Bridget Seelinger, DUSNA Publicity Chair and Ashley Alteri, senior
Duquesne University School of Nursing was honored this past summer as being named a “Center of Excellence” by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Other schools that received this designation include Duke University, East Carolina University, Louisiana State University, and Thomas Jefferson University. Official reception of the awards will take place at the NLN’s 2015 Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2015.
According to Dean Mary Ellen Glasgow, this designation shows the true value in receiving a nursing education at Duquesne.
“This designation is a great acknowledgment of our high caliber students, faculty, and innovative academic programs,” she says.
Since 2004, the NLN, the primary nursing organization focused around nursing education, has been honoring schools that demonstrate innovation, commitment, and sustainability through the reception of the “Center of Excellence” awards. These schools that are honored demonstrate excellence, integrity, diversity, and caring, and according to the NLN president, Marsha Howell Adams, this distinction is highly coveted in the world of nursing education. This is the third time that Duquesne has been h
onored with the reception of this award.
Rebecca Kronk, chair of undergraduate programs at Duquesne, says that Duquesne has the perfect balance which is what helps Duquesne stand apart from other schools.
“It is a perfect trifecta- a visionary Dean, a university that supports excellence in education, and faculty who are dedicated to promoting a professional education to each and every student,” she says.
Being a student at an NLN Center of Excellence offers professional opportunities for students that non-Center of Excellence schools do not have including an essay contest held every year in April. The essay is supposed to focus on what it means to be a part of a Center of Excellence and what excellence in nursing education means. In 2010, Amelia Wodzinski, a Duquesne student, won the contest and had her essay published in the NLN Report.
“Graduating from a school with a Center of Excellence is impressive,” Kronk says, “And students should let future employers know that this sets them apart from other graduates.”