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The Breen School of Nursing Lauded for Educational Excellence

November 26, 2013

The Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award was presented to Ursuline College’s Breen School of Nursing during the annual National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Education Summit in Washington DC on September 19, 2013.

Only twelve schools of nursing will be selected for this prestigious honor between 2012 and 2015. The Breen School of Nursing was among six schools of nursing in the nation chosen for this competitive award by the NLN. Programs receiving the award demonstrate excellence, exceptional instruction and innovation in geriatric nursing education.

According Dr. Patricia A. Sharpnack, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Programs at the Breen School of Nursing, “The number of people age 65 and older is expected to grow from 39 million in 2008 to 72 million by the year 2030. Faculty in the undergraduate program of the Breen School of Nursing used creative teaching methods to sensitize students to the special needs of the older adult in clinical experiences, simulation and in the classroom. We are honored by this recognition that differentiates our program and school as a model in nursing education.”

Faculty from the Breen School of Nursing were on hand to receive the award and were invited to present their innovative approaches to teaching geriatrics at the NLN Education  pre-Summit Invitational ACES workshop session.

From left to right: Dr. Judith Halstead (President-NLN), Kimberly Dillon-Bleich, Denise Crowther, Bonnie Fellows, Kathleen Rogers, Laura Goliat, Dr. Patricia Sharpnack, Sarah Mishurov, Dr. Beverly Malone (CEO-NLN)

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