College of Nursing Named Center of Excellence

July 24, 2017

Rush University College of Nursing has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing for 2017-2021. The NLN Centers of Excellence program recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and invested resources over a sustained period of time to distinguish themselves in a specific area related to nursing education. Rush is one of only 16 schools selected for the honor this year.

The College of Nursing was selected for its commitment to “enhance student learning and professional development.” Through public recognition and distinction, the NLN program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, programs, opportunities and sustainability of excellence provided to Rush nursing students.

“We are honored to be recognized by the NLN for our dedication to nursing education that builds a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our own neighborhoods, the nation and the global community,” said Marquis Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing.

Since 2004, the NLN has issued an annual invitation to apply for COE status. Applicants are then judged on their ability to demonstrate sustained excellence in concrete, measurable terms. Currently, 56 institutions hold the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation. Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations and agencies.