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National League for Nursing designates Villanova’s College of Nursing a Center of Excellence

Monday October 7, 2013
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Villanova (Pa.) University College of Nursing has been redesignated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. According to a news release, the college was among the first three schools to receive inaugural designation in 2004.

“Continuing designation of the College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing is public acknowledgment of the stellar achievements of our faculty, the professional performance of our alumni and the quality of our undergraduate and graduate programs,” M. Louise Fitzpatrick, RN, EdD, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and professor at the Villanova University College of Nursing, said in the release.

“It is also a reflection of the superior reputation that Villanova University enjoys. In particular, this recognition of the College of Nursing is testimony to its creation of an environment that advances the science of nursing education, which ultimately affects the improvement of nursing and healthcare.”

In addition to the College of Nursing’s designation, BSN student Mary-Claire Rocha was selected as the winner of the NLN’s Student Excellence Paper Competition, which gives students enrolled in COE schools the opportunity to share their thoughts on the meaning of excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence and what it means to be a part of a COE-designated school. Rocha and the College of Nursing were recognized at a formal ceremony on Sept. 20 as part of the 2013 Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

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