Corsicana Daily Sun
August 13, 2017
Heather Hall earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator from the Navarro College Associate Degree Nursing Program after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.
“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. “Through the certification program, we have made clear to the ranks of higher education, that the role of nurse educator is an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence.” In years to come, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure.”
The newly certified nurse educators reflect the spectrum of their academic colleagues in the United States and 33 percent hold doctoral degrees, the remainder master’s degrees, 43 percent teach in baccalaureate or higher degree programs, 40 percent in associate degree programs, five percent in diploma programs, two percent in practical/vocational nursing programs, 28 percent hold the rank of assistant professor, 15 percent associate professor, 14 percent full professor and 50 percent have more than ten years of full time employment experience as academic nurse educators.
There are now more than 4,000 certified nursing educators in the continental United States. Many academic nursing programs in colleges and university settings have recognized the importance of the certification and encourage all eligible nursing faculty to become certified.
SOURCE: Corsicana Daily Sun