July 28, 2017
The University of Kansas School of Nursing announced July 28 that it has earned the National League of Nursing (NLN) designation as a Center of Excellence for 2017-2022.
"The NLN is proud to recognize those schools and organizations that are doing the outstanding work that sets them apart from others," said NLN president Anne Bavier, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.
Schools of nursing apply for Center of Excellence status based on demonstrated and sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.
"This recognition not only affirms the excellence of our faculty but also challenges us to continually evaluate our teaching-learning strategies, innovate approaches to education and educational research, and provide opportunities for our faculty to continue to grow and be creative into the future," said Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing. "This designation also attests to the support the KU School of Nursing has received from the KU Medical Center to pursue and sustain excellence."
The designation of a school or health care organization as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education is a voluntary process that involves preparation of material by the organization itself and peer review.
The KU School of Nursing is one of only 15 schools or organizations to have achieved NLN Center of Excellence designation in 2017 and one of only 62 total to have attained Center of Excellence status. The KU School of Nursing has received continuing designation as a Center of Excellence in Creating Environments That Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development. It received its first such designation in 2013.
This recognition is designed to distinguish those organizations that: demonstrate sustained, evidence-based, and substantive innovation in the selected area; conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness of such innovation; set high standards for themselves; and are committed to continuous quality improvement. Such recognition indicates a commitment by the organization as a whole to pursue and sustain excellence in a selected area.
"By publicly acknowledging these best practices," added NLN chief executive officer Beverly Malone, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, "We promote the preparation of a diverse, culturally competent nursing workforce to deliver safe, effective patient care in our complex, dynamic health care environment."
NLN Centers of Excellence are expected to exemplify the League's core values: caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. Centers of Excellence faculty bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education. They are expected to provide guidance and be available as sounding boards to other nursing programs that aim to achieve COE status.
The KU School of Nursing will be formally recognized at the NLN's 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, as part of a special honors convocation September 16, 2017.