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Georgetown Achieves Center of Excellence Status from National League for Nursing

JULY 24, 2018 – Reflecting its deep commitment to the educational and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students, the School of Nursing & Health Studies has achieved a significant new national designation.

In September, the school’s professional and advanced nursing programs, housed in the Departments of Advanced Nursing Practice and Professional Nursing Practice, will be recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

“Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone (H’16), PhD, RN, FAAN, in making the announcement today.  

Learning and Development

The designation, which is given for the years 2018-2022, specifically recognizes Georgetown in the category of “creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development.”

Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice, worked alongside colleagues to develop the COE application.

“I thank Dr. Maggie Nolan and Dr. Jane Fall-Dickson who worked tirelessly with me on our application,” she says. “I also appreciate the efforts of Dr. Mary Haras, who reviewed the final product and provided suggestions to the team. We are happy to represent Georgetown in Chicago and bring home this prestigious designation.”

The nearly 95-page application packet includes Georgetown’s responses to six NLN criteria, ranging from professionalism, values, and educational innovations, to curriculum, clinical engagement, and community collaborations.

‘Bright Light’

“Georgetown has been proudly educating nurses since 1903,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s dean. “This NLN designation shines a bright light on our distinguished history; a collective group of exceptional Georgetown nursing students, faculty, and alumni; and a future oriented toward innovation and enduring values. I congratulate my colleagues on this successful application and the broader community for all that it says about them and their dedication.” 

The NLN recognition ceremony is Friday, September 14, in Chicago. The organization was founded in the late 19th century and focuses on nurse educators, including offering “professional development, teaching resources, research grants, testing services, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.”

The School of Nursing & Health Studies is an NLN member. The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (