Preparing for the Certified Nurse Educator© (CNE) Examination:

Certification in any field is an indicator of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. Begin planning now to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination. Computer-based exams are available all year at over 120 testing centers.

NSP II CNE Workshop

The #6 CNE Workshop (for nominated nurse faculty only) led by Dr. Diane Billings (see bio below) is an intensive, comprehensive review of the major content areas of the test blueprint. It is designed to help potential candidates assess their level of readiness and identify practice domains where further study may be needed. The workshop was held on Friday February 21, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, @ Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

This workshop addresses the following Certification for Nurse Educators©. For more information visit: CNE eligibility.

Biography: Diane M. Billings, RN, EdD, FAAN, ANEF

Dr. Diane Billings is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus at Nursing at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN where she was the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Information Resources and developed and taught the masters/doctoral level Teacher Education Certificate courses. She is the co-editor of the award winning Teaching in Nursing, and the co-editor of the Lippincott’s Q and A Review for NCLEX-RN. She has published widely in nursing and higher education journals in the area of using information technology to support teaching and learning. She is the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education from the National League for Nursing, and is a Living Legend in the American Academy of Nursing. Recent projects include serving as the project director for the Faculty Preparation Program of the RWJF/New Jersey Nursing Initiative, participating on tasks forces at the NLN to develop vision statements for The Changing Faculty Role: Preparing Students for the Technological World of Health Care and Doctoral Preparation for Nurse Educators, and has served as a mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International’s Faculty Mentored Leadership Academy.

Maryland Community College and University Nursing Faculty Job Fair

Plans are being made for another job fair in early 2020. The Nursing Faculty Job Fair is sponsored by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and Nurse Support Program II (NSP II). Meet nursing representatives form Maryland academic institutions, gain information about the nurse faculty role and learn more about Maryland's Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship Service. For more information, contact Nancy Perry, Nursing Program Director, Carroll Community College:

NSP II Faculty Resources for Professional Development

Funded mechanisms to measure academic excellence in teaching and nursing education include:

1. The National League of Nursing (NLN)’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) is one method to measure "excellence in teaching".

2. The post-graduate teaching certificate in nursing education option is online and free to any Maryland faculty member who plans to continue teaching and available at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and University of Maryland School of Nursing nursing programs.

NSP II would like to encourage current full time and adjunct faculty to complete teaching certificates and CNE credentialing to demonstrate excellence in faculty preparation and professional development.

All of the teaching certificates are tuition free for any existing faculty or staff intending to remain or move into RN educator roles- who will promise to keep working for a 1:1 payback of time in a Maryland nursing program through the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nurse Faculty Scholarship program.

All faculty programs funded by NSP II are here.

The Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nurse Faculty Scholarship INCLUDES teaching certificates- Doctoral degrees- Phd, DNP, EdD, and Masters degree.

The application is online through MDCAPS. After applying, a form is generated for the Dean/Director nominating the faculty to complete and sign. The person has to be accepted before applying. From there-accept the tuition award and complete the program. Sign the service form that you will keep teaching for a year for each year of education.

This is a great opportunity for every faculty-to complete the teaching certificate, CNE or go from BSN to MS or BSN to PhD or any combination. The service obligation can be deferred if a person returns to school for a higher degree, so any MS prepared student can go back for more education on the same grant. And, we now allow hospital educators to repay their service through this mechanism.

Here is link for Hal and Jo Cohen Nurse Faculty Scholarship ---- available to fund the teaching certificate or graduate degrees for full tuition and fees.

You are already doing the service as a faculty member- just stay employed!

To all Deans and Directors of Nursing Programs: Please make these opportunities available to your faculty and assist us in tracking the number of graduates with these post-graduate teaching certificates. Share with others who may be working in nursing programs and eligible for the tuition support.

Doctoral Education for Nurse Faculty:

Doctoral Education Summit for Nurse Faculty

The need for doctorally prepared nursing faculty in Maryland is increasing as the population ages and health care becomes more complex. In the Summer of 2018, NSP II partnered with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to provide a forum for all doctoral education programs in the State to present information to potential doctoral students interested in faculty careers. This allowed participants to engage with the breadth of doctoral programs in the state of Maryland, compare and contrast the DNP and PhD Degrees, select a doctoral program congruent with the participant's career goals, and describe how to prepare a doctoral program application to reflect the match between the participant's career goals and program goals.

Guiding Initiatives for Doctoral Education: The GuIDE Program
GuIDE flyer

Presentation: Overview of Doctoral Education in Maryland
Dr. Meg Johantgen
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Associate Dean for the PhD Program
Associate Professor

Presentation: Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Dr. Rita D'Aoust
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
Interim DNP Program Director

Strategies for Success in Choosing a Program
Dr. Susan L. Bindon
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Director, Post-Master’s DNP Program Without Specialty, OAD
‌Assistant Professor, PPEP

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Nursing Faculty Qualifications [