Nursing School at Saint Xavier University Receives Designation as a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing

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The NLN recognized Saint Xavier University School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence for its achievements in “creating an environment that enhances student learning and professional development.”

Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing (NLN) for a second consecutive three-year term, effective through 2013. To be recognized as a Center of Excellence, nursing programs must achieve a level of excellence in one of three selected areas: creating environments enhancing student learning and professional development, creating environments promoting the faculty’s expertise at teaching and creating environments advancing the science of nursing education.

“This is a tremendous honor for the Saint Xavier School of Nursing,” said Dean Gloria Jacobson. “This designation is evidence of the faculty’s outstanding innovation, flexibility and commitment to nursing education. These superb teachers demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the future of nursing education. Our graduates are confident, compassionate, curious, flexible and wise nursing professionals.”

The Center of Excellence designation is intended to distinguish schools that demonstrate sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the areas of conducting ongoing research documenting the effectiveness on such innovation, setting the highest of standards for themselves, and committing to continuous quality improvement. Saint Xavier University is among one of only 17 nursing programs in the country that have been awarded this prominent designation.

The NLN recognized Saint Xavier University School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence for its achievements in “creating an environment that enhances student learning and professional development.” Strengths noted during the application process include the school’s history of strategic planning its Sisters of Mercy heritage, and the faculty’s commitment to caring, student-centered nursing education.

Some health care experts predict a nursing shortage to peak in 2020, due to pending retirements of the current nursing workforce and a decline in enrollment across universities. Through their innovative Master of Science Nursing degrees, certificate programs, and excellent faculty, Saint Xavier University hopes to attract nursing students interested in furthering their education and making a difference in health care.

Saint Xavier University’s MSN programs are available to experienced nurses with a B.S. in nursing from an accredited university. The MSN in Clinical Leadership is designed for nurses who are interested in working to improve patient care and outcomes through interacting with patients. The MSN in Nursing Executive Leadership program provides students with the high-level perspective and critical skills needed to manage a nursing department, unit or health care agency. The Nurse Educator certificate program teaches techniques specific to public health classes, hospitals and nursing schools. These specialty programs are offered in an online format to meet the needs of today’s busy nurses. School of Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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About Saint Xavier University
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 5,000 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park, and its Loop location, the University offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest, most recently in 2011.


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