Central Maine Community College nursing instructor Michelle Ramsey has earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation from the National League for Nursing (NLN). She earned this prestigious certification after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination.
Ramsey joined the nursing faculty at CMCC after she earned her MSN from the University of Southern Maine. She currently is the simulation coordinator for the student clinical experiences. In addition, she continues to work part time at Memorial Hospital in New Hampshire and at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Maine. She joins three other certified nurse educators at CMCC: Sharon Kinney, Peter Miller and Kathy McManus.
“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 program, 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.”
There are now more than 4,000 certified nursing educators in the continental United States. With nearly half (42.8 percent) of nurse faculty projected to retire within the next decade and nearly three-quarters (69.7 percent) within 15 years, replacing them is of concern, to nursing and nursing education.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.