The Nurse Educator (NE) track prepares nurses to teach in academic, staff development, and patient teaching settings. Our NE program consists of 32 credits including core courses, Nurse Educator specialty courses, and a 200 hour practicum experience with no required project. This program is often completed in 2 to 3 years.
The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators was developed in 2005 by the NLN and was revised in 2012. The NLN considers academic nursing education as a specialty area and an advanced nursing role within professional nursing (NLN, 2013). Upon completion of the Master's Degree in Nursing with the specialty area in Nursing Education, students are prepared to take the NLN national certification examination to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). "By becoming credentialed as a CNE, you serve as a leader and role model” (NLN, 2013).
The NLN goals of certification as a Nurse Educator are as follows:
- Distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced nursing 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.