ELIZABETH–The Trinitas School of Nursing has received its second consecutive designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This honor, a continuation of the NLN’s highest award for nursing education excellence, is in effect for the years 2011 – 2015. Previously, the school had been designated as a NLN Center of Excellence for the years 2008-2011.
The sixth largest school of nursing in the United States, Trinitas is the first hospital-based nursing school in the country to receive the NLN Center of Excellence designation.
“This is the highest honor a nursing school can achieve, and it represents the ultimate stamp of quality,” stated Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He added, “I couldn’t be more proud of our school’s faculty and administration for their success in creating such an outstanding learning environment.”
In 2007, the school was the first in the United States to have 100 percent of its eligible faculty certified with the NLN Certification in Nursing Education (CNE) credential.
Trinitas School of Nursing was established as the Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in 1891, and has maintained a formal Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College since 1972. The program offers a diploma in nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an associate in science degree from Union County College.
Victor M. Richel, who serves as chairman of the board of both Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Union County College, said, “The Trinitas School of Nursing is attracting thousands of highly qualified people into the nursing profession, and is fulfilling a crucial role as it provides an invaluable supply of nurses for our community and region.” He added, “I am particularly proud of the excellent working relationship that exists between Trinitas and Union County College, which has resulted in tremendous benefits to our student nurses over the years.”
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