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Penn State Fayette nursing educator earns elite certification

4/21/2010 —
Damien Zsiros, MSN, RN, an instructor in the Nursing program at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, has earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation. With this achievement, Zsiros join the ranks of only 171 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 Nursing Program Coordinator and nursing instructor Melissa Miner says, “Damien Zsiros is an excellent nurse educator and he serves as a role model for our nursing students. By becoming nationally certified as a nurse educator, he has demonstrated his expertise and excellence in this role!”

Penn State Fayette Interim Chancellor Dr. Francis Achampong agrees and explains that the certification credential is a significant accomplishment. “By making the commitment and investing time and effort to obtain this certification, Damien has demonstrated his dedication not only to remaining current in pedagogy, but to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in nursing education.”

Zsiros has been employed as a nursing faculty member at Penn State since 2006.  He teaches second-level nursing students in the classroom, lab and on clinical experiences in several local hospitals.  Zsiros says that he owes a great deal of thanks to the other nursing faculty at the Fayette Campus.  “My fellow instructors were very generous in sharing their expertise and mentoring me as I prepared for the CNE examination. It helped me succeed.”

Damien Zsiros

Damien Zsiros, nursing program instructor at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, earned the elite Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation that honors excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.
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