Public Notice: ACEN Site Visit In January!

Nightingale College will host a site review for initial accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program at 3:00pm on January 22, 2014 at Nightingale College, 4155 Harrison Blvd., Suite 100, Ogden, UT 84403.

Written comments can be emailed directly to:

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer

sjtanner@acenursing.org

 

All written comments should be received by January 14, 2014

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Nightingale College is the right choice for you if you are looking to go to nursing school in Utah. Our program is student centric and outcome driven. If you are looking to learn more about how to become a registered nurse and do so in just 16 months, call the Nursing Program Admissions team at (801) 689-2160 or request more information from our website. Our blended delivery of instruction increases the flexibility of being able to watch classroom instruction anywhere. Each student receives personalized attention during the clinical instruction. With no waiting list it is time for you to start your career in nursing. Nightingale College also offers qualified candidates a guaranteed acceptance into the next open semester. Our RN Program is perfect if you want to attend the #1 Nursing School of Choice in Utah.

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Regional vs. National Accreditation, What You Must Know and Ask

What you must know about accreditation?

There are important facts to know and a few questions to consider prior to selecting which accredited college to attend. First, there are two types of accreditation that an institution of higher learning can obtain; one is known as “institutional” and the other is “specialized” or “programmatic”. Institutional accreditation refers to the entire institution, meaning all parts of that institution are positively contributing to the overall objectives and mission. Specialized or programmatic accreditation refers to a specific program and its measured outcomes. In the U.S., higher education accreditation is voluntary and is granted through lengthy and arduous peer-review processes driven by accrediting agencies. Often, while in the process of obtaining initial accreditation, educational institutions and programs spend several years in “candidacy,” a status granted to qualified applicants.

The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions or programs directly, but the Secretary of Education publishes

a list of all recognized accrediting agencies that have been determined to be reliable through a review process as long and laborious as obtaining and maintaining accreditation itself. Although not mandatory, accreditation serves as a pass to institutional and programmatic eligibility for Title IV Federal Student Aid programs, such as Pell Grants and Direct Loans, while guiding institutions and programs to meet certain quality standards and continuously improve.

The two types of institutional accrediting bodies are Regional and National. Finding a school that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is the first step.

There are six regional accrediting agencies that oversee different sections of the country. They are:

  • Middle State Association of Colleges
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Associations of Schools and Colleges

Regional Accreditation Map

Unlike their Regional counterparts, National accreditors are not bound to specific geographic area, but rather evaluate certain types of higher learning institutions. For example, the Accrediting Bureau

of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institutional and specialized accreditor focusing on health care education. Many nationally accredited colleges and universities focus on vocational or trade focused education, for example nursing or medical assisting.

The type of institutional accreditation does not play a role in determining the quality of education at a specific college or university. There are many examples of high quality institutions and programs under both regional and national accreditation; however, lower quality providers with poor outcomes exist under both types of accreditation as well.

What You Must Ask Before Choosing a Program of Study?

1. Why are you attending a specific program?

If the sole goal of your completing a program of study is an immediate entry into the workforce, then institution’s accreditation source, whether national or regional, will likely not make much difference (assuming you are comparing programs

of similar cost and quality). If completing a

specific program will serve as an educational ladder stepping-stone to a higher degree, then transferability of the earned credits and/or academic and professional credentials must be considered. Each educational institution sets its own transfer of academic credit policies and there is no guarantee that any earned credits would transfer. As a general trend, most nationally accredited colleges and universities accept credits and credentials from both regionally and nationally accredited institutions. However, some regionally accredited schools do not transfer in academic credits earned at nationally accredited institutions. To learn about transfer of credit policies at any specific higher education provider, please contact the institution’s admissions and/or registration department, or refer to the school’s academic catalog.

2. What is the cost of the program?

Public universities and community colleges are, generally, regionally accredited and, since these schools are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers, their tuition and fees can be significantly less than at most private, nationally accredited institutions. However, competition for admission to a public university or community college could be much greater than at private institutions. When evaluating the value of an educational program, one must consider the entire cost

of attendance (COA). Questions regarding COA should be directed to the institution’s financial aid department. Among other factors that should be consider when evaluating the total value of a program are its acceptance and yield rates. In other words, how many qualified applicants receive admission offers and how many of those

enroll into the program of study? Conversely, how many qualified admissions applications are denied or waitlisted? The opportunity cost of waiting year after year to enroll into a specific program could become significant, as the earning potential that follows being a program graduate is delayed further and further.

