Lynore Dutton DeSilets, EdD, BSN ’64, RN-BC

Lyn DeSilets

‌Dr. Lyn DeSilets is Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care in the College of Nursing at Villanova University. She attended Miami University then received her BSN from the France Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1964. She earned an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 with a focus on adult health and illness and a minor in education, and an EdD from Temple University in 1990, with a major in adult and continuing education.

Dr. DeSilets began her career in clinical practice and then practiced as an instructor in diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate nursing programs. For the past 30 years she has been at Villanova University, where she developed a nationally recognized program in Continuing Education that has established partnerships with the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, healthcare organizations, corporations, nursing organizations and health care delivery supporters. She created the highly regarded Role Excellence post-master’s certificate course 25 years ago, which provides a forum for nurse executives to discuss their issues. She shares her knowledge globally, speaking to audiences in such places as Italy and Russia. She also was a consultant on the development of the Russian CE model. Most recently, Dr.Silets was an invited consultant for the Ministry of Health, Singapore, for both the National University Hospital and the SingHealth cluster. In 2007 she was one of only six nurses invited to attend the conference sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation “Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Improving Healthcare Through Lifelong Learning”.

Dr. DeSilets has supported nursing professional development in her position as associate editor for The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, and through her membership on the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (as the sole non-hospice certified member) and her long-term leadership in the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. She has been a recipient of the association’s education award.

Since the mid 1980s she has provided leadership in both certification and accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She was chair of the content expert panel responsible for the ANCC certification exam in nursing professional development. She is also one of the longest standing ANCC accreditation appraisers and is currently a member of the Commission on Accreditation. Her expertise has been sought by ANCC for taskforces such as those that revised the ANCC accreditation manual and developed the criteria for the prestigious “Premier” designation for exemplary CNE providers.

Dr. DeSilets has shared her expertise through articles in refereed journals, books and presentations. She is a founding member of the Professional Nurse Educators Group and is working on the development of a repository for the history of CE. She is a dedicated role model for her colleagues sharing expertise and guidance, and is committed to the professional development of the next generation of nurses.

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