Tracy Wollin of St. Peter, IL, Named Certified Nurse Educator

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Tracy Wollin, MSN, RN, CNE

DANVILLE , IL (01/24/2014)(readMedia)-- Tracy Wollin of Saint Peter, IL, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certifcation examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Wollin said "I have always wanted to become certified as a nurse educator. The world will always need nurses and I'm passionate about teaching those who have chosen to become one." Wollin has been teaching nursing students since 2007.

Currently, she is an instructor at Lakeview College of Nursing where she is a course coordinator as well as the national licensing exam coordinator for for the College's Charleston location. Additionally, Wollin continues to work as needed as a staff RN in the intensive care unit at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

The NLN's Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) 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 of excellence," she commented.

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, noted NLN president Dr. Elaine Tagliareni. "We must encourage more nurse faculty to prepare for certification as nurse educators so that our nursing schools can be staffed by academicians of the highest caliber. Only in this way can excellence in nursing education be ensured for another generation."