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School of Nursing designated Center of Excellence

VUSN’s Mary Ann Jessee, MSN’95, Mavis Schorn, Jo Ellen Holt and Tom Christenbery, PhD’04, MSN’87, accepted the school’s Center of Excellence Award from National League of Nursing’s outgoing president Rumay Alexander, MSN’77, incoming president Patricia Yoder-Wise and CEO Beverly Malone. From left, Alexander, Jessee, Schorn, Yoder-Wise, Holt, Christenbery and Malone.

The National League for Nursing has named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence in recognition of its high standards of educational excellence and visionary leadership.

The NLN is the nation’s foremost organization for nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education. Designation as a COE signifies that a nursing school has achieved high levels of excellence. Schools may apply for COE status in the areas of enhancing student learning and professional development, promoting pedagogical expertise of faculty or advancing the science of nursing education. VUSN was recognized for its sustained excellence in promoting faculty expertise.

VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, said the school’s more than a century of educational innovation and support of faculty development were factors in obtaining the designation. “Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has long been recognized for excellence and innovation in teaching, practice and research,” she said. “This honor recognizes that the school and its faculty are committed to sustained educational excellence and innovative pedagogical initiatives that fuel world-class learning for students and educators alike.”

VUSN is one of 10 nursing programs receiving the 2019 designation. The new NLN Centers of Excellence were formally recognized during the 2019 NLN Educational Summit in September.

 



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