SXU receives third consecutive “Center of Excellence” designation from National League for Nursing

Nursing grant webSaint Xavier University’s School of Nursing was one of only nine nursing programs and one health care organization in the nation to be honored by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a 2013 “Center of Excellence.”

Additionally, SXU is the only organization to receive the prestigious designation for the third consecutive term for creating environments that enhance student leaning and professional development. SXU previously received the three-year designations in 2010 and 2007.

“This third designation recognizes an educational program and faculty who model excellence in their teaching, and commitment to the University’s core values of respect, excellence, compassion, service, hospitality, integrity, diversity and learning for life,” said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D. “Those who graduate will provide a strong and diverse nursing workforce that will ensure the public’s health and the continuation of excellence in nursing education.”

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.

SXU and the other Centers of Excellence will be formally recognized at the NLN’s Annual Education Summit from Sept. 18 to 21 in Washington, DC.

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, the School of Nursing 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.

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