NLN Re-Designates Trinitas As COE Through 2020
School receives important and prestigous re-designation
Trinitas School of Nursing has again been designated as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence (COE) for 2015-2020 in the category of "Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development." This is the School of Nursing's third consecutive COE designation in this category since 2008.

"Since 1891, Trinitas School of Nursing has been in the forefront of nursing education," notes Gary S. Horan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. "Now, in the 21st Century, Trinitas still meets the challenges and needs of the nursing profession through our innovative nursing curriculum. We offer an excellent program of study to prepare women and an ever growing number of men for the rigors and rewards of nursing. This NLN re-designation testifies to our success and leads us forward to achieve continued recognition."

Trinitas' School of Nursing was the first hospital-based nursing school in the country to receive the NLN's Center of Excellence designation for 2008–2011 in the learning and professional development category. The school was re-designated as a NLN COE in Nursing Education effective 2012–2015. The institution was also the first nursing school in the United States to have 100% of its eligible faculty certified with the NLN Certification in Nursing Education (CNE) credential.

Marybeth Kelley LL.D (Hon), MSN, MEd, RN, CNE, ANEF, former dean of the School, asserts that the School has made a lasting commitment to delivering the best education possible. "We have a thriving, ethnically diverse student population that includes not only young people but mature adults who are entering nursing from other professions. Also, more and more men are discovering that nursing offers them many of the same opportunities for personal satisfaction and professional advancement that were once reserved mainly for women. Through this COE re-designation, we will continue to make our school a 'go-to' institution. With a history that spans three centuries, students interested in nursing can count on the Trinitas School of Nursing to deliver."

Since 2004, the NLN has invited nursing schools to apply for COE status based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Schools, and now with the new category, health care organizations, must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement. Throughout the four or more years that institutions carry the COE designation, the NLN expects those institutions to serve as advisers and sounding boards to others that seek to gain COE distinction.

For information about the program of study at Trinitas School of Nursing, call 908-659-5200.

News: Nurse Educators Visit TSON
Internet search leads to interesting visit
Trinitas School of Nursing hosted the visit of two nurse educators and researchers from Australia on May 23, 2011. Melanie Birks, PhD, RN, MEd, BN and Jane Mills, PhD, are both interested in creating a simulation program at their respective institutions. Dr. Birks is associate professor and Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQ University Australia and Dr. Mills is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School, Cairns Campus School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University. They met with Teresita Proctor, Assistant Dean and Monina Franco-Tantuico, LSC Coordinator who gave them a tour of the Learning/Simulation Center and provided them with information and materials related to simulation-based learning and its integration into the curriculum.

Drs. Birks and Mills are accomplished nurse researchers whose focus is grounded theory and have published extensively. They recently co-authored a book "Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide" published by Sage Publications. When asked how they decided to choose Trinitas School of Nursing's LSC as the place to visit, they did an internet search and found Trinitas had the best credentials, being a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence and the recipient of Laerdal Medical Corporation's Pinnacle Award for Collaboration in Education (PACE Award). The School's website also attracted them to come and see for themselves the physical layout of the LSC and how it operates to serve Trinitas students. They both expressed interest in collaborating with the School on a simulation research project in the future.