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CCM Nursing Professors Obtain Certified Nurse Educator Status

More Than 55 Percent of the Nursing Faculty Are Now CNE Certified

Patricia Baxter of Morris Plains, Kathleen Prokop of Florham Park, and Buffy Reilly of Oak Ridge, professors of Nursing at County College of Morris (CCM), recently obtained Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) status, a pinnacle in the profession of nursing education.

As a result, more than 55 percent of the full-time nursing faculty at CCM are now CNEs and 100-percent of the faculty members who teach second-year students are CNEs.

Offered through the National League of Nursing, the CNE demonstrates that academic nurse educators have obtained specialized knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as highly effective educators and leaders. 

“We’re really proud of our CNEs,” said Monica Maraska, chair of the Nursing department. “Obtaining certification is a comprehensive and rigorous process. By obtaining that status, our students are able to benefit from the special edge that CNE professors provide.”

The Associate in Applied Science Nursing program at CCM prepares individuals for employment as registered nurses in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, clinics and community health.  Graduates of the program are employed throughout Morris County and elsewhere in both general healthcare settings and in such specialty areas as medical-surgical, critical care, emergency care, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and other nursing fields. CCM credits from the Nursing program also are readily transferable toward a four-year nursing degree (BSN) at many state and private colleges and universities.