International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators

Certification in Nursing Education: Implications for Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Christopher W. Blackwell, Julee B. Waldrop


Faculty selected to teach in programs that educate nurse practitioners (NPs) are often excellent clinicians.  However, nurse practitioner faculties often have knowledge deficits in areas related to educational pedagogy, theory, and instructional and evaluation methodology. Nurse Practitioner (NP) faculty can develop capabilities as an educator both via formal education or self-study.  Achievement of competency as an educator can then be documented by obtaining the Certified Nurse Educator credential offered by the National League for Nursing.  This paper presents an overview of the certification program, suggestions for preparation and discusses benefits of holding this certification for the faculty member who teaches in graduate programs that prepare nurse practitioners.



Novice Faculty, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator

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