Admission to nursing school is exploding to alleviate a shortage of nurses that will only intensify with the growing need for health care of aging members of the Baby Boomer generation. Nursing schools are struggling to meet the influx of nursing students. Nursing programs seem to be popping up all over, including brick and mortar schools and online programs. A lack of qualified nursing faculty compounds the nursing schools’ struggle to meet the needs of nursing students. As a result, students are being turned away in droves. With so many options and such competition, how does a student identify a quality nursing program?
Accreditation of a program and standardized examination of the graduates are two means to validate graduate competency and meet rigorous licensure/certification criteria. While nurses may be familiar with the scrutiny of a visit from The Joint Commission (TJC), nurse educators also experience the scrutiny from their accreditation bodies. Just as health care facilities are held accountable by TJC, nursing programs are held accountable by their accrediting bodies for achieving established goals and meeting expected standards and outcomes.
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