October

Lantz earns CNE designation

Amy Czapiewski, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595 Amy.Czapiewski@dickinsonstate.edu

Dr. Cheryl Lantz, Ph.D., RN, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN.)

Lantz, associate professor of nursing at Dickinson State University, has been employed at DSU for 14 years and has been a nurse for 28 years. She teaches in the BSN program for classroom and clinical settings, with research conducted in care of the elderly in long term care settings.

“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. “Through the certification program, we have made clear to the ranks of higher education that the role of nurse educator is an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence.”

The newly certified nurse educators reflect the spectrum of their academic colleagues in the United States: As of August, 2012, there are 3,415 certified nurse educators in the continental United States. Many academic nursing programs in college and university settings have recognized the importance of the certification and encourage all eligible nursing faculty to become certified. With nearly half (42.8 percent) of nursing faculty projected to retire within the next decade and nearly three-quarters (69.7 percent) within 15 years, replacing them is of grave concern, to nursing and nursing education.

For more information on the DSU Department of Nursing, visit www.dickinsonstate.edu/academics.