Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing was one of only six programs in the nation to be honored by the National League for Nursing as a "Center of Excellence" during its 2010 Education Summit in Las Vegas. SXU received the prestigious designation for creating environments that enhance student leaning and professional development. SXU previously received the three-year designation in 2007. Each year since 2004, the NLN has invited nursing schools to apply based on their ability to demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Schools must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement. “The two most important factors in this achievement are the School of Nursing faculty and their students,” said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D. “Our faculty are engaging educators who are enthusiastic, positive and proud to be a part of the nursing profession, and identify and respond to students’ learning needs. The students are focused and work with persistence and diligence to achieve their goal of a career as a registered professional nurse. It is a winning combination!" SXU's School of Nursing this year celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Saint Xavier and Mercy Hospital, both founded by the Sisters of Mercy, joined forces in 1935 to create the first integrated baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Today, 75 years later the SON remains strongly committed to linking innovation and concern for community, to providing basic and advanced nursing education programs, outreach programs, and to providing clinical services to surrounding communities.