For a second time, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

“This is, again, a great acknowledgment of our continued push for innovation and excellence,” says Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for Academic Affairs. “For us as a school—and this is absolutely a group effort—it’s about building the best nurses. Where we see a need, or a chance to do something better, we act.”

According to the NLN, schools designated as a Center of Excellence “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.”

Those selected as NLN Centers of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education carry that designation for four years. Third-time selectees earn a five-year designation. During that time, they serve as advisers and sounding boards to others seeking similar status. "The NLN considers COEs to be standard bearers of excellence, role models whose faculty, deans, and staff are available to share expertise, insight, knowledge, and experience to lift the entire nursing community to a higher level of achievement," notes NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

JHUSON will be formally recognized September 20 as part of the NLN's Annual Education Summit of deans and other top administrators, faculty, and health care executives in Washington, DC (September 18-21).

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