3. What is the quality of the program?

As previously discussed, programmatic accreditation is voluntary. However, accreditation often signals an educational program’s higher level of commitment to excellence and high quality. Therefore, attending a program that is a candidate for or has obtained programmatic accreditation is highly recommended. Some of specialized programmatic accreditors are:

  • American Medical Association (AMA) accredits medical programs
  • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits engineering programs
  • American Dental Association (ADA) accredits dentistry programs.
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as National Nursing League (NLN) accredits nursing programs
  • American Bar Association (ABA) accredits law programs
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredits business and accounting programs

Finally, institutions of higher learning are required to publish statistics on outcomes of their educational programs. Graduation and retention rates, licensure examinations’ pass rates, and employment placement rates are examples of published outcomes that may be found on the schools’ websites or by contacting admissions departments.

Accreditation is, indeed, important and is a way to differentiate and select the institution and

program that best meet one’s educational and career goals.

For more information about accrediting bodies in the U.S. please visit these links:

Nightingale College’s Give Back Day!

Thanks to all staff, faculty, and employees of Nightingale College

that contributed to a successful Give Back Day.

How To Get A License in Another State

By: Kathleen Frisbie, MSN, RN, Faculty

In order to practice as a nurse, one must obtain licensure. The governing bodies which grant licensure are individual State Boards of Nursing. Licensure is the process by which boards of nursing grant permission to an individual to engage in nursing practice after determining that the applicant has attained the competency necessary to perform a unique scope of practice (More at: NCSBN – About Nursing Licensure). Each State Board of Nursing determines if an individual meets the criteria for licensure. Once eligibility for initial licensure is verified, the individual may seek licensure in their state of residence through testing. Across all U.S. jurisdictions, the national nursing licensure examination is the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). This is a psychometrically valid examination designed to test minimal competency as a nurse. Passage of this exam indicates that the individual has the minimal competency needed to practice nursing safely. If the individual currently holds a nursing license and is seeking licensure in a new state, they may seek licensure by endorsement. Policies regarding licensure by endorsement vary from state to state. Those seeking licensure by endorsement must contact the appropriate state board for regulations.

Licensure by endorsement requires the individual to complete an application to the state board of nursing in which they are seeking licensure. The individual must possess equivalent credentials and qualifications as those seeking the same licensure by examination. The individual must have graduated from a nursing program approved by the state board of nursing and hold a license with no restrictions. Some states require specific continuing education requirements as well as holding an unencumbered license. Most states also require the individual to pass a criminal background check.

Another consideration in determining whether you need to seek licensure in another state is the Nurse Licensure Compact. The Nurse Licensure Compact allows nurses to hold licensure in their home state but practice in other states without obtaining another license. Not all states belong to the compact so it is important to determine if the state you want to work in belongs to the compact. Currently there are 24 states in the Nurse Licensure Compact. The list of states can be found at NCSBN – Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States.

Licensed nurses are eligible for a multistate (compact) license if: 1. they legally reside in a compact state; 2. hold a current RN or LPN license in good standing; 3. declare a compact state as their primary residence. It is important to note that licensees must abide by the practice act in each state. Therefore, it is imperative to review the practice act for whatever state work is done. To assist individuals in determining the process for seeking multistate licensing a flowchart demonstrating the process can be found at NCSBN – Navigating the Nurse Licensure Compact: Licensure by Endorsement.

What happens when a nurse moves to another state? If the current primary state of residency is a compact state and the new state is also a compact state, then the nurse can practice on the former residency license for up to 30 days. After the 30 days, the nurse is required to apply for licensure by endorsement, pay any applicable fees and complete a declaration of primary state of residency in the new home state, whereby a new multistate license is issued and the former license is inactivated. Proof of residency may be required. If the move is to a non-compact state, then the nurse must seek licensure by endorsement, pay any applicable fees and will be issued a single state license. The nurse is required to notify the former state board of nursing they are moving out of state.

There are definite advantages of the Nurse Licensure Compact. The most obvious advantage is that it provides greater mobility for nurses. Improvement in mobility of nurses can have a direct impact on improving access to quality healthcare services and addresses workforce needs. Another advantage is that the compact licensure can provide improved access during times of a disaster. In today’s fast paced technological world, the concept of telemedicine and telenursing is becoming a reality. The compact licensure has provided clarification of the authority to practice for nurses engaged in telenursing.

The processes for obtaining licensure in different states are relatively straight forward and simple. Individuals seeking licensure in a different state should carefully read the policies located on the State Board of Nursing websites. It is also imperative that nurses understand the Nurse Practice Acts in whatever state they are licensed to practice in. If the individual has any questions, they should contact the State Board of Nursing for clarification.

