After meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing, College of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Nursing Diane Smith received her Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation.
"We are very pleased that Mrs. Smith has demonstrated this distinguished standard in nursing education," said Dr. Janice Williams, College of the Ozarks Nursing Program Director. "Mrs. Smith is our third nursing faculty to receive the CNE distinction." Williams describes the completion as a "mark of excellence."
For nursing educators, a CNE demonstrates expertise and communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards are being met.
Goals of the CNE certification include, distinguishing academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing and recognizing the academic nurse educator’s specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and an advanced practice role within professional nursing.
College of the Ozarks launched its Bachelor of Science Nursing Program in 2007. It holds national accreditation from CCNE and approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Currently, eight full-time faculty members teach in the program.