JOHNSON CITY (June 29, 2016) – An East Tennessee State University dean is helping to expand and strengthen schools of nursing across the south by serving in a leadership role for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of ETSU’s College of Nursing, has been working for the better part of a year as the vice president of the SREB’s Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. The council aims to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to train the nation’s registered nurses.
“The Council works to strengthen college-based nursing programs at all levels – associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral – that prepare registered nurses for entry-level and advanced practice positions,” Nehring explained. “We are focused on four key areas – the SREB Nurse Educator Consortium, which is a collaborative of web-based courses for nurse educators; an annual survey of nursing education programs to document important trends; an annual meeting each fall; and leadership development to prepare aspiring nurse educators for leadership roles in academic and practice settings.”
The SREB represents 16 states as well as Washington, D.C. It is the only regional organization for nurse educators in the nation affiliated with an interstate compact for education.
Nehring has served as an SREB board member since 2014, taking on the role of vice president of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing in late 2015. She will serve in the role through November.