Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

NLNAC: Frequently Asked Questions

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

NLNAC: Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the Purpose of Clinician-Practitioner Representation on Site Visit Teams

Accreditation is founded on the principle of protecting the public by assuring that nursing education programs meet or exceed established standards and criteria. NLNAC is therefore accountable to students, employers, and other publics for ensuring that graduates of accredited nursing programs have expected competencies necessary to provide contemporary care, today and tomorrow. Abilities in critical thinking, communications and technical literacy, and therapeutic nursing skills are among the student-learning outcomes addressed by accreditation.

NLNAC shares responsibility with nursing faculty and practitioners to ensure that expected competencies are being met. One way to guarantee excellence is for clinicians and practitioners to participate in the accreditation process.

An essential component of this process is the site visit for program review and evaluation. A team, composed of two or three individuals assembled for the visit, reflects various aspects of the particular program type under review. As NLNAC looks to the future, a clinician-practitioner will become an integral member of the site visiting team.

Clinician-practitioners are defined by state boards of nursing as all licensed nurses who work for pay. A narrower definition is the registered nurse who provides or oversees nursing and other services to people or communities. These individuals are responsible and accountable for organizing, planning, assigning, overseeing, and/or providing patient care services, and they work with others to integrate the range of services and activities that promote practice and improve health.

Advanced Practice Nurses -- nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives -- are already represented on all site visit teams reviewing graduate nursing programs. This practice will continue. The characteristics of specialty options in nursing programs are enhanced when team members bring knowledge and sensitivity to the graduate program review and evaluation. …

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