Duke School of Nursing Named Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Duke University School of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing (NLN). The only nursing school this year to be selected for “Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty,” the School of Nursing was singled out as a national leader in nursing education. The Duke University School of Nursing is one of only 25 schools of nursing in the nation to have earned a Center of Excellence recognition from the NLN.

“This recognition by the NLN honors the quality of our faculty and our commitment to ensuring that our faculty is well supported for their work as teachers,” said Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing dean, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing, and vice chancellor for nursing affairs at Duke University. “The 'Excellence' designation results from our strategic commitment to teaching excellence and the establishment of our Institute for Educational Excellence directed by Terry Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN,” she said.

The School of Nursing was judged on its ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Schools must also have a proven commitment to continuous 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, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF.

The Duke School of Nursing will be formally recognized at the NLN Annual Education Summit in Washington, D.C. in September.

About Duke University School of Nursing A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. Duke University School of Nursing is also one of the top ten recipients of National Institutes of Health awards among U.S. schools of nursing. The School offers masters, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.

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