Belmont College

Belmont College and the National League of Nursing Program
Highlights Outstanding Nursing Faculty

Mrs. Sue White, Assistant Director and Program Chair of Practical and Registered Nursing.St. Clairsville, OH (November 27, 2012) – Belmont College is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sue White, Assistant Director and Program Chair of Practical and Registered Nursing, 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.

"Mrs. White has used her expertise as a Certified Nurse Educator to lead our nursing faculty through a number of initiatives this year,” said Dr. Brenda Lohri-Posey, Executive Dean of Academic Affairs. “These plans have included the redesign of our nursing curriculums, enhancement of test writing skills to prepare students for the national licensing examination, and the integration of simulation activities into the nursing laboratory setting."

Mrs. White received her nursing diploma from Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing. Additionally she received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University, as well as a Master’s degree in Nursing through Wheeling Jesuit University; her nursing experience is in medical/surgical nursing and pediatrics. Mrs. White has taught at Belmont College for over 24 years instructing nursing fundamentals and courses in the first- and second-year ADN program and she is a member of NLN (National League of Nursing), Sigma Theta Tau and is licensed in Ohio and West Virginia.

"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, CEO of the NLN. “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."

Newly certified nurse educators reflect the spectrum of their academic colleagues in the United States; as of August 2012 there are 3,415 certified nursing educators in the continental United States. Many academic nursing programs in college and university settings have recognized the importance of the certification and encourage all eligible nursing faculty members to become certified.

At Belmont College two solid nursing programs are maintained; the Associate Degree Nursing program and the Licensed Practical Nursing certificate program both of which Mrs. White is actively involved in overseeing.

The Nursing programs are designed to provide an educational opportunity in which students develop a scientific basis of nursing practice, and develop caring patient relationships. Under the direct supervision of qualified instructors, students experience patient interactions, which foster caring and empathetic approaches to nursing care.

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