Three Faculty Members Earn Nursing Educator Certification

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 7, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) faculty members Ruth Anderson, Susan Donaldson and Susie Hutchins have earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after successfully completing a rigorous examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). All three have master's degrees and Anderson and Hutchins are working toward doctoral degrees. Anderson and Donaldson are professors and Hutchins is an associate professor.

The NLN started the CNE program in 2005 to distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and recognize nurse educators' specialized knowledge, skills and excellence in practice. As of Sept. 28, 2007, a total of 772 nurse educators representing every state have earned the CNE credential.

  • Thirty-seven percent hold doctoral degrees and the remainder hold master's degrees.
  • Forty-nine percent teach in baccalaureate or higher degree programs; 39 percent in associate degree programs; 8 percent in diploma programs; and 4 percent in practical nursing programs.
  • Sixty-four percent hold the rank of assistant professor or higher.
  • Forty-one percent have more than 15 years experience as academic nurse educators.

With nearly half of currently active nurses projected to retire within the next decade and nearly three-quarters within 15 years, replacing them is of "grave concern" and more certified nurse educators are needed so nursing schools can be staffed with teachers of the highest caliber, according to NLN President Dr. Elaine Tagliareni.

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