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Musings — Shining a Bright Light on Accreditation

June 20 is the longest day of the year — the summer solstice. Over the eons, farmers celebrated the day as the transition from planting season to growing season.  For the ancients, the placement of the sun’s shadow could portend the future.  Always, people have celebrated the longer hours of sunlight, especially on the solstice.  We […]

Accreditation — Standard 2 Curriculum

We will spend several weeks exploring Standard 2: Curriculum – Program Curriculum and Structure.  This week we will focus on the definition and role of curriculum.  Next week we will address how to design an effective curriculum.  After that we will explore how to crosswalk programmatic curriculum with the Standards.I love this quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Live […]

Accreditation — Compassionate Awareness

I had written two other posts for this week. One about the summer solstice; the presence of life-giving light and possibilities for celebration. The other about Standard 2: Curriculum; its definition and its role as the foundation for a training program. However, after the terrorist shootings this week in Orlando and France, I’m going to save […]

Compassion in Action

It has happened again. The Consortium’s first blog was written in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. This weekend the carnage was in Orlando. One more pointless tragedy that is incomprehensible and all too real. One person’s destructive violence ricocheted through the lives of so many others causing death, irrevocable harm and permeating […]

Overview of the Accreditation Standards

As promised, we’ll begin to explore how the Accreditation Standards were created and why they are important.  The take home point about the Standards is that they provide the framework for excellence and evaluation as well as pragmatic guidelines for the design and delivery of the program.  They are the compass rose for the program.  […]

Accreditation Standard 1: Mission, Goals and Objectives

In preparing to write this blog, I looked up the definitions and synonyms of mission.  I was especially interested in the difference between “mission” and “vision”.  Here is what I found.  The Business Dictionary.com offers these definitions: A mission statement is: “A written declaration of an organization’s core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time. Properly crafted mission statements (1) serve […]

Introduction to Series – Accreditation Standards as Signposts in Program Development

When the Cheshire Cat asked Alice where she wanted to go, she answered: “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” (Lewis Carrol) Program development can seem […]

Full Practice Authority for Nurses added to the Federal Register

We are pleased to share the good news:  Alan Bernstein at the National Nurse Executive Conference, just announced that the Full Practice Authority for Nurses has been added to the Federal Register (link below). https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses This would apply to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses working in the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The proposed rule will […]

It’s a Small World for NP Training Programs

First a brief history:  In 1929 the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy published in a short story called “Chains” describing how everyone on the planet is connected through their acquaintances.  Karinthy speculated that there were no more than five connections between any two people.Throughout the 20th century, researchers tried unsuccessfully to prove the theory of six degrees […]

Accreditation: When leaders face difficult decisions

The news in DC last week was full of stories about major public institutions and public figures and their credibility or lack thereof, safety or lack thereof, and trust or lack thereof.  There were two consistent questions: “Were they adhering to their core beliefs and ‘doing the right thing’?”  and “What would the consequences be?” […]