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Nursing Program in Last Phase of NLNAC Accreditation Process

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South Florida State College’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is in the final phase of achieving accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The NLNAC visitation team will be at the Highlands Campus Jan. 29-31 and will hear comments about the nursing program from students, employees, and the public on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3-4 p.m., in Room 139/150 of the Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Health and Science Education Center (HSEC).

NLNAC accreditation is a mark of distinction, certifying that a nursing program adheres to the highest national standards of education. To become accredited, nursing programs must demonstrate that the program meets NLNAC’s exacting standards of quality through an extensive review. As a result, students who graduate from NLNAC-accredited institutions are more readily accepted into other advance degree nursing programs and have broader employment opportunities.

For the SFSC Nursing Department, receiving NLNAC accreditation reflects its commitment to its mission: “Preparing students to become qualified nurses by continuously striving to provide excellent educational programs and to meet the individual needs of the student and the health care needs of the community.” It also represents the nursing faculty’s dedication to completing a long and meticulous process of conforming to NLNAC’s standards, said according to Becky Sroda, associate dean, Allied Health.

“The NLNAC accreditation process is not for the faint of heart,” Sroda said. “It has taken SFSC’s nursing faculty over two years of intense focus on NLNAC’s six standards, making sure faculty licensing and educational credentials qualify and bringing our curriculum into conformance with NLNAC’s expectations. After the January site visit, it will have been worth it. Our stakeholders will rest assured that our nursing programs meet or exceed national standards of educational excellence. Employers will know our graduates are competent in nursing skills, and current students and future graduates will have broader options for employment and continuing their education.”

Dr. Michele Heston, director, Nursing Education, said NLNAC accreditation reaffirms SFSC’s commitment to providing the highest quality of education to the district it serves. “The goal of nursing education is to equip novice nurses with the knowledge and skills for providing optimal patient care. SFSC’s nursing faculty diligently strives to accomplish our mission and to present a rich and diverse ADN program in our district, with the objective of demonstrating compliance with NLNAC’s criteria for associate degree programs.”

Those who cannot attend the Jan. 30 meeting may submit written comments to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Office, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; or email sjtanner@nlnac.org. These should arrive by Monday, Jan. 21.

In 2012, as part of the accreditation processes, the nursing faculty and students developed “The Seven C’s of Caring at SFSC,” consisting of the seven character attributes SFSC’s nursing graduates should possess. They are: competence, compassion, confidence, conscience, commitment, community, and cultural sensitivity.­

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