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NGCSU Dept. of Nursing awarded nearly $40K by USG

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Dr. Bonita Jacobs
DAHLONEGA - The Department of Nursing at North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) has been awarded $39,700 to support a Nurse Educator Certification Drive (NECD).

Provided through the Nursing Faculty Initiative of the University System of Georgia (USG), the award will fund all components of the NECD  a program designed to help North Georgia nursing faculty become Certified Nurse Educators (CNE). The grant was secured by Dr. Michelle Byrne, coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Education Program at North Georgia.

 North Georgia s nursing education program has a long history of excellence, and our graduates have a significant impact in healthcare across this region, said Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University.  This award acknowledges the quality of our program and provides valuable support that will further strengthen the educational opportunities in nursing.

The NECD will be a department-based program that supports the attainment of the nurse-educator certification, covering exam fees, study books, and funding for a national expert to provide a workshop on exam preparation this fall. The program also will support professional and leadership development activities for nursing faculty.

 This program really incentivizes best practices in nursing education, Byrne said.  Our faculty will have the opportunity to obtain a credential that is highly valued in our discipline and represents professional excellence.

According to the National League for Nursing, the nurse-educator certification establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role.

North Georgia began offering the Master of Science in Nursing Education degree in 2006. This concentration has focused on generating nurse educators with the ability to construct and deliver successful curricula and programs. North Georgia has graduated more than 50 nurse educators, the majority of whom currently practice in Georgia.

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