CNE Program Policies: Standards for Graduation

Instructor: Allison Satorski

Allison Satorski has a Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in health education and assists in teaching both undergraduate and graduate public health courses.

This lesson will describe what a Certified Nurse Educator is and what their roles are. It will also discuss how the Certified Nurse Educator determines if a student will graduate from a nursing program.

The Role of a Certified Nurse Educator

A Certified Nurse Educator, also known as a CNE, is an important part of the faculty in many nursing programs. Certified Nurse Educators are Registered Nurses that have a Masters or Doctoral degree, and have taken a specialized test in order to become eligible to be a Certified Nurse Educator. Most Certified Nurse Educators have received their Masters or Doctorate in some form of nursing education. Certified Nurse Educators have the expertise necessary to make important decisions when it comes to nursing programs. They teach in the classroom and oversee clinical hours, but also have the task of helping nursing students to stay on track and complete the necessary requirements to graduate from a nursing program.

Determining Eligibility to Graduate

The process for a Certified Nurse Educator to determine if a student is eligible to graduate from a nursing program usually involves a few steps. They will hold meetings with other nursing program faculty to discuss the requirements that nursing students need to meet in order to graduate. Faculty will then be able to make sure that their curriculum and courses meet the necessary graduation requirements. This is extremely important because if the courses do not meet the requirements, students will not be able to graduate. It is vital that all faculty and staff of the nursing program communicate often. It is also important for the Certified Nurse Educator to continuously evaluate how the students are doing in the program. This includes making sure students are meeting the minimum GPA requirements and completing all required courses, as well as the necessary clinical hours.

Meetings with Students

When a student is not doing well enough to graduate, or is not meeting the minimum requirements for the nursing program, it may be necessary for the Certified Nurse Educator to hold a meeting with the student. The CNE can discuss with the student what areas they are struggling in, and what changes are necessary in order for them to achieve success and to graduate on time. The CNE may be able to recommend things such as tutoring if the student is doing poorly in their courses, or give guidance on obtaining more clinical hours.

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