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Duquesne Faculty Among First Certified Nurse Educators in the Nation

The dean and three faculty members from the Duquesne University School of Nursing are among the first in the nation to be designated as certified nurse educators (CNECM) by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Dr. Eileen Zungolo, dean and professor of nursing, Dr. Joan Lockhart, associate dean for academic programs and professor of nursing, Dr. Gladys Husted, distinguished professor of nursing, and Maureen Leonardo, assistant professor of nursing, were among the 174 academic nurse educators who passed the exam administered by the NLN.

“Education is a specialty,” said Zungolo, who values the need for the certification. “Just because someone has advanced education and preparation in nursing doesn’t automatically mean that one possesses the skill, talent and knowledge base required to transmit that information into the classroom and clinical area.”

According to the NLN, the goals of the certification include:

  • distinguishing academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and as an advanced practice role within professional nursing
  • recognizing the academic nurse educator’s specialized knowledge, skills and abilities and excellence in practice
  • demonstrating a commitment to professional development, lifelong learning and nursing education as a career

Certified nurse educators must renew their certification every five years.

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