School of Nursing Named Center of Excellence

The GW School of Nursing is among 16 programs recognized for a continued commitment to student learning and professional development.

August 01, 2018

The George Washington University School of Nursing has been named a 2018-22 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN). GW Nursing was recognized in the category of “enhancing student learning and professional development” for its enduring commitment to best practices in pedagogy and investment in modern technologies.

“Although GW has educated nurses for many years, the nursing school was founded in 2010. As a young school, this designation is a testament to our faculty’s commitment to learning outcomes, world-class student support provided by our staff, and our students’ dedication in the classroom,” said Pamela Jeffries, dean of Nursing. “We are honored and humbled to be in the company of our recognized peers.”

GW Nursing will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit on Sept. 14 in Chicago. GW Nursing was one of 16 programs to be recognized this year.

The NLN has welcomed nursing schools to apply for the designation since 2004 based on their ability to demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research or student learning and professional development. Applicants for this destination range across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites.

GW Nursing’s application showcased the faculty’s efforts to advance and apply nursing scholarship with contributions to the field like the NLN/Jeffries Simulation Theory, which takes a novel approach to modern education.

Distinguishing characteristics of the school within the selected category included its unique pathways for veterans, emphasis on simulation, community public health opportunities in global settings and a health policy-driven curriculum that leverages the school’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C.

"Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," NLN CEO Beverly Malone said in the organization’s announcement.

The NLN, founded in 1983, has become a premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. It offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

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