College of The Albemarle (COA) is pleased to announce that Robin Harris MSN, MSEd, CNE, RN, Dean of Health Sciences and Wellness programs at COA has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
Harris received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), graduating summa cum laude from East Carolina University (ECU) and has over 33 years experience in the nursing profession. After working in a variety of roles including medical surgical nursing, home health, long term care and as a Staff Development Coordinator, she became an instructor at COA in 1999. Her service at COA has included a variety of roles including instructor in nursing assistant courses, coordinator of the Medical Assisting program, and Admissions and Retention Coordinator for Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Health Science programs. She served as the Lead Curriculum Coordinator of ADN from 2007 through 2010 and headed the implementation of the concept based curriculum while earning a Master of Education in Health Education as well as a Master of Science in Nursing Education, both from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Her love of teaching and working with students has resulted in several awards, including Initiative Award for Excellence at COA, 2012; Graduate Student of The Year for Health Educator, St Joseph’s College of Maine; COA Teacher of The Year, 2009; and The Reynolds American Excellence in Teaching Award for the North Carolina Community College System in 2010. Her interests include leading initiatives such as the RN to BSN STEP Center and effective articulation agreements for BSN transition with ECU, Old Dominion University and other systems to promote educational progression of ADN nurses. She is currently an associate professor of the ADN program and is the Dean of Health Sciences and Wellness programs at COA.
Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN, said, “The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue. 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. In years to come, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure.”