July 22, 2013
By Toni Cardarella
The University of Kansas School of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the Washington, D.C.-based National League for Nursing (NLN). KU is the only nursing school in the region and one of just 26 nursing schools in the country to earn the designation since the NLN began the award nine years ago.
"The School of Nursing is honored to be acknowledged for our commitment to innovations and excellence in the education of exceptional nurses," says Karen L. Miller, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing and senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. "The success of our transformative learning approach is evident in the numerous contributions of our students who leave here for their careers as clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders."
The KU School of Nursing was among six new schools to receive the Center of Excellence designation announced Friday by the NLN. Prior to the announcement, only 20 schools had earned the designation.
The KU School of Nursing was granted designation for demonstrating sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the category of "Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development." The designation, which extends through 2017, also acknowledges the School's ongoing research to document the effectiveness of its innovations, for setting high standards and showing commitment to quality improvement.
"We are proud to offer this elite status to deserving nursing education programs and organizations that model excellence in their teaching/learning strategies and implementation; initiatives that nurture professional development; rigorous scholarship; and promotion of academic progression for life-long learning," said NLN president Judith Halstead, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF, in the group's announcement of the awards.
"Their visionary leadership sets the standard for nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation's health, guided by the core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence."
The KU School of Nursing and the other Center of Excellence institutions will formally receive their awards at the group's national Education Summit, Sept. 18-21, in Washington, D.C.
The NLN began awarding Center of Excellence designations to nursing schools in 2004. The University of Kansas Hospital received the designation in 2012, when the NLN expanded designation to include health care organizations.
The National League for Nursing, a membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, has 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members, including nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public.