CRANFORD - On Oct. 2, Union County College’s Practical Nursing Program earned national recognition in being named a “Center of Excellence” by the National League for Nursing. The honor covers the period from 2015 to 2019 and is conferred only to select nursing-education departments across the country. This is the first time a Practical Nursing program at any college has ever earned this distinction.

Union’s Practical Nursing Department was cited for its longstanding record of achievement in nursing education. NLN President Marsha Adams says, “It is an honor to count Union County College among the outstanding group of recipients of this designation, which recognizes nursing departments for sustained efforts to create environments that enhance student learning and professional development.”

Union County College President Margaret M.  McMenamin credits the faculty and the academic leadership for their pursuit of this honor. “Under Chief Academic Officer Maris Lown and Director of Nursing Patricia Castaldi, Union’s Nursing faculty have made this commitment to ensure that Union’s program will continue to achieve the highest standards of quality education throughout this decade and beyond.”

The NLN hosted its annual awards banquet in Las Vegas on Oct. 2. As a sign of Union’s commitment to the program, Nursing faculty and staff will receive lapel pins displaying the Center of Excellence logo.