Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The NLN’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Program Has Surpassed 5,000 and Gone Global

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The NLN’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Program Has Surpassed 5,000 and Gone Global

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At the end of 2016, the NLN Academic Nurse Educator Certification (CNE) program proudly announced that the NLN has certified more than 5,300 nurse educators. This academic nurse certification program, now celebrating its 11th year, establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role.

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, certification communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), nurse educators serve as leaders and role models in their institutions and throughout the professional nursing community.

The mission of the CNE program is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator. The goals of the program are as follows:

• To distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing;

• To recognize the academic nurse educator's specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities and excellence in practice;

• To strengthen the use of core competencies of nurse educator practice; and

• To contribute to nurse educators' professional development.

HISTORY

From the program's conception in 2002, when the NLN convened a task group to develop academic nurse educator competencies; to the first pilot examination, administered in 2005 at the NLN Education Summit in Baltimore; to the evolution of the CNE Commission, with a Board of Commissioners; to the first approval of certification by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a division of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, in 2008; the program has surpassed expectations for championing the vital role of the academic nurse educator. In 2013, recertification of the program resulted in another five years of NCCA approval.

An exciting recent development has been the opening of the CNE program to global testers. The NLN has affiliated with CGFNS International, Inc. …

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