National League for Nursing Program Highlights Standout Nurse Faculty


Aberdeen, S.D. – Presentation College is pleased to announce that Dr. Betty Leslie Beimel has earned the designation of 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 (NLN).


When asked about her professional interests Dr. Beimel replied, “I am especially interested in adult rural healthcare. I have lived in rural western Pennsylvania and practiced in a variety of settings with the majority of time spent in home health care. I have been a nurse for over 24 years. I have been a nurse faculty for 13 years now with experience in traditional and online settings. I have a special passion for building nursing curriculum and pedagogy.”


Dr. Beimel, works for the Nursing Department at Presentation College as the MSN Program Director and Associate Professor. She got her PhD at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies in 2016 and MSN in Nursing Education at Regis University in 2006.


The NLN’s Certification Program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community, 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,” she stated. In years to come, she added, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotion and tenure.


“Dr. Betty Leslie Beimel is a vital team member and leader at Presentation College.  I am proud to announce that she recently achieved that distinction as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). The CNE demonstrates professionalism and distinction in the advanced role as an academic nurse educator,” said Dr. Sandra Welling, Dean of Nursing at Presentation College.


As of 2018, there are approximately 8,000 certified nurse educators in the United States and, since the program is now offered globally, internationally. 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.


With nearly half (42.8%) of nurse faculty projected to retire within the next decade, and 70% within 15 years, replacing nurse faculty has become a priority issue in nursing education. Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.