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National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) Accreditation Renewed for Five Years


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National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) Accreditation Renewed for Five Years

Renewal by National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the Accrediting Body for the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), Reflects Compliance with Rigorous Standards Set for Credentialing Nurse Educators
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing (NLN) has been notified by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has approved the NLN’s application for renewal of accreditation for its Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) credential for the full five-year term. This welcome news follows a rigorous review of the NLN’s tough standards that nurse educators must meet to earn the prestigious CNE® credential. The NCCA, the accrediting body for the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), recently updated the process for certification programs to demonstrate compliance with strict national standards.  

“Certification is a mark of professionalism in any field, and for academic nurse educators. It establishes nursing education as an advanced specialty area of practice, enabling faculty to broadcast their expertise in this role,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, president of the NLN and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “We are delighted to again have this acknowledgement from the NCCA, validating the mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program to promote excellence in academic nursing education.” 

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “The NLN CNE certification proves its value every day, communicating to students, colleagues in nursing education, and the wider academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence have been achieved. CNE-credentialed nurse educators are leaders in the specialty role of nurse educator as well as role models bearing a mark of distinction.” 

This is the third renewal for the CNE credential, which was initially accredited in 2009, shortly after its creation by the League. It was again NCCA-approved in 2014 before undergoing the latest comprehensive review last year. The accreditation process was developed to certify that professional credentials comply with current standards of practice in a variety of industries, including public health, safeguarding public safety. 

The NLN currently offers two certifications in nursing education: the CNE® for academic nurse educators on faculty in schools of nursing and other institutions of higher learning, and the NLN’s newest certification, the CNE®cl for academic nurse educators serving as onsite instructors in hospitals, community health clinics, and major medical centers where pre-licensure students complete clinical requirements. The CNE®cl, which the NLN created in late 2018, will be applying for initial accreditation. In little more than a year, more than 200 clinical educators have applied for or have achieved certification. 

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