LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2017) – The Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing has earned prestigious designation from the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in nursing education for 2017 to 2022. The Institute for Nursing also earned this designation in 2013 to 2017.
The NLN recognizes nursing education programs, health care organizations and agencies with a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement that sets them apart from others. Norton Healthcare was recognized for promoting the academic progression of nurses and is one of only five health care systems in the nation to receive Center of Excellence designation from the NLN.
“We’re honored to again receive this prestigious designation, as it recognizes both our Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and its academic partners in achieving excellence in nursing education,” said Kim Tharp-Barrie, DNP, R.N., SANE, FNAP, system vice president, Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and Workforce Outreach.
“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,” said Anne R. Bavier, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, president of the NLN. “Norton Healthcare is committed to offering academic progression opportunities for our nearly 5,000 nurses who provide skilled and compassionate care to our patients each and every day.”
Norton Healthcare was recognized in the category of “Creating Workplace Environments that Promote Academic Progression of Nurses.” Since it was established in 2009, the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing has assisted nearly 3,000 employees attain higher levels of nursing education and has become a nationally recognized best practice care delivery model.
The institute’s centers for research, professional development, nursing practice and nursing outreach are highly regarded, as evidenced by this national honor.
“The Institute for Nursing team has worked diligently to again receive this designation,” said Tracy E. Williams, DNP, R.N., senior vice president and system chief nursing officer, Norton Healthcare. “Our collaborative academic partners have also assisted greatly in our work toward education transformation.”
Norton Healthcare will be formally recognized as an NLN Center of Excellence in nursing education during the NLN’s 2017 Education Summit in San Diego in September.