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Mary Bacha (right), a lecturer in Kent State University’s College of Nursing, instructs students in the Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab located in Henderson Hall.
Mary Bacha (right), a lecturer in Kent State University’s College of Nursing, instructs students in the Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab located in Henderson Hall.

Kent State’s College of Nursing Redesignated a Center of Excellence by National League for Nursing

The National League for Nursing has again designated Kent State University’s College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence for 2017-2022 in the category of “Advance the Science of Nursing Education.” The use of leading-edge educational technology allows the college’s students to learn and practice the skills needed to become future nurse scientists, educators and practitioners. By maintaining academic excellence, students are equipped for high-acuity situations as critical thinkers, leaders and innovators. Kent State’s College of Nursing was initially designated a Center of Excellence in 2013 in the same category and is one of 16 organizations to achieve designation in 2017.  

“This designation highlights our faculty’s commitment to steering the future of nursing by instilling excellence in our graduates,” said Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing. “As we celebrate 50 years of nursing education, research and community outreach, our alumni, faculty and staff can be proud of their affiliation with the college as they built the foundation for our success.”

The college is an active champion of diversity in nursing education.

“We have a strong commitment and vision to inspire nurses at all levels, and of all genders, ethnicities, races and social statuses, to advance their education,” Broome said. “We provide multiple academic pathways of success, such as LPN to B.S.N., RN; RN to B.S.N.; and the accelerated B.S.N. program. Our graduate programs offer opportunities for nurses to prepare as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, educators and administrators, while our doctoral programs prepare nurses to challenge and change the healthcare landscape through practice and research.”

As a leader in nursing education, Kent State’s College of Nursing is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by addressing the changes and challenges of a complex healthcare system. The college’s faculty members are actively engaged in pioneering research. Their published findings advance the quality of healthcare provided both locally and globally. In addition, many serve as board members, editors and scholars within the community and are known internationally for their areas of expertise.

“By publicly acknowledging these best practices, we promote the preparation of a diverse, culturally competent nursing workforce to deliver safe, effective patient care in our complex, dynamic healthcare environment,” said Beverly Malone, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing.

Kent State’s College of Nursing will be recognized at a formal ceremony as part of the 2017 Education Summit held in San Diego, California, in September.

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing
In existence for 50 years, Kent State University’s College of Nursing is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. For more information about nursing programs at Kent State, visit www.kent.edu/nursing.

About the National League for Nursing
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The National League for Nursing offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. Its members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies. For more information about the National League for Nursing, visit www.nln.org.

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