Distinction throughout the nursing spectrum

In addition to providing an advanced academic and clinical education, FPB's eight Centers of Excellence offer a wealth of services and experiences, serving both the health care community and the community at large.

Centers of Excellence
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Unparallelled Opportunities

The Centers of Excellence at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing expose students first-hand to nursing research, global health care systems, evidence-based practice, initiatives in aging care, self-management, end-of-life science, inclusion of persons with disabilities into research, and flight nursing.

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing

PAHO/WHOThe PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center is affiliated with the World Health Organization, which was established in 1948 by the United Nations as its specialized agency for health. The WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers are national institutions around the world designated by the WHO to collect and disseminate information on world health issues, provide education and training, and participate in collaborative research. The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center at FPB is charged with research and clinical training in home care nursing and is one of only 10 designated centers for nursing in the United States.

Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practices Based on Evidence

HirshEvidence-based practice in nursing is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. As one of only a few such centers in the country, the Hirsh Institute was established in 1998 to disseminate evidence-based practice information through printed and online publications. It also conducts certification training programs and consulting services and has awarded numerous certificates in evidence-based practice to nurses from within and outside Ohio.

The University Center on Aging and Health (UCAH)

UCAHBy the year 2020, a staggering number (approximately 17%) of the US population will be considered elderly. In addition, almost 40% of a physician's time will be spent treating the elderly by that year. UCAH at Case Western Reserve University serves international, national, and local communities by providing an interdisciplinary platform for gerontological education, research, and services. A key objective of UCAH is to increase the number of students in the role of gerontology and utilize its partnerships to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Center of Excellence for Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART)

SMART CenterThe SMART Center is an NIH-funded research center designed to address the science of self-management at the levels of individual, family, organization, and community. Its goals are to expand knowledge related to self-management through interdisciplinary investigations of self-management, serve as a national leader in research and dissemination of research findings to the scientific community, and diffuse knowledge into clinical practice and policy to enhance the use of self-management strategies to improve the health, function, and quality of life of individuals.

Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Self-Management Research (FIND) Lab

FIND LabThe FIND Lab's mission is to promote the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream health care research through use of Universal Design of Research and to encourage research on the general health care needs of persons with disabilities. It is funded by the National Institutes of Nursing Research/National Institute of Health.

The Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing

helicopterThe Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, formerly the National Flight Nurse Academy, serves as part of the MSN program's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Flight Nursing subspecialty. It is the first formal training program of its kind to prepare nurses at the advanced practice level to provide care to individuals outside of hospitals, but at a hospital level of care.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute

QSEN InstituteFunded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the QSEN Institute addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses so that they will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. This website is a central repository of information on the core QSEN competencies, KSAs, teaching strategies, and faculty development resources designed to best support this goal.

Center Websites

Center Contacts

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center:

Elizabeth Madigan

Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practices Based on Evidence:


University Center on Aging & Health:

Diana Morris

SMART Center:

Shirley Moore


Shirley Moore

Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing:

Stephanie Steiner

QSEN Institute:

Mary Dolansky

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