The Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation released a historic joint statement endorsing academic progression programs in nursing, according to a news release. This is the first time the three accrediting bodies have collaborated on a statement addressing nursing education.
“As an organization with the goals to strengthen educational quality and to ensure equity, access, opportunity, and mobility in nursing education, ACEN strongly supports efforts that promote the ability of nurses to achieve the highest level of education possible and easily transition from one level to the next,” said Marsal Stoll, EdD, MSN, chief executive officer at ACEN.
In the statement, which was developed in cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing program and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the three agencies assert that nurses need access to seamless academic progression to ensure that nursing programs prepare nurses to provide quality patient care.
In the statement, the accrediting agencies encourage nursing programs to pursue partnerships with institutions that establish educational pathways for seamless academic progression. “CCNE recognizes that quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce,” said Jennifer Butlin, EdD, executive director of CCNE. “We applaud the collaborative work underway at many institutions with nursing education programs to ensure that academic progression is seamless and provides a sufficient bridge from one level of learning to the next. Together we can help nurses take the next step in their formal education, which is in the best interest of the patients we serve.”
The statement cites the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommends that “nurses achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.”
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s mission is to build a Culture of Health in our nation and, to do that, we must have a more highly educated, diverse workforce so everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in promoting health and providing care,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at RWJF, according to the release. “Seamless academic progression is crucial to achieving that goal. The encouragement and support these agencies will provide to institutions that are creating pathways for seamless progression will help make our country healthier.”
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