|Marjorie Campbell and June Eastridge|
The UNM-Gallup Nursing Program is pleased to announce that Marjorie Campbell, Nursing Program Director, and June Eastridge, Associate Professor, have earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educators (CNE) 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, 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, she added, 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: As of August, 2012, there were 3,415 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.
With nearly half (42.8%) of nursing faculty projected to retire within the next decade and nearly three-quarters (69.7%) within 15 years, replacing them is of grave concern to nursing and nursing education.
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