Historic number of faculty become certified nursing educators


By Anna Hoffman

Since 1956, the University of Florida College of Nursing has employed expert teachers and researchers who are dedicated to providing the highest-quality educational experience for the next generation of nurses. Last year, 10 faculty members demonstrated their expertise in nursing education as a specialty area of practice by earning the National League for Nursing’s certified nursing educator, or CNE, designation. Now, nearly 50% of all clinical faculty members in the college hold this esteemed certification.

The CNE credential is considered a mark of distinction for nursing faculty, communicating to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met.

The 10 faculty members at the College of Nursing who passed the CNE exam this year are: Sally Bethart, Anne Dillard, Lisa Ferguson, Shavondra Huggins, Charlene Krueger, Toni Lindsey, Michael Maymi, Brooke Russo, Sallie Shipman and Jennifer Vendt.

“I am so proud of each of our Gator Nursing faculty members who passed the exam to become certified nursing educators through the National League for Nursing this year,” said Anna M. McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing and the Linda Harman Aiken Professor. “They have shown their leadership and true commitment to our students and nursing education through this certification.”