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March 3: Kelly Watson earns CNE designation

Thursday, March 3, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—A faculty member in the Hood College Department of Nursing has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator.

Kelly A. Watson has met the eligibility criteria and successfully completed a certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing for the CNE designation.

Watson, who has more than 20 years of clinical experience, is a full-time faculty member teaching in both the Bachelor of Science in nursing completion and pre-licensure programs at Hood College. She also teaches in the graduate gerontology certificate program at Hood. She has received awards for research in geriatrics and gerontology from University of Maryland and the Maryland Gerontological Association. She is a doctor of nursing practice and a certified registered nurse practitioner.

“The NLN’s academic nurse educator certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Beverly Malone, NLN’s CEO. “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.”

For more information and for interview opportunities, contact Karen R. Klestzick, NLN chief communications officer, at 212-812-0376 or