The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination

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    the certified nurse educator examination is a credentialing tool for masters- and doctorally-prepared nurse educators. the nln created this specialty certification in 2005 and it has grown steadily in popularity ever since. nearly 1600 nurse educators currently possess the coveted cne credential.

    i took the cne examination in january, 2006. it was a difficult undertaking but doable. nothing worthwhile, of course, is ever easy. i scheduled my assessment at one of the regional amp testing centers. the cne exam is not a computer-adaptive test like the nclex, but a standard multiple-choice assessment in electronic format, entirely computer-based. it consists of 150 multiple choice items with 3 hours to complete. i finished the exam with time to spare.

    the present cost for the certified nurse educator examination is $375 as an nln member ($475 for nonmembers). some colleges and universities will reimburse educators this expense.
    as soon as candidates are finished with the certification exam, the computer displays their individual test scores and whether they passed or not - so there is no fretful waiting for results.

    two months before sitting for the certification test, i began taking the self-assessment examination (sae), a primer that i highly recommend. the sae consists of 65 multiple-choice practice questions. the cost for the sae is $59.95 for nln members, $74.95 for non-members, and well worth every penny. there are also eight sample questions on pages 12 and 13 of the certified nurse educator (cne) 2009 candidate handbook.

    the self-assessment examination was an invaluable preparation for the cne examination. while taking the sae, i highlighted any concept that i did not thoroughly understand in the practice item test bank. i then went back and thoroughly reviewed the highlighted material in education textbooks and other reliable sources. it took me five or six weeks to sift through all 65 questions, critically appraise my strengths and weaknesses regarding the content, and address the gaps in my knowledge base. this study strategy proved very successful for me.

    i had previously purchased several of the textbooks in the recommended reference list during my masters coursework (msn-nursing education). i used some of the reference materials in studying for the certification, but not all. an extremely helpful textbook for this exam is billings and halstead's teaching in nursing: a guide for faculty (2nd ed.).

    the benefits of cne certification for the nurse educator are numerous: recognition among peers, validation of knowledge and expertise, and a more competitive standing in a very tight job market.

    [color=windowtext][color=windowtext]the value of certification
    [color=windowtext]certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. for academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. it communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. by becoming credentialed as a certified nurse educator (cne), you serve as a leader and a role model.

    references

    the certified nurse educator (cne) examination

    eligibility requirements

    certified nurse educator examination - frequently asked questions (faqs)

    cne detailed test blueprint

    test blueprint

    recommended references

    certified nurse educator (cne) 2009 candidate handbook

    cne on tv: nursing educators proud of what they do

    amp support center information for the cne
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 16, '09

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    one of my instructors in my undergrad is a nurse educator. thank you for the resources!
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    Quote from iceyspots
    one of my instructors in my undergrad is a nurse educator. thank you for the resources!
    You're very welcome
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    I really would like to become a CNE in the future. Do you have to be a full time instructor to qualify to take the exam, or can you be a part time instructor?
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    I really would like to become a CNE in the future. Do you have to be a full time instructor to qualify to take the exam, or can you be a part time instructor?
    According to the Eligibility Requirements:

    You need to have an active RN license (US).

    A master's or doctoral degree in nursing with at least 9 credit hrs of graduate-level education courses. If you meet this educational requirement, then you need 2 years experience of full-time employment in an academic faculty role within the past 5 years.

    - OR -

    A master's or doctoral degree in nursing without education courses. In this case, you must have 4 years experience of full-time employment in an academic faculty role within the past 5 years.

    If you meet either of these options at the time of your application, you can be part-time. Hope this helps and best wishes to you
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    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 21, '09
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    thanks for the great info vicky. i'm currently in the msn-educator program. i am already bc through ancc in nursing professional education and am hoping this experience will also be helpful when i take the cne exam.
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