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Two Penn State Fayette nursing educators earn elite certification

Janet Knott (left) and Melissa Miner
10/17/2007 —
UNIONTOWN, PA – Melissa Miner and Janet Knott, instructors in the Nursing program at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, have earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation. With this achievement, Miner and Knott join the ranks of only 55 nurse educators in Pennsylvania who currently hold this national credential.
    The Certified Nurse Educator certification program is administered by the New York City-based National League for Nursing (NLN). The CNE certification program was established in 2005 to “recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.”  Candidates for certification must complete a rigorous standardized examination.
    Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN, explains, “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.”
    Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Osagie says, “This accomplishment by Melissa Miner and Janet Knott is exceptional, and illustrates the professionalism and expertise of our Penn State Fayette nursing program educators. Both of these instructors are extremely dedicated in preparing our community’s future nurses and nurse educators to be the best possible. This certification acknowledges their special skills, knowledge and commitment to nursing education as a career.”
    In the Penn State University system, Miner and Knott are two of seven who currently hold the credential.
    Miner has been an instructor at Penn State Fayette since 1994. She is the campus coordinator for nursing, in addition to being a nursing instructor. Miner earned a bachelor of science degree from Penn State and a master of science in nursing from Duquesne University. She also is an adult health clinical specialist with the APRN (Advanced Practicing Registered Nurse) designation.
    Knott has been a nursing instructor at Penn State Fayette for the past eight years. She graduated with a master of science in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999, and is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in nursing education.

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