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NLN Press Offers Two New Titles Expanding Understanding of Advanced Practice Role of Nurse Faculty

September 26, 2018

For Immediate Release Contact: Jane Calem Rosen
NLN Press Offers Two New Titles Expanding Understanding of Advanced Practice Role of Nurse Faculty
Washington, DC, September 26, 2018 — The National League for Nursing (NLN) tradition of publishing new works of scholarship in time for the annual NLN Education Summit in September continues with the release of two new volumes by the NLN Press. They are now available for online purchase.

"The NLN is proud to once again offer new works of scholarship for the benefit of this and future generations in nursing education," remarked G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, NLN president; professor and associate vice chancellor/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Both books are valuable new resources for nurse educators, novice and expert alike, as well as students pursuing graduate study who aspire to become nurse educators and are seeking a helpful guide to their own scholarship and standards of instruction."

The 2018 NLN Press publications are:
  • NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators: A Decade of Influence; Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN editor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-based Practice for Academic Clinical Nurse Educators; Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, editor
"The contributions to the literature by Drs. Halstead and Shellenbarger and their respective teams of scholars recognize the increasing complexity of the role of nurse educators, be they in clinical settings or on the campuses of institutions of higher education. Each performs an essential specialized practice role in today's dynamic, sophisticated health care environment, ultimately advancing the health of the nation and of our global community," asserted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators: A Decade of Influence is the follow-up to the scholarship that revolutionized the landscape of nursing education when it was published in 2005. An NLN task group at the time identified the eight core competencies and task statements that define the academic nurse educator as an advanced practice role and in the process, developed the NLN CNE® exam, a credential now proudly held by more than sixty-one hundred academic nurse educators.

Inspired by the outcomes of the first edition, the NLN once again assembled a panel of experts to synthesize current evidence for best practices in nursing education. This edition, while retaining the original framework for nurse educator competencies, provides the blueprint for implementing the role of the nurse educator into the future. In each chapter, readers will find thoughtful reviews of the evidence for each competency gleaned from research conducted from 2005 to 2017.

The book concludes with a synthesis of the cross-competency findings, identification of gaps in the literature, and a guide to the next steps that will continue to define the evolving role of the academic nurse educator. The findings are discussed in the context of current recommendations for radical change in preparing health care professionals to meet future health care needs and advocates for the role of the nurse educator as a part of systemic reform. Faculty, students, and researchers will find not only a conceptual framework for educator preparation and role development but also a framework for research that more closely links the role of the nurse educator to the driving forces for improving patient care. Grounded by the current evidence for the role of the nurse educator, faculty may prepare the next generation of students to provide interdisciplinary, patient-focused, safe, and high quality care.

Clinical Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-based Practice for Academic Clinical Nurse Educators focuses on a growing need to certify academic nurse educators serving in clinical settings in response to the continued shortage of nursing faculty. A separate NLN Task Group assembled in 2015 went about identifying and describing the role and scope of practice of the academic clinical nurse educator, delineating six core competencies and well-defined task statements. In addition, they include a comprehensive review of the available literature and what is currently known on the topic.

This new NLN title is the also foundational text for the expansion of the NLN's respected CNE® credential. A distinctive credentialing exam offered for the first time this spring, the CNE®cl, has been designed to certify expertise in the role and scope of practice for academic clinical nurse educators.

To order the new titles or any of the previously published NLN Press books, visit the NLN Bookstore. Brief biographical information about the editors may be found here.

About the National League for Nursing
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 professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.
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