A nurse educator pilot project at Regis College has been awarded the Peg E. Daw NLN Certification Star Award, an annual recognition of individuals, programs, or organizations that exemplify the pursuit of excellence and advancement of nurse educator certifications. The project was created by Regis associate professor of nursing C. Andrew Martin, DNP, MS, RN, CNE, ACRN, CHPN, and made possible by a grant from the Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholars Program.

Dr. Martin developed an online Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) Preparation Course for graduate nursing faculty with the goal of increasing the number of CNE® certifications from 16 to 20 percent. The project exceeded the anticipated goal by increasing the number to 24 percent. According to the National League for Nursing (NLN), the CNE® certification recognizes an academic nurse educator’s specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities, and faculty who have passed the exam demonstrate proficiency of the full scope of the NLN Core Competencies.

“At Regis, we're dedicated to fostering an environment that empowers our students to grow and succeed. In order to do that, one of our top priorities is to invest in the growth of our faculty and staff through professional development. Dr. Martin's initiative to improve the credentials of our nursing faculty by encouraging them to obtain CNE® certification will have a substantial impact on the quality of nursing education at our university,” said President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN.

Dr. Martin has been a supporter of specialty certification for over two decades, supporting his nursing colleagues in achieving certification in various practice settings. He is certified as Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®), AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN), and Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN). He currently sits on the board of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board as a Director at Large.