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Villanova University College of Nursing Designated Center of Excellence by National League for Nursing

College of Nursing named Center of Excellence for fourth consecutive time, recognized for “Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education”

Villanova Nursing student selected as winner of NLN Student Excellence Competition

College of Nursing students

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The College of Nursing at Villanova University has again been designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing.  The College was among the first three schools to receive inaugural designation in 2004.

In keeping with its national leadership role in nursing education, Villanova’s College of Nursing advances the science of nursing education through numerous unique programs and courses, and remains a leading force in conducting and utilizing pedagogical research.  The College emphasizes its pioneering health promotion course, which allows students to become involved participants in community health programs and encourages student participation in international opportunities as part of its global health initiative. The College also boasts a state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab, giving students and faculty the opportunity to implement scenario-based learning and research.

“Continuing designation of the College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing is public acknowledgment of the stellar achievements of our faculty, the professional performance of our alumni and the quality of our undergraduate and graduate programs,” said M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing.

“It is also a reflection of the superior reputation that Villanova University enjoys,” added Dean Fitzpatrick. “In particular, this recognition of the College of Nursing is testimony to its creation of an environment that advances the science of nursing education, which ultimately affects the improvement of nursing and healthcare.”

In addition to the College of Nursing’s designation, Mary-Claire Rocha ‘13 BSN has been selected as the winner of the NLN’s Student Excellence Paper Competition, which gives students enrolled in COE schools the opportunity to share their thoughts on the meaning of excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence, and what it means to be a part of a COE-designated school. Both Rocha and the College of Nursing will be recognized at a formal ceremony held Friday, September 20, as part of the 2013 Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

Villanova’s College of Nursing, established in 1953, is a nationally recognized premier nursing program under Catholic auspices with a mission to create a synergy between compassion and clinical excellence. The College provides a values-based undergraduate education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that prepares students to assume positions as productive, ethical, and socially responsible citizens and leaders providing care in clinical and community settings. It also offers outstanding master’s, PhD and DNP programs to prepare advanced practice nurses, administrators and nurse educators. Its environment for faculty and student scholarship, its respected continuing nursing education program and the leadership contributions of its students, faculty and alumni in nursing and health care are acknowledged around the world.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.