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Two SCC Instructors Pass Certified Nurse Educator Exam

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Surry Community College Nursing Instructors Jade Tate and Dena Shore passed the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator exam in May.

“This NLN certification identifies them as experts in their field. Although we already knew this by their interaction with Surry students, this certification provides national recognition of these ladies as experts in the field of nursing education. We are extremely proud of them both, ” said Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences.

The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification program is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator. Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a way that faculty can demonstrate their expertise in this role. Certification communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. Credentialed certified nurse educators serve as leaders and role models.

Shore has been a nurse for nine years working for rehabilitation and care centers in Yadkinville and Morehead City and at Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) and Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. Her primary background is seven years of inpatient hematology/oncology nursing at WFBH; she is an Oncology Certified Nurse. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing from Winston-Salem State University and earned the Associate Degree Nursing at Surry Community College where she has taught for about two years. She also writes continuing education material for nursing. She is a graduate of Forbush High School and is a resident of Yadkinville.

“Probably one of my favorite parts about being an instructor here at Surry is the fact that I went through the Associate Degree Nursing program here; so, I acutely empathize with the students and draw from the amazing educators I had during my experience. I am also inherently grateful for the support of my team at Surry Community College. With such strong support, I am able to consistently provide a unique and creative learning experience for each nursing student at SCC. Earning this certification has lent me to even more ideas and techniques to provide the deep learning that is so necessary for our profession – a goal of extraordinary, ” Shore said.

Tate has been a nurse for 10 years. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lenoir Rhyne University and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Catawba Valley Community College. She has worked as a Nurse Educator at SCC since 2013. Also, she currently works in the Emergency Department at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) and Yadkin Valley Home Health, a department of HCMH. In April, she began working part-time for ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) as an NCLEX review coach. She also writes continuing education material for nursing. Previously, she worked at Davidson County Community College as a Nurse Educator, served as an OBGYN nurse at Blue Ridge Women's Center, and a Critical Care Nurse for Novant Forsyth Medical Center. She graduated from East Wilkes High School and resides in Elkin.

“My favorite part about being a nursing educator at SCC is having the opportunity to observe the personal and educational growth of our students. I enjoy watching students blossom into competent, novice nurses during their two years at SCC, ” Tate said. “Our students graduate the nursing program and make huge impacts in the health care community. Being a small part of their success is what makes my career at SCC most rewarding. Earning my certification in nursing education will help me continue to bring ideas to the classroom that challenge our students to be the very best. ”

Surry Community College offers the following Nursing programs: Nurse Aide, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, and the LPN-ADN or Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing. In collaboration with Lees-McRae College, students can also earn a Bachelor in Science in Nursing while at Surry Community College.

For more information on Surry's nursing programs, contact the Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Dr. Yvonne Johnson, RN, at (336) 386-3368 or johnsony@surry.edu. Follow Surry's nursing students on Facebook @surrynursing.

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