November 2015

Volume IX - Issue 04

Reflections
Dr. Marcy Stoll, ACEN CEO

 

Holiday Greetings from the ACEN! I cannot believe we are already saying goodbye to 2015 as it is been a milestone year for the ACEN.  As you may know, December 1st marks my one year anniversary as CEO of the ACEN and I cannot help but smile reflecting on our accomplishments. In my first Bridges correspondence, I shared that I would work hard to fulfill the vision of the ACEN being the leading accrediting agency for all types of nursing education programs – nationwide and internationally.

 

When I say the ACEN, I do not mean the Commission staff alone. I recognize that all of you are part of the 1,230+ ACEN-accredited programs (and not only the 83 programs that rely on the ACEN for access to Title IV funds). This past year, we have worked hand and hand with you to ensure that high academic excellence and ethical standards are maintained to provide the best education to the next generation of nurses. 

 

Our accreditation is known to be rigorous and some have suggested the "gold standard" in nursing education accreditation.  While accreditation needs to be rigorous it also needs to be fair and transparent.  This is the only way to ensure excellence and integrity; serving students, society, and the public interest reliably and responsibly; and being the role model for accreditation best practices and effectiveness. I promised I would listen this year and as I result our partnership and the ACEN is stronger because of your voice.

 

So what did we accomplish this year?  Below are just a few of our achievements:

 

  • We reached agreement on our bylaws and these were submitted to the U. S. Department of Education (USDOE) in support of our recognition process.  We are scheduled to participate in the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity's (NACIQI) December 2015 meeting. I am confident that the revised bylaws satisfy both NACIQI's and the USDOE's expectations and I will continue to update you on our progress.
  • Initiated the review of selected Standards and Criteria with a projected date for completion of the process being November 2016. Bridges, October 2015
  • Initiated the exploration of residency program accreditation standards. Bridges, October 2015
  • Reviewed all 25 ACEN accreditation polices and 20 of the policies were revised.  Most notable is Policy #20 Substantive Changes.  If you are a nurse administrator and have not taken advantage of the telephone conference calls about the revisions I encourage you to sign up for a session.  Policy #14 Orientation
  • Hired ACEN support staff so professional staff have more time to invest in programs.
    • Coordinator of Substantive Change (now the ACEN has a full-time person dedicated to handling substantive changes) and streamlined our substantive change business practices.  Bridges, July 2015
    • Administrative assistant to work with peer evaluators and professional staff to coordinate the logistics related to site visits.
  • Expanded ACEN's recognition of the Council for Occupational Education (COE) to include registered nursing programs.  COE Newsletter, Fall 2015
  • Revised the Self-Study Forums and feedback from attendees to date has been very positive. We expect more improvements will occur in 2016.  2016 Self Study Forums
  • Revised the site visit report template for initial and continuing accreditation visits. This has contributed to a more streamlined process, a concise and user friendly document, and consistent site visit reports. Site Visit Report Templates
  • Tested and implemented new template forms for the Evaluation Review Panel (ERP) which has helped streamline the process, make documents more concise and user friendly as well as allowed for greater consistency for the ERP reports.

While this list is impressive, this is just the beginning and there is still work to be done. As always, we are here to assist with your achievement of nursing education excellence through accreditation. In the year ahead we will continue to work to earn your trust and listen to you so the ACEN can continue to fulfill our commitment to you. Cheers to another successful year in 2016!

 

 

Serve as an ACEN Peer Evaluator
on a Site Visit Team

 

Are you interested in serving as a peer evaluator on a site visit team?  Do you know a colleague interested in serving as a peer evaluator on a site visit team? 

 

Who can serve as a peer evaluator on a site visit team?

 

Nurse Educators

Nurse educators work in the classroom, laboratory, and/or practice settings. They are responsible for educating nursing students at all levels of nursing practice. Nurse educators are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating, and revising nursing education programs that lead to a certificate, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, master's degree, and/or clinical doctorate

 

Nurse educators are individuals who:

  1. Currently hold a full-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program.
  2. Previously held a full-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program and now holds a part-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program.
  3. Held a full-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program and is retired for no more than two years from this position.
  4. Held a full-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program and then held a part-time faculty or administrative appointment in an ACEN-accredited program and is retired for no more than two years from the part-time position.
  • To serve as a peer evaluator to a practical nursing program, diploma nursing program, or associate degree nursing program a nurse educator holds a graduate degree with a major in nursing.  To serve as a site visitor to a baccalaureate nursing program, master's degree nursing program, or doctoral nursing program a nurse educator holds a graduate degree with a major in nursing as well as a doctoral degree.
  • Knowledge of postsecondary and/or higher education; curriculum and instructional methods; current issues in nursing education and practice.
  • Expertise in communication, group dynamics, information literacy, use of technology, best practices in educational and clinical settings.
  • Contributions in scholarship/research, practice, community service, professional service.

Nursing Clinicians/Practitioners

Nursing clinicians/practitioners are licensed nurses who currently hold a full-time or part-time position in a clinical practice environment. Nurse clinicians/practitioners are responsible and accountable for organizing, planning, assigning, and overseeing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

  • To serve as a peer evaluator to a practical nursing program, diploma nursing program, associate degree nursing program, baccalaureate nursing program, master's degree nursing program, or doctoral nursing program a nurse clinician/practitioner holds a graduate degree with a major in nursing.
  • Knowledge of current nursing practice, contemporary issues in healthcare settings, transition of new graduates into nursing practice.
  • Expertise in communication, group dynamics, information literacy, use of technology, best practices for patient health and safety.
  • Contributions in scholarship/research, practice, community service, professional service.

We encourage you to self-nominate or nominate nurse educators and nurse clinicians/practitioners to serve as a peer evaluator.  Please send your nomination to peerevaluator@acenursing.org.

Board Approval of Revised Policies


At the November 18, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board approved revisions to eight ACEN policies (Policy #1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 15, 20, and 24).  The policy revisions reflect current practices in education, compliance with the USDOE regulations, and alignment with ACEN guidelines. 


The ACEN staff would like to thank all of our constituents who provided feedback.


Section II Policies of the Accreditation Manual is available at www.acenursing.org/accredit
ation-manual
.

 

 

 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 this link:  www.acenursing.com/
policy10_July2015.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 publicmembernonimation@
acenursing.org
.

 

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
ACEN Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee


The ACEN is seeking nominations for open positions on the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee. The following positions are on the 2016 election ballot:

  • One (1) nurse educator representing baccalaureate, master, and/or doctoral nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing associate nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing diploma nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse clinician/practitioner representing nursing service
  • One (1) member representing the public
  • One (1) nurse educator for the ACEN Nominating Committee

We encourage you to nominate a colleague or yourself for one of these important positions. More information about the Board and Committee vacancies, the nomination process, and the application materials that are required is available on the ACEN website. Nominations are due to the ACEN office by February 28, 2016. We hope you will consider serving in one of these essential roles in support of nursing education programs.

 

Please refer to ACEN Policy #2 for qualification of nurse educator, nurse clinician/practitioner, and public member and Policy #1 for conflicts of interest.  ACEN policies can be found in Section II Policies of the Accreditation Manual available at www.acenursing.org/accredit
ation-manual
.

 

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