Cumberland University’s Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions’ assistant professor of nursing, Andrew “A.J.” Donadio, has earned the well-esteemed designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) from the National League for Nursing (NLN), University officials announced. The CNE exam has strict eligibility criteria along with a rigorous certification examination. Many academic nursing programs in colleges and universities have recognized the importance of the certification, according to Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN.
“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. She continued, “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.”
Appointed to the faculty of the Rudy School of Nursing in 2012, Donadio’s clinical areas of specialty are adult health and ambulatory nursing, maintaining certification through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in both. He teaches courses at the baccalaureate and master’s degree level at CU.
Donadio received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The University of South Alabama (magna cum laude) in 1999, his Master of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University 2012 and his Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2017. Joy Kimbrell, interim dean of the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, said, ”We are so proud that Dr. Donadio has become a Certified Nurse Educator, further strengthening the excellent faculty of the Rudy School. Our nursing program continues to evolve and improve with some of the most caring, dedicated faculty I’ve ever seen.”
Cumberland University has one of the longest, richest histories of any higher education institution in the state. Founded in 1842, the University flourishes today with exceptional faculty and fully-accredited academic programs steeped in the liberal arts, including three distinct schools: the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions; the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts; and the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business. With a student body approaching 2,500, 25 percent of whom live on campus, our unique residential living and learning experience allows students to find their sense of belonging. Athletics also are a strength of Cumberland University, as its teams in 20 sports regularly compete for conference and national championships. Its world-renowned baseball team has claimed the NAIA national championship title three times since 2004.