VUSN designated NLN Center of Excellence

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.

In announcing the 2019 honors, NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, FAAN, recognized that educational excellence influences the entire nursing profession. “Centers of Excellence faculty and leadership bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education,” Alexander said.

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 will be formally recognized during the 2019 NLN Educational Summit in September.

Nancy Wise (615) 322-3894