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We are getting more and more jazzed for the ACEN 2018 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference here at the ACEN office, and really hope that you will be there with us for the experience! The conference is a scholarly forum for faculty, nurse administrators, and students to share best practices in nursing education. You will learn new educational methods as well as proven practices, meet and network with your peers, interact with the ACEN Board of Commissioners, meet our dynamic Chief Executive Officer, and enjoy the numerous amenities of Atlanta, Georgia. The event offers more than 36 continuing education credits, poster presentations, vendors, a Human Library, and complimentary lunch and snacks like only the Omni can provide. See the full conference program at http://conference.acenursing.org/program/ and don't forget to register before the prices go up!


Nursing Academic Progression: An Imperative

By Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN

Chief Executive Officer, OADN

I would like to begin by stating how enthused OADN is about the newly formed partnership with ACEN. Our goal through this partnership is to increase the benefits and the efficacy of the support network for associate degree nursing (ADN) programs and their students. Accreditation has never been more important as it is today as a result of academic progression. The innovative partnership models between university and community colleges often require the accreditation of the ADN program. I applaud ACEN for their support of these new models of nursing education, and believe it will only prove to advance opportunities for students, as well as meet the healthcare workforce needs.

In the past five years, there has been a major focus on academic progression as a result of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) releasing its report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This report was a thorough examination of how nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education should change to meet the needs of an aging, increasingly diverse population and to respond to a complex, evolving health care system. The Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) work funded by the Robert Wood Johnson strengthened partnerships between nursing educators and employers and fostered implementation of new models of education progression. The APIN work concluded in June, 2017 but it was imperative that this work continue.

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) was formally launched in July, 2017 to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the country. NEPIN’s diverse collaborative of stakeholders have joined to create urgency and national focus to identify, support and scale practices that advance BSN and higher nurse preparation. This collaborative is working to ensure that community colleges, universities and employers work in full collaboration to educate current and future nurses to the baccalaureate and beyond. NEPIN is new, but the organization’s goals emanate from APIN. Through the creation of a comprehensive national resource, dissemination of data, expansion of alliances, and promotion of successful methods, NEPIN will broaden and build on the previous work of APIN.

NEPIN is partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the United States. Leadership of the initiative includes the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, and Western Governors University. With a mission of fostering collaboration to ensure that nurses have access to higher levels of education and achievement, the vision of NEPIN is a diverse nursing workforce that optimizes the health of all Americans. ...


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International Nursing Accreditation by the ACEN

Since 2000, the ACEN has been involved in accrediting international nursing programs. The first accredited international program was the baccalaureate nursing program offered at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. Since that time, the ACEN has continued to accredit nursing programs world-wide. Currently, the ACEN has six (6) international programs accredited in the countries of Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Turkey, and Jordan. An additional three (3) programs will be hosting Consulting Visits in 2018 as a component of the international Candidacy process plus there are several other programs and countries in various stages of the candidacy process. The majority of the programs are at the baccalaureate level, however, a master’s nursing program is accredited and an associate degree program is pursuing the candidacy process. The ACEN accredits all six (6) levels of nursing from the practical through the clinical doctorate.

ACEN is the only international nursing accreditation agency based in the United States. The recognition of the ACEN by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation includes the ACEN’s international efforts.

The international nursing programs utilize the same set of Standards and Criteria as the domestic programs accredited by the ACEN. The candidacy process is essentially the same with the exception of a consulting visit. The consulting visit allows the ACEN to ensure that the program is prepared for the accreditation process prior to sending the team of peer evaluators for an initial accreditation visit.

Recently, the ACEN had the opportunity to participate in the Second International Nursing Conference – Transforming Nursing Future: Technology, Innovation, and Collaboration that was hosted by Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. The conference had 16 different countries represented and had over 400 attendees. ACEN hosted a pre-conference on international accreditation with over 70 people in attendance representing many of the countries. Nell Ard, Associate Director, also provided the plenary session on Collaboration.

Nursing education, world-wide, has many of the same challenges experienced by programs in the United States with the shortage of nurses, the need to ensure students are prepared to meet the needs of the healthcare industry, and a shortage of faculty members. With its international focus, the ACEN has become a collaborate partner with nursing programs world-wide. If you have any questions about the international accreditation process for the ACEN, please go to the ACEN website www.acenursing.org and the additional resources for international programs: www.acenursing.org/resources-for-international-programs/.


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Limited spots remain!

An incredibly valuable resource for both program administrators and faculty, the ACEN Self-Study Forum has recently undergone a revitalization to bring you more of what you've asked for! Set your whole team up for success with a foundation of understanding the standards of accreditation. Participants earn 9.5 continuing education contact hours, plus, you can attend an additional post-session CEU opportunity called "Taking it to the Next Level: Tackling Standards 4 and 6 Head On" focusing on the most challenging lessons learned during the forum and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

This short-term investment has long-term positive outcomes for you and your program!

In September 2017 the ACEN office gained a new Marketing Communications Specialist, Blu Nordgren. Blu holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University, and has more than a decade of experience working with graphics, media, and business operations.

Blu is thrilled to be part of the ACEN family and really enjoys both the visual design aspects of the job as well as the analytical part of outreach efforts. In her free time she loves to take long hikes in the beautiful Georgia mountains, and to get silly with her two-year-old son, Atlas.

March 15 - 16, Providence

What: ACEN Spring 2018 Self-Study Forum

Where: The Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island

April 5 - 6, San Antonio

What: ACEN Spring 2018 Self-Study Forum

Where: The Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas

April 18 - 20, Fish Camp

What: COADN North Deans/Directors Meeting & Faculty Conference

Where: Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, California

July 12 - 14, Atlanta

What: 2018 ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Conference: Quality Education Through Accreditation

Where: The Omni Atlanta Hotel – CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia

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Q: Why is ACEN Accreditation Important?

A: Currently, in most states, specialized accreditation for pre-licensure nursing programs is voluntary. There are states however, where specialized accreditation through an agency recognized by the USDE is mandatory. ACEN is recognized by the USDE and CHEA. Participating in the ACEN accreditation process gives a program the opportunity to validate that it is committed to providing a quality nursing program and through the review of the program by peers, the extent to which the program meets expected standards of educational quality specific to nursing education. ACEN accreditation requires that a nursing program continually assesses and make improvements in the educational quality of the nursing program based on data. This is done by evaluating specific Standards and Criteria, which include mission, faculty, students, curriculum, resources, and outcomes.


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