September 2016

Volume X Issue 4

 

 
ACEN Launches Advisory Review
 
At the July 2016 ACEN Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board authorized the implementation of advisory reviews effective spring 2017.
 
What is an Advisory Review?
 
An Advisory Review is a one-time opportunity for an ACEN accredited program to receive feedback from an ACEN professional staff member assigned to the Advisory Review regarding draft accreditation documents as selected by the respective program's nurse administrator (e.g., self-study report, faculty profile table, systematic evaluation plan, etc.) as the program prepares for continuing accreditation. 
 
An Advisory Review is a 100% optional resource for currently accredited programs and is not a requirement for continuing accreditation. Professional staff feedback indicates the staff member's best judgment but does not guarantee that the Board of Commissioners will determine that it complies with ACEN Standards and Criteria.
 
What is the purpose of an Advisory Review?
 
The purpose of an Advisory Review is to assist an ACEN accredited program in preparation for the continuing accreditation process.
 
When can an Advisory Review occur?
 
The timeframe for an Advisory Review is during the 6th or 7th year of the program's continuing accreditation or during the 3rd or 4th year following the program's initial accreditation. Actual date and time will be mutually agreed upon between the professional staff member assigned to the Advisory Review and the program's respective nurse administrator. The Advisory Review agenda must be set by the nurse administrator. 
 
What format will be used for an Advisory Review?
 
The Advisory Review may be conducted in one of three formats; (1) teleconference, (2) videoconference, or (3) in-person on a case-by-case basis. 
 
What is the cost of an Advisory Review?
 
Fee Schedule for Advisory Review (teleconference or videoconference):  
  • $1,000 for the one-time review of a single program type associated with one (1) nursing education unit; plus $500 for the one-time review per additional program type associated with one (1) nursing education unit.
  • Up to four (4) hours teleconference or videoconference advisement. 
  • Fee includes the assigned professional staff member's preparation time required to necessitate the Advisory Review. 
Fee for Advisory Review (in-person):  
  • $3,000 for the one-time review of a single program type associated with one (1) nursing education unit; plus $500 for the one-time review per additional program type associated with one (1) nursing education unit.
  • Up to four (4) hours in-person advisement. 
  • Fee includes the assigned professional staff member's preparation time required to necessitate the Advisory Review. 
  • Plus all expenses (e.g., travel, food, lodging, etc.). 
  • The face-to-face Advisory Review is not a mock visit.
 
How do I schedule an advisory review?
 
Information will be published on ACEN website by October 1, 2016.
 
Email advisoryreview@acenursing.org and a staff member will contact you to discuss the Advisory Review.
 

 

Join Us in Welcoming Newly Elected Commissioners
to the ACEN Board of Commissioners
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Pictured left to right: Mr. Andrew FulpDr. Debbie RahnDr. Vivian YatesDr. Kathleen Zajic; and elected for a second consecutive term is Dr. Jessica Estes.
 
 
The newly elected Commissioners, comprising of three nurse educators and one public representative, along with Dr. Estes representing nursing service, will join the Board effective October 1, 2016.
 
Additional information about the ACEN Board of Commissioners is available in the 'About' section of our website at www.acenursing.org.
 

 

CALL for ACEN Board of Commissioners Nominations
 
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for open positions on the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee. The following positions will appear on the 2017 election ballot:
 
ACEN Board of Commissioners
  • One (1) nurse educator representing baccalaureate and higher nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing associate nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing associate nursing programs or one (1) nurse educator representing practical nursing programs
  • One (1) nursing clinician/practitioner representing nursing service
  • One (1) member of the public 

See ACEN Policy #2 Representation on Site Visit Teams, Evaluation Review Panels and the Board of Commissioners for eligibility information to serve as a nurse educator, nursing clinician/practitioner, or member of the public.

 

See ACEN Policy #1 for Conflicts of Interest.

 

See ACEN Bylaws for role and responsibilities of Commissioners.

