Santa Monica College (SMC) associate dean of health sciences Ida Maria Danzey has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator after successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Danzey, who has served as associate dean since December 2003, completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice through Case Western Reserve University in January. A nurse educator for more than 30 years, she successfully completed the examination for Certified Nurse Educator in June.

The Certified Nurse Educator program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community, which is long overdue, said Dr. Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the League for Nursing.

“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,” she said.

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, SMC officials note.

The National League for Nursing unveiled the Certified Nurse Educator program in 2005, with 174 passing the examination the first year, an 85 percent pass rate, representing 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As of March 31st, a total of 954 nurse educators, representing every state, have earned the Certified Nurse Educator credential nationwide with an overall pass rate of 83 percent.