Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN CNEA Achieves Milestone in Accreditation Services

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN CNEA Achieves Milestone in Accreditation Services

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When onsite program evaluation teams arrived on the campuses of two schools of nursing in September and October 2016 to conduct team visits for program accreditation, the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) reached a milestone in its development as an accrediting body. Since its inception in September 2014, the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners and numerous committee members have made tremendous strides in implementing accreditation services as follows:

? Developed a governance structure that ensures full autonomy in all matters related to accreditation.

? Established Standards of Accreditation as well as policies and procedures.

? Appointed and trained more than 100 onsite program evaluators representing nursing education and practice.

? Reviewed programs from 20 states seeking preaccreditation status, including practical/vocational nursing, diploma (RN), associate, bachelor, master's, and clinical doctorate programs.

VALUES-BASED ACCREDITATION SERVICES

The NLN CNEA was established by the action of NLN members seeking options in nursing program accreditation that would carry on the League's tradition of advocacy for nursing education excellence. Its accreditation services are based on the NLN core values: caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence.

? A culture of caring is demonstrated through an accreditation process that advocates for quality assurance in nursing education and is implemented in a collegial, collaborative context.

? A culture of diversity is evidenced by standards that respect the diversity existing in the nursing program's mission, curricula, faculty, and students.

? A culture of integrity exists with a commitment to personal, professional, and organizational integrity throughout an accreditation process that ensures transparency and ethical decision-making in all activities.

? A culture of excellence is promoted through clarity of purpose in the accreditation process and the fostering of continuous quality improvement in nursing programs.

These core values guide the behaviors demonstrated by all NLN CNEA representatives, including staff and volunteers, and are paramount in decision-making. As Dr. Joan Darden, chair of the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners, states, they "are not just words on paper, they are lived values. …

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