights for the world) philosophy at the College of Nursing, Anderson said, guides the full complement of academic programs, supporting faculty in providing a learning environment that teaches students how to dream, discover and deliver.
"Congratulations to these exceptional institutions who comprise the 2018 class of NLN Centers of Excellence," said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "The individuals behind this label, the faculty, deans and administrators, deserve our deepest gratitude for creating and sustaining educational excellence in nursing. COE faculty and staff 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 that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said.
Each year since 2004, the NLN invites nursing schools to apply to become a COE in Nursing Education institution based on their ability to demonstrate in measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research or student learning and professional development.
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About the National League for Nursing
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.