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National League for Nursing names SDSU a Center of Excellence

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South Dakota State University's College of Nursing has been designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for the 2022-2026 term.

The NLN cited SDSU’s sustained efforts in creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development as part of the designation. SDSU was one of five universities listed in that category.

The NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation is for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.

“This designation is important because it demonstrates the impact and excellent outcomes that people have come to expect from the SDSU College of Nursing,” said Mary Anne Krogh ’85/’11 Ph.D., the College of Nursing’s dean. “This designation builds upon our excellent framework and will be instrumental for our commitment to innovation for rural health care and education.

“We had a fantastic team in the college who simply told our story to the expert panel at the NLN Center of Excellence and that was critical in our achieving this outstanding accomplishment,” she continued.

The first designations were awarded to schools of nursing in 2004 and the first designations for health care organizations were awarded in 2012.

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, Ph.D., R.N., FANN, said, “NLN 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.”

The 2022 NLN Education Summit is at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas with the honors convocation Sept. 30.