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      Nursing Launches Leadership Center

      School of Nursing Launches Leadership Center For Nursing Education Research

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      The School of Nursing is located in Founders Hall

      The School of Nursing announced the opening of the Widener Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research. Center staff seek to advance the science of nursing education by conducting rigorous educational and educational-clinical research.

      According to School of Nursing Dean Laura Dzurec, "The Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research builds on the university's longstanding commitment to excellence in nursing education research and the preparation of academic nurse educators through its clinical and education focused master's and doctoral programs. Since 2013, the School of Nursing has been designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in the Science of Nursing Education."

      Nursing education programs are the most highly enrolled of all health professions in the United States, which is one of the reasons the faculty at Widener believe it's vital to develop a robust science of nursing education.

      "The School of Nursing is already a leader in providing a unique professional nursing education in a challenging, scholarly, and supportive learning community," Dzurec said. "Opening the center is an obvious next step for our faculty, who have demonstrated a sustained effort and passionate commitment to pedagogical research and evidence-based teaching practice."

      The Center is supported by dedicated School of Nursing faculty members with a passion for innovation and research in nursing education. Faculty will provide expert research consulting services to constituents within the clinical and nursing education community, and offer faculty development for aspiring, new, and mid-career nursing education researchers. Faculty are seeking grant funding that directly supports such projects. They hope to offer intensive workshops, webinars, and eventually, a post-doctoral certificate program in nursing education research.

      The Widener Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research supports the overall mission of the university to serve as a model for intellectual, scholarly and experiential work on leadership. "We are focusing on research in nursing education that builds on our faculty expertise," Dr. Darrell Spurlock, associate professor of nursing and director of the Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research said. "We are a resource to the nursing education community."

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