In September, M. Elaine Tagliareni, Ed.D., R.N., professor of Nursing at the College and Independence Foundation chair in Nursing, became the first community college educator ever to be inducted as the president of the National League for Nursing, a national organization that creates the standards of excellence for nursing schools across the country.
The National League for Nursing is the premier membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.
In September, the NLN also designated the College as a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education” in recognition of the College’s Nursing program. In its fourth year, the Center of Excellence program recognizes schools of nursing that have achieved a level of excellence in a designated area; demonstrated sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in that area; and showed a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement.
The College will pay tribute to Tagliareni and celebrate its being designated a Center of Excellence at ceremonies at the College and at Independence Blue Cross at 1901 Market Street on Nov. 28.
“We know how proud you must be of the Department of Nursing, and we thank you for your support of their efforts to continually strive for excellence in nursing education,” said L. Antoinette Bargagliotti, the NLN’s former president and Beverly Malone, the NLN’s chief executive officer, in a letter to Community College of Philadelphia President Stephen M. Curtis.
They added that the award was given to the College because of its sustained efforts to “create environments that enhance student learning and professional development.” Bargagliotti is the NLN’s outgoing president. Tagliareni was named president-elect of the National League for Nursing in 2005. She assumed the role of president in September and will hold the post through 2009.
From her wide-ranging participation and leadership on the NLN’s Board of Governors to her role on the NLN’s advisory councils and committees, Tagliareni has played a key role in fostering innovation and in promoting the nurse educator role as advanced practice. Through her involvement with grant-funded projects, she has helped merge theory with dynamic change on both local and national levels, according to the NLN.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 18,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members.
The position of NLN president is a volunteer post. As president, Tagliareni will work closely with Malone, the NLN’s chief executive officer, who became CEO in February.