 

Nominating Committee

  • One (1) nurse educator, nursing clinician/practitioner, or member of the public

The Nominating Committee prepares the slate of candidates for the ACEN Board of Commissioners from the nominations made. See ACEN Policy #1 for Conflicts of Interest

 
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 at www.acenursing.org.
 
Nominations open October 1, 2016 and are due to the ACEN office by December 15, 2016. We hope you will consider serving in one of these essential roles in support of nursing education programs.

 

 

 

 

The ACEN Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums

 

We are excited to announce the locations for the Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums.  In March 2017, we look forward to seeing you in the "Big Easy", New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2017.  The Forums will feature the 2017 ACEN Standards and Criteria.  Learn about the new Standards and Criteria and current policies in accreditation review. Gain knowledge in systematic planning for program evaluation and assessment of outcomes. Attend program specific sessions to discuss areas of mutual interests. Participate in networking opportunities and earn continuing education credit.

 

Visit the ACEN website for more information.  Registration will open soon...register early! 

 

 

ACEN Offers Accreditation of All
Graduate Program Options


ACEN is proud to offer accreditation of all masters and clinical doctorate (DNP) options including but not exclusive to those for nursing leadership, nursing education, as well as APRNs. 


The masters and clinical doctorate are focused on the highest level of practice in nursing. Advanced nursing practice is defined as "any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy" (AACN, 2004, p. 2). 


Using this definition, the ACEN offers accreditation to all graduate programs offering a broad variety of options beyond just the four (4) APRN roles. Standard 4 Curriculum requires the use of advanced nursing practice competencies, role-specific professional standards and guidelines, and certification requirements. These competencies, standards, and guidelines exist for all advanced nursing practice roles including those outside of the four (4) APRN roles. 


The ACEN currently accredits 85 masters and 13 clinical doctorate programs and has several more in the candidacy process with a range of program options in leadership, education, and APRN roles. These programs include generic masters programs, post-master's certificate programs and clinical doctorates with both BSN-to-DNP and Masters-to-DNP entry. The professional staff is ready and experienced in assisting programs who would like to add options to their existing masters or clinical doctorate programs or who are starting new programs.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2004). AACN position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Washington, DC: Author.

 

 

The 2015 ACEN
Report to Constituents

 

The 2015 ACEN Report to Constituents is available at www.acenursing.org. The Report presents data from the Annual Reports submitted by ACEN-accredited nursing programs. The Report also contains data from the accreditation cycles of Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. We are pleased to report that ACEN-accredited programs continue to demonstrate positive outcomes for students, including the success rates for the licensure and certification examinations and high program completion rates. The Report to Constituents is available for download at www.acenursing.net/
resources/RTC2015.pdf
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2017 ACEN Schedule of Fees
 
The mission of ACEN is to support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation.  While the ACEN Board of Commissioners is committed to maintaining reasonable fees for our accredited programs and to safeguarding every student's opportunity to attend an accredited program, the costs of providing accreditation services are increasing, particularly those costs associated with travel and conducting onsite reviews.  The ACEN Board of Commissioners conducted a recent cost analysis and approved a modest increase in annual accreditation fees.  This increase will enable the ACEN to continue to fulfill its mission in the face of escalating costs.
 
Effective January 1, 2017, the ACEN will now offer a new, voluntary service.  The Advisory Review will be offered to existing programs seeking re-accreditation.  Programs will have the option of a telephonic, web-based format review or an onsite format review.  If you are interested in this resource, please contact a member of the professional staff at the ACEN.
 
The following fee changes are effective January 1, 2017.
 
Domestic Programs

Revised Fees

  • Annual Accreditation Fees: $2,875.00

Newly Offered Service – Accreditation Review

  • Advisory Review Fee (video/teleconference format): $1,000.00
    • Fee for each additional program (within the same nursing education unit) $ 500.00
  • Advisory Review Fee (on-site format) $ 3,000.00
    • Fee for each additional program (within the same nursing education unit) $ 500.00
International Programs
There are no changes to the International Schedule of Fees
 
The Schedule of Fees for 2017 are available for review in the Resources for Nursing Programs section on the ACEN website.
 
The ACEN staff will be happy to assist you with any questions about the fee schedule.

 

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