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 Two Nursing Faculty Earn CNE Designation

Sept. 25, 3012

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Two Nursing Faculty Earn CNE Designation

CANYON, Texas—Two faculty members at West Texas A&M University have become Certified Nurse Educators (CNE), the first professional credential designed specifically for nurse faculty.

Dr. Debbie Davenport, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Helen Reyes, assistant professor of nursing and head of the department, both passed the CNE exam and join fellow faculty members Vicki Hartin, instructor of nursing, and Collette Loftin, assistant professor of nursing, who previously earned the CNE designation. The CNE exam is administered at more than 120 locations across the United States and contains 150-questions that cover such areas as facilitation of learning, assessment and evaluation strategies, curriculum design, continuous quality improvement, leadership and teaching.  

Nurse educators provide health-related knowledge and expertise as faculty in academic settings. The CNE program supports the role of the nurse educator as an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence. The certification is an important designation at a time when nearly half of the nursing faculty nationwide is expected to retire within the next decade and 72 percent is expected to leave the profession in the next 15 years.



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