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The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Moulton Named a Recipient of Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award

October 13, 2020

Assistant professor awarded funds for completing Certified Nurse Educator credential.

Baltimore, Md. – Michelle Moulton, DNP ’19, MS ’09, RN, PCCN-K, CHSE, CNE, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, was named a recipient of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) Award granted by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) through the Nurse Support Program (NSP) II.

She was awarded the maximum amount of $5,000 for demonstrating excellence as an academic nurse educator through achieving the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential.

The CNE credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a CNE, she serves as a leader and role model.

Developed by NSP II, which is funded by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by MHEC, at the request and with the guidance of the Maryland Council of Deans and Directors of Nursing Programs, the ANEC award program recognizes professionalism in support of ongoing faculty development requirements necessary to maintain the CNE credential. The awards are intended to assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining nursing faculty to produce the additional nursing graduates required by Maryland’s hospitals and health systems.

The award funds may be used to supplement the awardee’s salary; to pay for activities for professional development, including conference fees and travel and expenses for speaking engagements; to pay professional dues, CNE examination fees, and continuing education expenses; or to assist with graduate education expenses, such as loan repayment.

To prepare for their own CNE certifications, Michelle R. Spencer, DNP ’19, MS ’06, BSN ’84, RN, assistant professor, and Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor, completed a MHEC prep course,  Certified Nurse Educator Workshop, on Feb. 21, 2020.  

“We are grateful to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for creating the Academic Nurse Educator Certificate Award program; it underscores the importance of the Certified Nurse Educator credential. We deeply appreciate MHEC’s support of our nursing faculty in preparing for and achieving this designation of expertise in nursing education,” said Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We congratulate Dr. Moulton on this achievement and look forward to her joining with other CNE-credentialed faculty to continually advance teaching excellence at UMSON.”  


The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top nursing schools nationwide. Enrolling nearly 2,100 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.