The Department of Nursing is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Shelley Fess, MS, RN, AOCN, CRNI is the first in the department to have earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator. The goals of CNE Certification are to:
* Distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing
* Recognize the academic nurse educator's specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities and excellence in practice
* Strengthen the use of core competencies of nurse educator practice
* Contribute to nurse educators’ professional development
Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. Join us in congratulating Ms. Fess on her achievement.