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Oct. 29, 2007
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EMU nursing professor awarded national certification

YPSILANTI - Diane Porretta Fox, assistant professor in Eastern Michigan University’s School of Nursing, has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Fox received the designation after successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the New York City-based National League for Nursing (NLN).

“This certification promotes a standard of excellence for nursing educators, which is needed nationally,” said Fox, 57, of Tecumseh, Mich.

“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,” said Beverly Malone, NLN’s CEO.            A graduate of Sienna Heights College, Fox also earned a master’s degree in nursing from EMU and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.

Fox is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership in EMU’s College of Education.

A certified asthma educator, Fox serves on the national interdisciplinary asthma educator board of directors for the National Asthma Educators Certification Board. She also is a registered respiratory therapist and a respiratory neonatal pediatric specialist.


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