Essay on Regulatory and Accreditation: the Effects on Nursin Faculty

1089 Words Nov 30th, 2006 5 Pages
Regulatory and Accreditation: The Effects on Nursing Faculty
Laurie Fishman, CRNP
University of Phoenix
HSN-548 Role of the health care/Nursing Educator
Emily Piercy, RN, MSN,
October 30, 2006

Regulatory and Accreditation: The effects on nursing faculty

Regulatory agencies and accreditation bodies have held a part in the nursing community for many years. The regulation of nursing began as a simple registry process to protect both nurses and the public alike. Today, the primary purpose of regulation is still the protection of the public, but also relates to defining nursing practices as well as nursing education (Flook, 2003). The roles that regulatory agencies play in the nursing educational setting are many. In order to
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Since that time, the National League for Nursing has focused on nursing education and upholding the profession to its highest standards. The National League for Nursing advances excellence in nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) was established and responsibility for all accrediting activities is its primary concern. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both post-secondary and higher degree (NLNAC, 2002). The NLNAC is accountable to the NLN directly through the NLN's Board of Governors (NLN, 2002).
The goals of accreditation for faculty working within the institutions are many. One is that the accrediting agencies are advocates of self- regulation in nursing practice. Promoting peer review is another goal of accreditation. A faculty member who is part of an accredited university or college is offered professional development and an opportunity for validation.
The NLNAC and faculty in higher educational facilities which educate future nurses in various programs are indirectly accountable to the standards for which the NLNAC has determined for such programs. Faculty educators are responsible to the institutions who have achieved accreditation, to uphold the information being taught

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