April 5, 2016
As a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, the East Carolina University College of Nursing has the opportunity to participate in an NLN essay contest on the meaning of excellence in nursing education. The college conducted an internal contest to determine a winning entry to be put forward to the NLN. The winning essay is by Erin Traister, a Nursing and Honors College student set to graduate in 2016.
"We had many fantastic entries for this contest but in the end our panel of judges had to choose one to submit as ECU's contender," College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown said.
In her essay "Becoming a Nurse," Traister discusses the use of technology in education, the power of self-reflection, the value of undergraduate research, and the importance of advocating for patient rights and culturally sensitive care.
"For me, being a student of an NLN Center of Excellence has meant that standards are unwaveringly high," she writes. "Yet when the lives and futures of mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, and grandparents will be in my hands, I would not want it any other way."
You can read Traister's essay here: http://www.ecu.edu/nursing/NLN_Essay_2016.cfm
The college was designated an NLN Center of Excellence for the third time in 2015: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/poeight/blog/2015/10/07/college-of-nursing-again-named-center-of-excellence/.
Center of Excellence selection is by competitive application reviewed by a panel of leaders in nursing education. ECU was recognized for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development, one of several criteria used to evaluate candidates. It will carry the distinction from 2015 to 2020.