College's Nursing Department Receives Third Consecutive Center of Excellence Designation From The National League For Nursing

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 01, 2010 —Community College of Philadelphia today received its third consecutive designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education from the National League for Nursing. The prestigious award recognizes the Nursing department’s sustained, evidenced-based and substantive innovation in creating environments where student learning and professional development are enhanced.

This latest honor is for the period 2010-2015, and was announced today at the National League for Nursing’s 2010 Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NLN is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

“The NLN is proud to recognize those schools whose faculty is doing the outstanding work that sets them apart from others,” NLN President Dr. Cathleen Shultz said.

“It is our hope that by publicly acknowledging these best academic practices, we will succeed in setting the bar higher in nursing programs across the board to ensure that those entering the profession will be as well prepared as they can for the 21st century health care needs of the American people,” NLN Chief Executive Officer Dr. Beverly Malone said.

In 2004, the College was one of the first schools in the country to receive the Center of Excellence designation. The College received a second excellence award for 2007-2010.

“We are honored to have been recognized for a third consecutive designation by the National League for Nursing,” Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia said.

According to the NLN, schools that are recognized distinguish themselves through sustained, effective innovation and by researching and documenting their effectiveness. They also set high standards and are committed to continuous quality improvement.

Community College of Philadelphia is one of only four Pennsylvania schools to have won Center of Excellence designations since 2004, when the award was created. The other schools are Villanova University in Villanova, Duquesne University and UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, both in Pittsburgh.

“The Nursing faculty continues to believe strongly that our commitment to students is the hallmark of the Nursing program,” said Barbara McLaughlin, head of the College’s Nursing Department. “Our students inspire our faculty to create a curriculum that is collaborative, dedicated to service and attentive to the development of a spirit of inquiry for students, graduates and faculty.”

An example of the Nursing program’s commitment is the College’s collaboration with the NLN to expand the focus of geriatric nursing in pre-licensure nursing programs through the Fostering Geriatrics in Associate Degree Nursing Education project. This project is laying the foundation to improve care to America’s aging population by increasing the focus on gerontological nursing in more than 900 associate degree nursing programs across the country. The NLN and the College are leading this national project, the second phase of which is funded by grants totaling $683,944 from The John A. Hartford Foundation.

The College’s Nursing graduates are well prepared to succeed in their profession. In 2009, approximately 90 percent of the College’s Nursing graduates who took the state nursing certification exam passed. That is higher than the national pass rate of 88.4 percent. The Nursing program has granted some 4,000 associate degrees since 1967.