WRITING A SELF-STUDY? REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN WITH IT!
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The VU Masters’ of Science (MSN) in Nursing program gained CCNE accreditation in 2013. VU is due for reaccreditation in Fall, 2018. In preparation for this, Dr. Mary Wickman and I attended an Invitational Workshop on Writing Self-Studies in Washington, DC in October, 2017. The workshop was designed to provide salient information and guidance to faculty who are engaged in the self-study process. (Dr. Wickman and I also had fun touring DC on the top of a double-decker bus at sunset).
OFF-SITE PROGRAM AT ST. JUDE
I have past experience with the self-writing process in other institutions, however, I look forward to taking on more of a leadership role in this process, as Coordinator of Off-Site MSN programs. Currently VU has one off-site program at St. Jude Medical Center (SJMC) in Fullerton, and is investigating other potential sites. The first SJMC cohort of 17 students began in Fall, 2017. These St. Jude Nurse Professionals are enrolled in the MSN program in pursuit of advanced roles in both leadership and nursing education.
STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION
The CCNE national accreditation of VUs MSN program is essential to ensuring the quality of our program which is reflected in the ongoing improvement of national public health standards of practice. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. CCNE encourages a self-regulatory process and offers quality improvement guidelines based on its Standards for Accreditation, which are as follows:
Standard I: Program Quality: Mission and Governance
Standard II: Program Quality: Institutional Commitment and Resources
Standard III: Program Quality: Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices
Standard IV: Program Effectiveness: Assessment and Achievement of Program Outcomes
CCNE strives to make the accreditation process collegial and encourages continuous evaluation of Nursing programs. In a healthy collaborative work environment with transformational leadership, faculty are inspired to participate in ongoing program improvement based on student input, enrollment, community needs, and university resources.
WHOM WE SERVE
Writing self-studies can be a laborious task at times, however with one’s eye on Whom it is we serve while serving one another, writing self-studies can be a collegial fun productive endeavor that builds not only excellent programs but excellent collaborative and fun relationships along the way.