Carolina Nursing Named NLN Center of Nursing Excellence in Nursing Education

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has announced that sixteen nursing programs were named Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education, and the UNC School of Nursing is among the 2018 award recipients.

The NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation is designed for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment, and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.

The first designations were awarded to schools of nursing in 2004 and the first designations for health care organizations were awarded in 2012. Currently, 47 institutions hold the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation.

Full news release published by the NLN:

NLN Announces 2018 Centers of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education

Washington, DC, July 24, 2018 — Sixteen nursing programs nationwide, across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, have been named NLN Centers of Excellence, the National League for Nursing has announced. Award recipients will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit, on Friday, September 14. The annual Summit draws a capacity crowd of nurse faculty, deans, administrators, and professionals from allied health organizations.

The 2018 year’s award recipients are listed below:

Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development

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Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty

“Congratulations to these exceptional institutions who comprise the 2018 class of NLN Centers of Excellence,” said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “The individuals behind this label, the faculty, deans, and administrators, deserve our deepest gratitude for creating and sustaining educational excellence in nursing. COE faculty and staff bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education.”

“Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community,” NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted.

Each year since 2004, the NLN invites nursing schools to apply to become a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education institution, based on their ability to demonstrate in measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

For more information about the program and application requirements, including the 2019 timeline, please visit:

NLN Education Summit information and registration.

*Continuing designation

About the National League for Nursing
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 faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.