Director's Corner


Are you a nurse practitioner faculty or program leader? NLN Assessment Services cordially invites you to join a task force dedicated to examining the necessity for an entry assessment in NP programs and collaborating on the creation of assessment blueprints. Your expertise will be invaluable in determining whether distinct assessments are required based on program specialty or if a single assessment can effectively meet the entry assessment objective. If you are eager to contribute to this endeavor, kindly express your interest in serving on this task force by completing our online interest form.  



Dr. Dodie Serafini

Director of NLN Assessment Services Division

Dr. Serafini entered her professional nursing career as a licensed practical nurse. Over the next 20 years she progressed through her academic journey. Her MSN is focused on nursing education and her Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership. She holds the NLN certification as a nurse educator.

She has served in the academic roles of dean and assistant dean. In these positions she was responsible for curriculum, evaluation of learning resources, assessment, programmatic accreditation, regulatory and compliance, and supervision of instructional designers.

Prior to being in nursing education administration she was full-time faculty at Front Range Community College in Colorado and was selected Community College Master Faculty of the year in 2006. She also taught part-time at Metro State College and Denver College of Nursing.

Her 17 years of clinical practice was focused in the areas of mental health, geriatrics, and medical-surgical nursing as well as nursing administration. She enjoys working with the geriatric population. She also owned and operated two assisted living homes which supported a placement opportunity for geriatric clients who needed some assistance but did not require long-term care.

Dr. Serafini resides in Colorado with her wife, four dogs, and a cat. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren who are also in Colorado. She enjoys time with family, reading, sewing, the mountains, hiking, and fishing. She has volunteered as an outreach director for her church, as an item- writer for the NLN CNE exam, as a mentor for MSN students, and at local health fairs.