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School of Nursing Named National Center of Excellence

The National League of Nurses has selected the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing as a 2016 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

The School of Nursing received the designation for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development. The NLN Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education designation is for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.

"The School of Nursing (SON) is known in the community for its strong academic programs and for valuing excellence in practice, critical thinking and scholarly inquiry," faculty leaders said. "We pride ourselves on creating strong learning environments and developing instructional programs that are responsive to the changing health care needs of the community."

Program Provides Free Health Screenings for Seniors

Hundreds of Charlotte seniors will receive detailed screenings and critical health interventions through the Department of Kinesiology’s Health Risk Assessment Lab as part of a new program funded by the Sharon Towers Continuing Care Retirement Community.

A donation of more than $150,000 from Sharon Towers will pay for four graduate assistants and equipment for health risk assessments in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation senior and multigenerational centers. The new assistants will join two already working in senior centers across the county.

"An exciting aspect of the free program is that it includes at-risk populations in greater Charlotte who may not otherwise have immediate access to such services," said Scott Gordon, chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Kinesiology. "Our goal is to provide individualized feedback and education to all participants concerning their health risk numbers, and then reduce their risk through an exercise program or referral to their physicians when necessary."