Trinitas School of Nursing and NLN: Perfect Together

n 2008, Trinitas School of Nursing received the designation as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. This year is now the fourth time the school has enjoyed this honor.

Trinitas School of Nursing, represented by Dean Dr. Roseminda Santee, Associate Dean Dr. Connie Kozachek, faculty members Dr. Janine Graf-Kirk, Dr. Dawn Zimmerman, Maryse Annulysse, and Illya DeVera-Bonilla, attended the in-person NLN Education Summit awards ceremony held Sept. 23-25, which was postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic.

“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, and affiliated agencies provide the support and resources for faculty and students to do their good work.”  Each year since 2004, the League 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.”

Dr. Santee added, “This award is the culmination of decades of commitment and dedication by the faculty to the vision of excellence that focuses on the creation of learning environments designed to promote the nursing education and professional development of culturally diverse students. This could not have been accomplished without a plan that also values innovation, civility, integrity, and ethical behavior in all professional activities.”