The Avila University School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Dr. Michele Hinds, of Lenexa, Kan., has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.
Hinds is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Avila University, teaching courses in research and socialization in nursing. In her socialization course, she discusses the importance of certification in nursing and how obtaining certification recognizes specialized knowledge in a field of practice.
“A few years ago, one of the students in the class asked if I was certified,” Hinds said. “At that time, certification in nursing education was not available. Since I worked so few hours in the clinical area, I did not meet the criteria for certification in my clinical practice area of pediatrics. So when the student asked, I felt awkward with the truth that I did not hold any certification in nursing. That moment, that question, and the answer I had to give stimulated my quest to become certified.”
Hinds said that now she feels relieved and she is grateful to the student who asked the hard question. She said that although the test was tedious, she is relieved to have the certification.
“I am delighted that Dr. Hinds took the initiative to sit for the exam and that her many years in nursing education are formally recognized,” said Dr. Susan Fetsch, Dean of the School of Nursing at Avila University. “When students have the opportunity to learn from a nurse educator with expertise in the teaching/learning process, the ultimate benefactor is the patient. What a wonderful contribution Dr. Hinds has made and will continue to make to the health care system.”
Hinds said that she is looking forward to this semester and said that she’s encouraging other nursing faculty to pursue certification as well.
“I took the exam for my own satisfaction and I am pretty satisfied that I was successful,” Hinds said. “I learned a lot in the process. The one thing that is a bit different now is that when we cover certification in nursing in the socialization class, I will be speaking as a nurse with a certification.”
Hinds has been on faculty at Avila University since 1994 and is responsible for teaching the child-health content. Hinds is also responsible for supervising students in their pediatric clinical rotation.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.