GW Nursing is among 16 nursing programs nationwide to be named a 2018-2022 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN). GW Nursing was recognized in the category of “enhancing student learning and professional development” for its enduring commitment to best practices in pedagogy and investment in 21st-century technologies.
“Although GW has educated nurses for many years, the nursing school was founded in 2010. As a young school, this designation is a testament to our faculty’s commitment to learning outcomes, world-class student support provided by our staff, and our students’ dedication in the classroom,” said Dean Pamela Jeffries. “We are honored and humbled to be in the company of our recognized peers.”
Since 2004, the NLN has welcomed schools of nursing to apply for the designation based on their ability to “demonstrate in measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.” Applicants for this prestigious destination range across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites.
GW Nursing’s application showcased the school and its faculty’s efforts to advance and apply nursing scholarship, including the NLN/Jeffries Simulation Theory, by taking a novel approach to modern education. Distinguishing characteristics of the school within the selected category included its unique pathways for veterans, emphasis on simulation, community public health opportunities in global settings, and a health policy-driven curriculum that leverages the school’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C.
"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, noted in the organization’s announcement.
Also receiving recognition from NLN are Professor Angela McNelis who was elected as a governor-at-large for the NLN Board of Governors and MSN student Tiffany Colston who is a recipient of the 2018 NLN-Home Instead Scholarship.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the NLN was founded in 1983 and has become a premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering “professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.”
GW Nursing will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit on September 14 in Chicago, Illinois.