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Kent State’s College of Nursing Named Center of Excellence by National League of Nursing

Posted Nov. 4, 2013
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Kent State University's College of Nursing was named a
Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing
during its annual education summit in Washington, D.C.
Pictured are faculty members from Kent State's College of
Nursing at the award ceremony. 

Kent State University’s College of Nursing program was one of 10 schools named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN) during its annual education summit in Washington, D.C. Kent State was recognized in the category of “Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education.”  

Immediate past dean of the College of Nursing Laura Dzurec, Ph.D., Interim Dean Susan Stocker, Ph.D., and 10 faculty members attended the National League for Nursing’s banquet, where Kent State was recognized for its nursing program. Deans and other top administrators from schools across the nation attended the ceremony.

Stocker is proud of the school's achievement and the national recognition it is receiving.

“I really want to credit the faculty and the administrative staff in the College of Nursing," Stocker says. "This honors their work and dedication to our students.”   

Schools were chosen by the organization’s Board of Governors. Stocker says the organization judges schools based on continuous improvement, innovation and superior educational vision.

“The most rewarding part of this is to know that the Kent State College of Nursing is contributing to the health of Northeast Ohio," Stocker says. "I’m so proud of all the work our graduates are doing throughout our country to provide healthcare to those in need.”

“We are proud to offer this elite status to deserving nursing education programs and organizations that model excellence in their teaching/learning strategies and implementation; initiatives that nurture professional development; rigorous scholarship; and promotion of academic progression for lifelong learning,” says National League for Nursing President Judith Halstead, Ph.D., in a statement.

Michelle Bozeman, outreach program manager for the College of Nursing, says this is a very exciting time for the college.

“It’s great to have the students and faculty recognized for their strong commitment,” Bozeman says. 

Initial Center of Excellence designations, like this one, are granted for a four-year period.

The National League for Nursing was originally founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses. A board of governors leads the organization at its New York City headquarters. National League for Nursing members include health care and education agencies, nurse educators and interested members of the general public.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Nursing, visit www.kent.edu/nursing.