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      School of Nursing Named Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

      Center of Excellence

      The School of Nursing is named a Center of Excellence by National League of Nursing.

      The School of Nursing has again earned the National League of Nursing’s prestigious designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2017-2021 – and is one of only 16 schools to do so this year.

      The School of Nursing received its first designation as a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 2013. Widener University remains one of a handful of Center of Excellence designees with a focus on advancing the science of nursing education.

      The Widener Difference

      “At Widener there is a strong focus on the practice and scholarship that are characteristic of teaching,” said Dr. Laura Dzurec, dean of the School of Nursing. “This honor recognizes just that. We’ve built a culture where people want to learn and where students engage in cutting-edge practices that strengthen opportunities for learning, for scholarship, and for advancing practice.”

      Widener is one of very few schools nationally that encourages doctoral students to focus their dissertation research on the science of nursing education and has maintained this emphasis since inception of the research doctorate in 1983. Since then, more than 200 doctoral-prepared nurses have graduated from the program, which transitioned from a Doctor of Nursing Science degree to a PhD in 2008. The School of Nursing also offers master of science degrees in nursing across multiple concentrations, as well as a doctorate of nursing practice degree and several accelerated options for students seeking doctoral preparation. The school also manages its own Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research.

      “It’s because of our faculty’s commitment to, first, supporting the advances in the science of nursing education and, second, exposing students to high-impact educational practices that our graduates are prepared to enhance the well-being of people around the world,” Dzurec said.

      Widener’s incoming undergraduate nursing classes have been setting record-breaking sizes. As the program continues to grow, Dzurec is confident faculty will continue to meet the needs of the students while retaining its excellent rating.

      About the National League of Nursing Center of Excellence program

      The Center of Excellence program was inaugurated in 2004 and, with this year’s awardees, there are now 62 schools and organizations that have attained Center of Excellence status. Schools of nursing apply for status based on demonstrated and sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Applicants must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement.

      In keeping with the NLN mission to continually advance quality nursing education, throughout the four years that awardees carry the designation, they are expected to be available to other applicants seeking to move their own programs toward distinction.

      Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.


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