Greetings. I hope you have been able to get some rest during these summer months. Here is some of the work that the Certification Commission and volunteers have been doing. The CNE Test Development Committee has been working on the CNE Practice Analysis.
CNEcl item writers and Test Development Committee members wrote 106 items and updated 102 references to existing items. The CNEn item writers wrote 111 items.
If 2023 is the year to renew your certification, please remember your renewal application must be submitted by September 30. You can find information for renewal through Certelligence here.
Pam Fifer, EdD, RN, CNE
It is hard to believe with the extreme heat that has affected much of the globe that the summer is almost over. The Certification Department and the Test Development Committee for the CNE program has maintained “hot” momentum. The CNE practice analysis was completed and analyzed. A new test blueprint was decided upon. The new test blueprint will expand the testing categories out to the eight competencies. Some task statements have been removed and new ones added. Prior test plans had collapsed some categories into one with subcategories. All of the CNE test bank items had to undergo a reclassification process to ensure correct connection of item with competencies. Two new forms of the CNE exam will be released on January 2, 2024.
Accreditation has received much attention this summer. The CNE NCCA accreditation is due for renewal and the renewal application was submitted. The CNEcl program was also submitted to NCCA for initial certification. The current plan is to submit CNEn next year for accreditation.
I had three abstracts accepted by the International Council of Nurses for the meeting in Montreal in July. Three posters were presented. There were more than 6,000 nurses in attendance. It was quite an event. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a featured speaker at the congress. As I prepared the posters, I discovered that the Certification Program has had testers from 22 different countries around the globe. That is so exciting as we continue to try to grow our international presence. I also presented at a nursing congress meeting on nursing and nursing education in Frankfurt, Germany, in late July.
An abstract was also accepted for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. I have been placed to present within a panel discussion on bias in testing. The information to be presented is about how we ensure that any potential bias be removed from all test items. This also helps to ensure that the test items are sound for our international testers.
And, of course, it is NLN Summit time again. I hope to see many of you at the Summit. We will have our annual Certification Reception on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. The Peg E. Daw Certification Star Awards will be presented to the individual winner of the award and the program winner of the excellence award. Last year, we had the biggest attendance of certificants at the reception that we have ever had! I hope to keep that trend going.
The Certification update presentation will be Friday, September 29, at 8:15 a.m.
Larry E Simmons, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC. CGNC, ICE-CCP
Eligibility Requirements for CNE, CNEcl & CNEn Exams
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®), Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE®cl), and Certified Academic Nurse Educator Novice (CNE®n) are essential certifications for nurse educators that demonstrate expertise in nursing education. Each certification demonstrates different competencies and task statements reflective of the different roles, and as such, the eligibility requirements vary. To help candidates identify the certification that best reflects their experience, we wanted to briefly review the eligibility requirements for each of the three certifications.
To be eligible for the CNE® exam, candidates must hold a valid and current registered nurse (RN) license. Additionally, they must have a master's or doctoral degree in nursing. Finally, candidates must meet one of the following options: educational background or experience. For educational background, candidates must have either a major emphasis in nursing education during their graduate degree, a post-master's certificate in nursing education, or at least nine credit hours of graduate-level education courses focusing on pedagogy and nursing education. Those candidates without an educational background in nursing education must have at least two years of employment in a nursing program in an academic institution within the past five years.
The CNE®cl exam is designed for academic nurse educators who work primarily in clinical settings. All candidates must hold a valid RN license and have three years of experience in any area of nursing. Similar to the CNE® exam, there are two options for the final requirement: educational background or experience. Candidates with a graduate degree focusing on nursing education are eligible to test based on their educational background. Candidates without a graduate degree in nursing education are eligible with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and two years of teaching experience in an academic nursing education program within the last five years. Nurse educators employed by health care organizations are not eligible for the CNE®cl certification.
The CNE®n certification is tailored for novice nurse educators and differs from the other certifications as it is only valid for three years. It is also non-renewable as the intention is that CNE®n certified nurses will pursue one of the other certifications to demonstrate the advancement of their skills and knowledge. Candidates must have a valid RN license and a graduate degree in nursing with either a major emphasis in nursing education, nine or more credit hours of graduate-level education courses, or a post-baccalaureate or post-master's certificate in nursing education. Candidates must also be within their first three years of practice as an academic nurse educator.
Meeting the eligibility requirements is the first step towards becoming a certified nurse educator, a mark of distinction recognizing excellence in nursing education. Additionally, professionally certified nurse educators serve as role models for
nursing students, encouraging lifelong learning and professional certification in their chosen profession. The NLN and the Certification Board of Commissioners are here to support you as you work toward this recognition. Please reach out if you
have any questions regarding eligibility for any of the three certifications.
Vanessa Lyons, Certification Board Member
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