Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Programs – CCNE Accreditation

Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Programs – CCNE Accreditation

January 19, 2020 1 By Stanley Isaacs


– Accreditation for
nursing programs is critical. It’s the way we establish trust
with the greater society. CCNE, hands down, is the organization
that understands that best. NARRATOR:
All across the country, baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs striving for excellence,
secure their accreditation with the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE. In this video,
you’ll hear firsthand from your nursing peers
about the quality and integrity of the CCNE
accreditation process. – We have all of the members
of the panel also reading the report
so that everybody, when the discussion occurs, everybody is contributing
to the final recommendation. NARRATOR:
When CCNE was founded in 1996 as the autonomous
accrediting arm of the American Association
of Colleges of Nursing, steering committee members
developed a set of values to guide
the accreditation process. These values paved the way
for a new approach, focusing on quality
in nursing accreditation. – CCNE’s values approach the core of excellence
in education, and excellence
in accreditation. They value innovation,
they value diversity, they say to nursing programs there are many ways
of reaching your goals, and you know the best way
of doing it. – CCNE allows diversity in
individuals and in institutions, and helps them to respond
to their community of interest. And by doing that, we’re able to meet the needs
of our community of interest, and in the end,
produce nurses that will influence the health
of the populations they serve. – It is not a process where they’re trying to find
you doing something wrong, they’re trying to help you
find things you’re doing right, and to help you
to evaluate your programs, and to then improve. – The preparation
for accreditation and the self-study preparation
was very positive. All our faculty
were involved in that, and they felt the ownership. – They were professional,
they were prepared, they were friendly, and they helped
to put us at ease because we were a bit nervous,
we have to say that. – If there are areas of concern
or questions after the visitors have been
to your institution, you again have an opportunity
to go back and look at your documents
or look at your processes, or correct your processes, so that you can
best present yourself to the accreditation board. – We want to make sure
that when we make a decision that affects
one of our constituents, that it is reliable, and that we’re consistent
across all programs. NARRATOR:
How does choosing CCNE as your accrediting agency benefit your program? 94% of program officials
rated the CCNE standards as valid indicators
for judging the quality of a nursing education program. 96% rated
the self-study process as beneficial
to their constituents, such as students,
faculty, administration, and the community. – The self-study process has fostered improvements
in our program because it brought
to the forefront, to our faculty, that there is a way to look
at the whole program from a program-effectiveness
perspective, and it’s helped them to connect
their courses to the essentials. – As a result of this
current phase of reflection, we’re able to look forward
into the future and say where we need to go
as a community. NARRATOR:
So, what should you do? – If you have a baccalaureate
or master’s or doctoral program, CCNE are your peers
who are going to evaluate you. – I believe they know
every single school, and treat us all as peers,
and allow us to flourish. – You know you’re in good hands,
you know that they are committed to not only helping
your organization succeed, but more importantly,
ensuring that the United States has incredibly strong baccalaureate and higher degree programs. NARRATOR: For more information
about CCNE accreditation, visit www.ccneaccreditation.org or call 202-887-6791.