Wiregrass Instructor Rebecka Careaga named Certified Nurse Educator

August 8, 2013

Scholarship Recipients
Rebecka Careaga, RN, MSN, CNE

Valdosta, GA – Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is pleased to announce that Rebecka Careaga 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.

Rebecka has been a nurse for 18 years. She became a licensed practical nurse in 1995 and later earned her associate of nursing degree. After working in a number of diverse settings due to many military moves, she discovered that she had a passion for helping nursing students. She would often be a guide to them whenever they were in the hospital on their clinical rotations. While stationed overseas, Rebecka earned a bachelor degree in health care administration. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed her bachelor of science in nursing degree and then a master of science in nursing education. “It was very important to me to obtain my CNE certification. I considered it a very high honor to be able to specialize in educating and inspiring future nurses.” Rebecka has been teaching at the technical college level since 2011. She is currently an associate of science in nursing faculty member with Wiregrass Georgia Tech.

“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Dr. 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.” In years to come, she added, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure. The 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 colleges and university settings have recognized the importance of the certification and encourage all eligible nursing faculty to become certified.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is awaiting final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to begin the associate of science degree in nursing program on the Valdosta Capus. The tentative start date is January 7, 2014. For information on the program, please contact Darlene Ridley at 229-333-2100.

About the National League for Nursing:
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.