Melissa Moser named Certified Nurse Educator

Lake Region State College Nursing program is pleased to announce that Melissa Moser has earned the designation of Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator®(CNE®cl) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Moser, Assistant Professor of Nursing, started her nursing career in 1995 with a diploma in Practical nursing from Northland Community College. In 1999 she completed her Associate Degree also from Northland Community College.  

She later went on to become a BSN, RN completing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2006 from Minot State University, and then her MSN, master’s degree in nursing education from Walden University in 2016.  Melissa has been an instructor since 2011 at Lake Region State College. 

“I am proud of this designation as it was a long process of preparation to write the certification exam.  That preparation helped me not only to pass the exam, but to learn techniques and strategies to assist the students to become the best nurses possible” Melissa said.    

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 of excellence,” she stated. Malone added that in years to come, 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, 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.

Established in 1941, Lake Region State College is a comprehensive community college based in Devils Lake, ND.  LRSC offers education in a variety of career and technical programs and associate arts (transfer) degree for those planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The college offers its peace officer training program in Minot each spring, Grand Forks and Fargo each summer; its nursing program in Grand Forks and Mayville; is part of the Grand Forks Air Force Base Education Center; has a program called LAUNCH! that serves students in Grand Forks planning on transferring to UND; numerous degrees and courses online; and early entry and dual credit courses for eligible high school students.