The National League for Nursing named nine schools of nursing and one healthcare organization as Centers for Excellence. Norton Healthcare of Louisville, Kentucky joins the ranks as a healthcare organization receiving the Centers for Excellence Designation by the National League for Nursing.
The National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation is designed for schools of nursing and healthcare organizations. These organizations have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction the program acknowledges the outstanding commitment of excellence these organizations convey. Designations were first awarded to schools of nursing beginning in 2004 with the first designation for healthcare organizations being awarded in 2012.
In addition to Norton Healthcare, schools also received Centers of Excellence designations. They include Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and St. Xavier in Chicago, each receiving continuing designations for creating environments that enhance student learning professional development. Villanova University, which is located in Philadelphia, was for the second consecutive year designated a certificate of excellence for creating environments that advance the science of nursing education.
According to the National League for Nursing website, there are currently 24 schools that have the Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education designation. The schools on the list include larger universities such as Villanova and the University of Connecticut, all the way down to local community colleges such as Brookdale Community College in Lincroft New Jersey.