November 28, 2010
Delk named Certified Nurse Educator
VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University Assistant Professor of
Nursing Sandra Delk earned the designation of Certified Nurse
Educator (CNE) from the National League for Nursing. Delk is the
first faculty member within VSU’s College of Nursing to earn this
Delk has been involved in nursing education for 18 years, first at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and at VSU since 2000.
Delk received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from VSU. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) and is also a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).
She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing (Epsilon Pi Chapter).
To be considered for CNE status, applicants must complete a strenuous examination and adhere to stringent criteria administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
According to Dr. Elaine Tagliareni, president of the NLN, almost half of current nurse faculty members are projected to retire within the next 10 years and more than 70 percent within 15 years.
“We must encourage more nurse faculty to prepare for certification as nurse educators so that our nursing schools can be staffed by academicians of the highest caliber,” Tagliareni said. “Only in this way can excellence in nursing education be ensured for another generation.”