NLN Re-Designates Trinitas As COE Through 2024 School receives important and prestigious re-designation

Trinitas School of Nursing has again been designated as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education for 2020-2024 in the category of “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.” This is the School of Nursing’s fourth consecutive COE designation in this category since 2008.

“Since 1891, Trinitas School of Nursing, then Elizabeth General Hospital 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 2011–2015 and 2015-2020. 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.

“The faculty of the School of Nursing deserves the lion’s share of this award”, said Dr. Roseminda N. Santee, DNP, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, Dean, Trinitas School of Nursing. “They make it happen. The administration, staff, advisory board benefactors and affiliated agencies provide the support and resources for faculty and students to do their good work.”

Each year since 2004, the NLN has invited nursing schools to apply to become a Center of Excellence, based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

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


Innovative program includes a day at TSON
As part of an ongoing effort to attract local students to the nursing profession, Trinitas School of Nursing has once again participated in the Nurse Camp program run by Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Volunteer Services Director Lisa E. Liss.

For several years, Trinitas School of Nursing has been one of the most exciting stops for the Nurse Camp students. Seeing a potentially solid career path, many of the students find nursing an attractive choice.

“We love to have our School of Nursing students show the Nurse Camp students what they do, how they study and explain that the high schoolers can follow in their footsteps if they find nursing as interesting and rewarding as we all do,” states Dr. Rose Santee, Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing.

One component of the time spent at the School of Nursing’s Union County Campus is a tour and demonstration at the Learning Simulation Center (LSC). “The Nurse Camp students LOVE the LSC,” said Mrs. Liss. “It gives them a glimpse into what studying nursing is like, and the Sim Lab shows it’s not just lectures and studying textbooks; it’s also practical, hands-on work with simulated patients.”

For the students, many find it confirms they want to pursue a career in nursing, or in healthcare. But, for a few, it also confirms that they don’t want to go down this path after all. Both outcomes have value, since it helps some of the students redirect their focus in another area.

LSC Director Dr. Lisa DiGiovanni finds that many of her students are eager to help others who have the same interests. For six weeks each summer, students rotate in groups of 10-12 through various departments of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, and the School of Nursing’s W. Jersey St. campus. “Interestingly, a lot of the students were former Nurse Camp students, so they understand the benefit of giving back and encouraging others to enter the field. We’re happy to host this leg of the ‘Nurse Camp Tour’ each year.”

A special thank you goes out to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for providing the funding for Nurse Camp. Their donations help provide a lot of the equipment and supplies that are used in the various departments and locations where Nurse Camp takes place.

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