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Kimbrell Named Certified Nurse Educator



NLN Program Highlights Standout Nurse Faculty


The Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to announce that Dr. Joy D. Kimbrell 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.

Dr. Joy Kimbrell has been a registered nurse for over 35 years. She has practiced in a variety of clinical areas including many years in critical care. She has been teaching in higher education roles since 1995 and joined the faculty at Cumberland University in 2005. In 2012, she developed and began serving as the Director of the Center for Nursing Success in the Rudy School of Nursing. The Center for Nursing Success serves as a learning resource center to help provide guided academic support to Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing students. The Center for Success is also responsible for assisting nursing students with NCLEX (nursing state board) preparation and remediation. In addition, Dr. Kimbrell continues to teach and develop a variety of nursing courses.

“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.” In years to come, she added, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure.

The newly certified nurse educators reflect the spectrum of their academic colleagues in the United States:

33 percent hold doctoral degrees; the remainder master’s degrees

43 percent teach in baccalaureate or higher degree programs; 40 percent in associate degree programs; 5 percent in diploma programs; and 2 percent in practical/vocational nursing programs

28 percent hold the rank of assistant professor; 15 percent associate professor; 14 percent full professor

50 percent have more than ten years of full time employment experience as academic nurse educators

There are now more than 4,000 certified nursing educators in the continental United States. Many academic nursing programs in colleges 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 nurse 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.



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