proud to offer this elite status to deserving nursing education programs and organizations that model excellence in their teaching/learning strategies and implementation; initiatives that nurture professional development; rigorous scholarship; and promotion of academic progression for life-long learning," asserted NLN president Judith Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. "Their visionary leadership sets the standard for nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation's health, guided by the core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence."
Initial and second COE designations are granted for a four-year period; a five-year term accompanies a third COE designation. Throughout the four or more years that institutions carry the COE designation, all serve as advisers and sounding boards to others that seek COE status. "The NLN considers COEs to be standard bearers of excellence, role models whose faculty, deans, and staff are available to share expertise, insight, knowledge, and experience to lift the entire nursing community to a higher level of achievement," noted Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO of the NLN. "I look forward to acknowledging their impressive achievements at the Summit in September."
Also, each year, students enrolled in COE schools have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the meaning of excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence, and what it means to them to be part of a COE-designated nursing program. As in years past, the winner of the Student Excellence Paper Competition will be acknowledged at the COE presentation. She is Mary-Claire Rocha from Villanova University.
Since 2004, the NLN has issued an annual invitation to nursing schools to apply for COE status. Applicants are then judged on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education researc
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