The purpose of this research was to identify characteristics of redesignated National League for Nursing Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education that represent the intersection between quality and excellence. A qualitative content analysis of six final applications submitted for redesignation disclosed essential resources that supported students, faculty, and staff and identified six characteristics: connections through relationships, communities of learning and service, support for students and faculty, connections through technology, use of innovation, and a systems focus. The systematic focus on excellence in teaching and learning identified in this research represents best practices from exemplary schools worthy of emulation by other nursing education programs.
About the Authors Deborah H. Merriam, DNS, RN, CNE, is an assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Daemen College, Amherst, New York. Kathleen Kelly, PhD, MPH, MS, is an associate professor and director, DNS Program, the Sage Colleges Department of Nursing, Troy, New York. Glenda B. Kelman, PhD, ACNP-BC, is an associate professor and chair, the Sage Colleges Department of Nursing, Troy, New York. Mary Lou Rusin, EdD, RN, ANEF, is former chair, Department of Nursing, Daemen College, Amherst, New York. For more information write to Dr. Merriam at email@example.com.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.