The Widener University School of Nursing in Chester, Pa., has been named as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2013-2017, according to a news release.
This is an honor of the highest caliber, Deborah Garrison, RN, PhD, dean of the school of nursing, said in the release. This represents the work of the entire faculty as they advance the science of nursing education. Their focus on advancing the science of nursing education assures preparation of outstanding alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs. These individuals are enhancing the well-being of people across the nation and around the globe.
The proposal to become a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence was developed under the leadership of Barbara Patterson, RN, PhD, professor and director of the PhD in nursing program, in collaboration with Anne Krouse, RN-BC, PhD, professor, and Mary Baumberger-Henry, RN, PhD, associate professor, with the support of Garrison. The proposal on
Creating Environments That Advance the Science of Nursing Education included evidence-based findings that support the vision of the faculty and their commitment to developing a curriculum that engages students in an innovative, student-centered environment.
As a NLN Center for Excellence, we will continue to sustain an environment that supports the faculty in creating the next generation of nurse leaders and scholars, as well as the next generation of advanced practice and generalist practice nurses, Garrison said in the release.
The COEs will be recognized at the NLNs Annual Education Summit in Washington, D.C., in September. The four-year term status is given to programs that are receiving COE status for the first time. Students enrolled in these programs also have the opportunity to demonstrate the meaning of excellence in nursing education and what it means to be a part of a COE program in a paper competition, which is recognized at the annual conference.
Since 2004, the NLN has issued an annual invitation to nursing schools to apply for COE status. Applicants are judged on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. There are a total of 29 NLN COEs, including 25 schools of nursing representing the spectrum of higher education and four health care organizations.