Purpose: At a Rocky Mountain area university school of nursing, an initiative was undertaken to increase the number of Certified Nurse Educators (CNE). The School of Nursing (SON) recognized the value of the NLN Certified Nurse Educator designation in promoting excellence and recognizing the advanced specialty of the academic nurse educator. Faculty holding the CNE credential serve as role models and mentors to the healthcare and academic communities, as well as to students. This model of excellence is especially relevant to PhD in Nursing Education programs.
Methods: The CNE’s in the setting developed the course which included both face to face CNE workshops sessions and a online platform providing supplemental learning materials. The test blueprint for the exam was used to plan course objectives, topics and strategies; the sessions were conceived, developed, and implemented by experienced full-time faculty who already hold CNE certification. Topics included the eight identified educator competencies. Content emphasis was determined by the percentage weighting for each area on the exam: Facilitate learning, facilitate learner development and socialization, use assessment and evaluation strategies, participate in curriculum design and program evaluation, engaging in continuous quality improvement, functioning as a change agent and leader, participating in the academic environment and the nurse educator as a scholar. Strategies were selected to foster discussion and interaction among participants, and provide opportunities for mentoring by the CNE faculty, consistent with evidence based approaches outlined by Billings and Halstead (2015).The CNE preparatory textbook (Caputi, 2015) and other resources were provided by the SON for use of faculty preparing for the exam; examples of case studies and CNE example questions were used to facilitate application to classroom and clinical learning. Nine full time and two adjunct faculty participated in the first offering of this course as they prepared to take the CNE exam.
Outcomes: Successful completion of the exam was, and continues to be, the intended outcome of this faculty development activity, adding to the ranks of CNEs at the SON. Thus far, there has been a 100% pass rate for those taking the exam. Additionally, the peer review process has been revitalized with several requests for peer review of teaching as a result of attention to evidence based strategies and engagement in continuous quality improvement. Continuation of the initiative and sustainability of the review course have been addressed through updating materials and continued access to the course website for all interested faculty.
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