PUC College of Nursing gains elite national recognition


October 06, 2014 – Times Staff

Purdue University Calumet’s College of Nursing received one of nursing education’s elite recognitions last month when it was named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing.

PUC is among six nursing programs to receive the honor at the NLN’s annual Education Summit and Banquet in Phoenix, Ariz., along with Clemson, Ohio State and Adelphi (NY) universities, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (NY).

“Our faculty are to be congratulated on their dedication to provide an outstanding educational environment that employs innovative teaching strategies and collaborative, evidence-based experiential learning projects,” said Peggy Gerard, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, professor and former dean of the College of Nursing.

During the banquet, PUC nursing faculty and administrators were acknowledged for “sharing a commitment to preparing students to use evidence to guide their daily practice and to lead strategic practice change. Their international collaborating center for evidence-based practice has had a profound impact on teaching strategies, curricula, scholarly inquiry and community partnerships.

“The faculty and students are highly engaged with the community through service, experiential learning, collaborative evidence-based implementation projects and faculty clinical practices.”

Throughout the four-year designation period, nursing faculty and administrators will serve as advisers, role models and sounding boards to other institutions, by sharing expertise, insight, knowledge and experience to help lift nursing communities to higher levels of achievement.

Selection as a Center of Excellence is determined through a competitive application process that values sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development, as well as a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement.