July 2016

Volume X - Issue 03

ACEN Board Approves
2017 Standards and Criteria for Accreditation
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to announce that after careful review and consideration of all comments received, the ACEN Board of Commissioners voted at its July 2016 meeting to approve the revisions to the Standards. Thank you to all the individuals who provided comments during the two (2) public comment periods. 
The 2017 Standards and Criteria will become effective January 1, 2017
  1. All programs being reviewed from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 have the choice of being reviewed under the 2013 Standards and Criteria OR the 2017 Standards and Criteria. Programs must use either ALL the 2013 Standards and Criteria or ALL the 2017 Standards and Criteria. There can't be "mixing and matching" between the 2013 Standards and Criteria or the 2017 Standards and Criteria.
  2. All programs being reviewed beginning January 1, 2018 will do so under the 2017 Standards and Criteria. 
The ACEN has developed a side-by-side comparison of the 2017 and current 2013 Standards and Criteria reflecting a description of the changes. 
The ACEN is in the process of producing a PowerPoint presentation that will offer guidance to programs and peer evaluators on the application/implementation of the 2017 Standards and Criteria. The presentation will be available approximately October 1, 2016. All program evaluators will be required to view the presentation by December 31, 2016.
The changes in the 2017 Standards and Criteria will be introduced at the Fall 2016 Self-Study Forums being held in Atlanta, GA and Baltimore, MD.  http://www.acenursing.org/self-study-forums/
As always, the ACEN professional staff are available to answer your questions. Please feel comfortable contacting us by email or telephone. http://www.acenursing.org/acen-staff-3/



Register Today!
Fall Self-Study Forum Featuring the 2017 Standards and Criteria


Two locations to choose from...


The Fall 2016 ACEN Self-Study Forums are scheduled for September 15-16, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center and October 6-7, 2016 in Baltimore, MD, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.  Both will be featuring the new 2017 ACEN Accreditation Standards and Criteria. The Forums continue to be the best resource for programs planning for candidacy and initial accreditation as well as nursing administrators and faculty from all program types to learn about the accreditation process.  For all attendees, the Fall 2016 Forums will be offering a free special session: A Focus on Standard 6 Outcomes in Atlanta; and A Focus on Standard 4 Curriculum in Baltimore. 


For more information or to register, visit www.acenursing.org/self-study-forums.



ACEN Endorses 2016 Criteria for the Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 5th Edition

The ACEN is excited to announce its endorsement of the 2016 Criteria for the Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 5th Edition recently released by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The new Criteria can be found on the NONPF website (www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/Docs/EvalCriteria2016Final.pdf).  The ACEN participated in the consensus revision of the Criteria and is committed to ensuring excellence in and the preparation of highly qualified, competent nurse practitioner graduates.


The 2016 Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs offers an important resource for those involved in the education, credentialing, and licensing of nurse practitioners. The 2016 Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs combined with the ACEN Standards and Criteria, will provide the basis for evaluating all ACEN accredited nursing programs that offer nurse practitioner program options. The ACEN will implement the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs effective January 1, 2017. As a resource for programs, the ACEN has developed a crosswalk of the changes in the 2016 Criteria and the ACEN 2013 and 2017 Standards and Criteria.  The crosswalk for the 2013 Standards can be accessed at www.acenursing.net/resources/2013ACEN-2016NONPF.pdf and the crosswalk for the 2017 Standards at www.acenursing.net/resources/2017ACEN-2016NONPF.pdf



Volunteers Needed!
ACEN Annual Accreditation Conference
Committee and Subcommittees 
The ACEN is planning to host its inaugural Annual Accreditation Conference in 2018. This anticipated event seeks to connect the community of nursing education accreditation scholars by creating dialogue about nursing education accreditation; to educate program faculty about accreditation to increase success with the ACEN accreditation process; and to create networking opportunities within the community of scholars on nursing education accreditation. 
Applicants must be from an ACEN-accredited nursing program and able to participate on a monthly planning call on a multi-year commitment. Having previously served on a planning committee or strong knowledge regarding conference planning is preferred. If you or someone you know will bring innovation and creativity to the ACEN Accreditation Conference, send a letter of interest by September 1, 2016 to:  
ACEN Annual Conference
c/o Alex Mariquit
Director of Operations, ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326 



Nominate a Colleague
to Serve as a Public Member of
the Appeal Panel
The purpose of the Appeal Panel is to review the Board of Commissioners' decision to deny initial accreditation or deny continuing accreditation of a nursing program.  An appeal occurs only if a nursing program pursues this action.  See ACEN Policy #10 at www.acenursing.net/manuals/Policies_March2016.pdf.
Do you know a person interested in serving as a public member on the Appeal Panel?
Public members are individuals with no connection to the discipline of nursing. An individual representing the public may not be:


  1. An employee, an owner, or a shareholder of a governing organization with any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.
  2. A member of a governing organization's governing board with any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.
  3. A consultant to any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.
  4. Affiliated or associated with any nursing accreditation agency or nursing organization such as AACN, ANA or NLN.
  5. A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in the above statements.

We encourage you to nominate someone to serve on this very important committee.  Please send your nomination to cmorris@acenursing.org.


Join Us in Welcoming the Newest Members of the ACEN Professional Staff


Marina Slemmons, PhD, RN, CPNP


Dr. Marina Slemmons joined the ACEN as a professional staff member in late May. Dr. Slemmons comes to us with a background in nursing education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has expertise in advanced practice. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas System School of Nursing and her Master's and PhD are from Texas Woman's University. She also has two post-master's certificates as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Emory University and in Healthcare Informatics from University of Illinois Chicago. Most recently, she has been on the faculty at Georgia State University and University of North Georgia; teaching at the graduate level. She has been involved in accreditation at both the university and program-level and was the co-director of North Georgia's Information Literacy Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for their SACSCOC reaffirmation.


Keri Nunn-Ellison, EdD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE


Dr. Keri Nunn-Ellison will be joining the ACEN as member of the professional staff in August. Dr. Nunn-Ellison is a Certified Nurse Educator and currently the Associate Program Administrator for Nursing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She has nursing practice experience in medical-surgical, intensive care, and hospice environments and was working as nursing faculty before her appointment to Associate Program Administrator at Sinclair Community College.  Dr. Nunn-Ellison holds an associate in applied science degree in nursing from Sinclair Community College, a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Cincinnati, a master of science in nursing with an emphasis in nursing and health care education from University of Phoenix, and a doctor of education with a specialization in educational leadership and management from Capella University.


Share Your Expertise... Become an ACEN Program Evaluator


Being an ACEN Peer Evaluator is a rewarding opportunity and a way to be part of a quality improvement process through accreditation. Accreditation is one way that institutions and academic programs embrace quality assurance and improvement to become stronger and better institutions and programs. ACEN accreditation sets standards of educational quality specific to nursing education and peer evaluators assess the extent to which the program meets these expected standards. Peer evaluators make recommendations to the ACEN Board of Commissioners and are knowledgeable about common, contemporary, and best practices within the various program types, appropriate curricula, and conventions and current trends in healthcare, nursing education, and/or nursing practice.


Find out more about becoming an ACEN Peer Evaluator at www.acenursing.org/becoming-an-acen-peer-evaluator/.


Nominate someone to be an ACEN Peer Evaluator at www.acenursing.org/program-evaluator-nomination/.


ACEN Accreditation Seal


We are pleased to provide ACEN-accredited nursing programs with the ACEN Accreditation Seal.  As a mark of quality, the ACEN seal conveys to your current and prospective students as well as your communities of interest a commitment to the national standards for nursing programs as well as a focus on continuous improvement within the nursing program. Available at www.acenursing.org/guidelines-accreditation-seal/


Requests for an ACEN Certificate of Accreditation



The nurse administrator of a nursing program may submit a request for the ACEN Certificate of Accreditation. Certificates are issued to programs that have been granted initial or continuing accreditation. Certificates for nursing programs with the status of continuing accreditation with conditions or continuing accreditation with warning or warning for good cause may be requested when the nursing program is found to be in compliance with all Accreditation Standards.



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