I am delighted to share some great news…Queen’s School of Nursing has just received the highest designation possible in its accreditation review. Queen’s Nursing has been granted seven years for the four-year and two-year undergraduate programs – and for the academic unit. This means no interim reports need to be submitted and the School will hold the designation until 2020.
Like most of our programs in the Faculty, the School of Nursing is required by a professional body (College of Nurses of Ontario) to be periodically accredited, in this case for all pre registration entry to practice programs by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). The process involves a lot of a hard work by faculty, staff and leadership: an extensive self-study of each program and of the academic unit and a two to three day site visit and a written report submitted to the CASN Bureau. Then there is the inevitable (and some might say interminable) waiting period as the board of the Bureau makes the final decision.
This outstanding result sends a powerful message about the excellent academic quality and rigor of the programming in the School of Nursing. It is an endorsement of sound management and governance of the School.
Most of all, it is a crystal clear reflection of the hard work and dedication of director and vice-dean, Jenny Medves, and the faculty and staff in the School of Nursing: all of whom deserve to take a bow for their hard work. Congratulations to you all!
With the School of Nursing accreditation complete, all of our programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences This completes what seems like nearly three years under the microscope.
Accreditation is not an easy process, by any means. It is however, an important one, particularly so in the healthcare professions. As the CASN website states… “An institution that has sought and received accreditation of its program(s) by an official accrediting agency provides the public with a measure of assurance of the quality, outcomes, and value of its program(s).”
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