ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the Trinitas School of Nursing have been recognized as National League for Nursing (NLN) Centers of Excellence (COE) in the newly-created category, “Creating Workplace Environments that Promote Academic Progression of Nurses” and in the existing category “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.”
The new category spotlights the critical importance of creating partnerships for the advancement of nursing education. Trinitas was recognized for providing its nursing staff with opportunities for academic advancement, enabling them to use their new knowledge to improve patient care and outcomes.
“Our institution has been in the forefront of nursing education for more than a century,” notes Gary S. Horan, president and chief executive officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. “Now in the 21st Century, Trinitas is responding to the challenges and needs of the nursing profession in two ways. We are dedicated to excellence in preparing women and men for success in the profession through our innovative nursing curriculum. We also provide avenues for our more experienced nurses to further enrich and enhance their skills through advanced degree programs. Our nursing staff and our patients reap the benefits.”
Trinitas’ School of Nursing is also the first hospital-based nursing school in the country to receive the NLN Center of Excellence designation in 2008 – 2011 in the category of “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.” One of the largest schools of nursing in the United States, the institution was re-designated as a NLN COE in Nursing Education effective 2012 – 2015. The institution was also the first nursing school in the country to have 100% 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.
Since 2004, the NLN has invited nursing schools to apply for COE status based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. Schools, and now with the new category, health care organizations, must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement. Throughout the four or more years that institutions carry the COE designation, the NLN expects those institutions to serve as advisers and sounding boards to others that seek to gain COE distinction.