School of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Educator Academy

Clinical Nurse Educator Academy

This Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Clinical Faculty Preceptor Academy grant website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,697,466. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, not an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit


The Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) Academy is a professional development program designed to prepare practicing registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice RNs (APRNs) as clinical faculty and preceptors. The CNE Academy will serve nurses from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 6).

The National League for Nursing (NLN) defines a clinical nurse educator as one who:

  • Is responsible for facilitating learning primarily in a clinical setting;
  • Reports to an academic program of nursing education; and
  • Has input into the assessments of the learner's clinical performance (NLN, 2018).

The CNE Academy refers to clinical faculty (hired and staffed by an academic nursing program) and preceptors (hired and staffed by a clinical agency) as clinical nurse educators.


The project aims to expand academic practice partnerships (APPs) within rural and underserved areas for the CNE Academy and increase clinical nurse educators to serve as clinical faculty or clinical preceptors for the region. The purpose of the CNE Academy is to increase the registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice RN (APRN) nursing workforce as skilled and qualified academic clinical faculty and/or clinical preceptors focused on the development and support of nursing students and transitioning nurses into practice within rural and underserved areas across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 6.


The CNE Academy will achieve the following goals.

  1. Increase the nursing workforce by recruiting, training, and producing skilled qualified clinical nursing faculty and preceptors, by:
  2. Increasing the number of academic practice partnerships (APPs) to create a network of entities that can enable the recruitment and education of a diverse group of CNEs within the rural and/or medically underserved areas (MUAs) of HHS Region 6;
  3. Developing a CNE Academy for HHS Region 6; and
  4. Increasing the number of clinical nursing educators within rural or MUAs (retention).
  5. Prepare nurses to serve as clinical nursing faculty and preceptors to newly hired or transitioning licensed nurses in a variety of care settings in rural or underserved areas, by:
  6. Increasing the knowledge and skills of RN and APRN CNEs to support the development of students and nurses transitioning into the nursing workforce.

Program Requirements and Incentives

Practicing nurses who complete CNE Academy programming will receive 11.25 NCPD contact hours for the Registered Nurse; 12.0 NCPD contact hours for Nurse Midwives, and 9.75 NCPD contact hours for Nurse Practitioners at no cost and a one-time stipend of $850, as funds allow.

Practicing nurses who become CNE®cl certified through NLN (nurse will be responsible for exam cost) can sign an agreement to commit to the role of clinical faculty or preceptor at their current organization that is linked to an accredited school of nursing Region 6 partner. The CNE®cl certified nurses who make the commitment will receive an annual stipend of $4,000 for a maximum of two years. Region 6 School of Nursing partners will work with LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing to determine the appropriate number of hours that a practicing nurse will have to precept in order to successfully honor the agreement and receive the annual stipend.

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Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (LSUHNO) School of Nursing - Nursing Continuing Professional Development & Entrepreneurial Enterprise (P0111) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. 

Nursing participants may earn up to a maximum of 11.25 NCPD contact hours for the Registered Nurse; 12.0 NCPD contact hours for Nurse Midwives, and 9.75 NCPD contact hours for Nurse Practitioners.  Each nursing participant must complete each module and/or complete the full program for which contact hours are requested and must complete an evaluation of each module and final program completion to receive contact hours.

Disclosure: The presenters and activity planners for this program have disclosed no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Leanne Fowler   LaKeshia SantaMarina
Academic Practice Partner Liaison
LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing
Leanne Fowler   Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, APRN, AGACNP-BC, CNE
Project Director, HRSA NEPQR Clinical Faculty Preceptor Academy Program
Program Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs
LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing