Cumberland University is pleased to announce that Jessica Haynes Barré has earned the designation of 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 (NLN).
Jessica Haynes Barré is an academic nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, and PhD student. She began teaching in the nursing department at Cumberland University in 2018, and has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner since 2016. Mrs. Barré is from Fort Payne, AL, and lives in Mount Juliet, TN. Mrs. Barré teaches the didactic courses of Advanced Topics in Nursing, Pharmacology, and Nursing Research at Cumberland University. She also educates students in the health assessment laboratory, teaching students how to perform physical examinations and how to recognize abnormal findings.
Mrs. Barré is passionate about patient safety and communication in the healthcare setting. She is pursuing a PhD of Nursing at East Tennessee State University, with research interests of patient safety and prevention of medical errors. Mrs. Barré recognized her love for teaching as a young nurse. To better prepare her to deliver quality education, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in NursingEducation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mrs. Barré received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015 in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Auburn University in 2011. War Eagle! Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Mrs. Barré worked primarily in critical care settings while working as a registered nurse (RN). She began her nursing career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital working in the medical intensive care unit. She then worked in the home health/hospice setting and in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. After moving to the Nashville area, she completed a travel nursing assignment at a Nashville hospital’s coronary care unit, reflecting her love for cardiac nursing care. Mrs. Barré plans to use what she’s learned in studying nursing education by implementing more active learning environments that will enable nursing students to think critically and learn effectively.
The NLN’s Certification Program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community, 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 ofexcellence,” she stated. In years to come, she added, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotion and tenure.
As of 2018, there are approximately 8,000 certified nurse educators in the United States and, since the program is now offered globally, internationally. 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%) of nurse faculty projected to retire within the next decade, and 70% within 15 years, replacing nurse faculty has become a priority issue in nursing education. Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1200 institutional members.