Nursing School in Utah

Nightingale College is a nationally accredited nursing school in Utah. Located 20 minutes North of Salt Lake City in Ogden, Nightingale College’s nursing program is now offering a guaranteed acceptance for all qualified applicants into the next open semester. To find out if you are qualified or to learn more visit nightingale.edu

If you desire to be an registered nurse in as little as 16 months, Nightingale College is the nursing school for you. Our admissions department is ready and waiting your phone call. Call Us: (801) 689-2160 or Email: admissions@nightingale.edu

It is time you put your career on the right path. Nursing is a respected profession that will offer you the utmost satisfaction. Few things will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring.

Contact us and we will show you how the “Nightingale Difference” puts you at the center of everything we do.

This video is hosted on YouTube: Nursing School in Utah

I would recommend attending Nightingale College because…

We asked our students if they would recommend Nightingale College to friends, relatives or anyone else, and why they would recommend it. Here are their answers:

I would recommend attending Nightingale College because…

Blake Miles: “… the staff is great and very involved in my success.”

Kim Barker: “… small classes, hybrid courses and its only 16 months!”

Blake Halladay: “… You get much more quality one-on-one instruction here than at any of the universities in the state.”

Malia Seamons: “… of the availability of teachers and class size. It’s easy to get one-on-one teacher time if needed.”

Bhumika Chaudhari: “… it has small classes so professors pay more attention to you personally.”

Savannah Salvesen: “… you get a personal experience and feel a part of a good atmosphere.”

Cindy Anfinson: “… the instructors are great and easy to work with. Also, the office staff is great!”

Michelle Pattison: “… it has a friendly atmosphere and great instructors.”

Krista Price: “… it is very flexible.”

Adam Nance: “… small class size.”

Diana Jones: “… there is equal opportunity for learning and there is more individualized help.”

Lindsey Thomson: “… there is not a waiting list.”

Emily Sheanshang: “… it’s fast. 16 months and you are done.”

Brittany Paige: “… it’s a hybrid program.”

Shannon Reed: “… the schedule is convenient.”

Megan Smith: “… more time with our teachers, more opportunities to work on skills, and faster to get through program.”

Clayton Green: “… it’s flexibility.”

Sandhya Prasad: “… the faculty is amazing and it’s a hybrid program.”

Nikki Lunceford: “… it has flexible scheduling and online instruction.”

Shay Williams: “… small class size.”

Jeff Rogers: “… it’s very personal and individualized to the students.”

Ian Hansen: “… smaller class sizes, personalized attention from the instructors.”

Shelby Milligan: “… can get into the program.”

Amanda Wilson: “… it is a great school and offers a great education.”

Why would you recommend your college?

Nightingale College Celebrates National Nurses Week

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care as the theme for 2013.1

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. During this week, Nightingale College honors its registered nurse graduates, current RN nursing students, and all nurses that walk in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale. Florence truly lit up the path for our success with her unwavering values.

Today and always, Nightingale College and its graduates walk in her footsteps of excellence, integrity, respecting humanity, continuous improvement, collaboration and accountability, and going beyond self.

Nightingale College understands the role RNs play in the ongoing improvement and transformation of health care systems of this great nation. ANA reports, “The Affordable Care Act and the Institute of medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report places nurses at the center of health care transformation in the United States.”1 Nightingale College invites RNs everywhere to positively influence the quality of care and overall performance of the health care system to which they belong.

ANA’s website provides a brief history of National Nurses Week:

1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made.

1954 National Nurse Week was observed from October 11 – 16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. Apparently, a bill for a National Nurse Week was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various kinds.

1972 Again a resolution was presented by the House of Representatives for the President to proclaim “National Registered Nurse Day.” It did not occur.

1974 In January of that year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International Nurse Day.” (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated “International Nurse Day.”

1974 In February of that year, a week was designated by the White House as National Nurse Week, and President Nixon issued a proclamation.

1978 New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May 6 as “Nurses Day.” Edward Scanlan, of Red Bank, N.J., took up the cause to perpetuate the recognition of nurses in his state. Mr. Scanlan had this date listed in Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events. He promoted the celebration on his own.

1981 ANA, along with various nursing organizations, rallied to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico, through their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have May 6, 1982, established as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.

1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.

1993 The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6 – 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years.

1996 The ANA initiated “National RN Recognition Day” on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation’s indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. The ANA encourages its state and territorial nurses associations and other organizations to acknowledge May 6, 1996 as “National RN Recognition Day.”

1997 The ANA Board of Directors, at the request of the National Student Nurses Association, designated May 8 as National Student Nurses Day.

As of 1998, May 8 is National Student Nurses Day and as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week.

Nightingale College wishes all current and future RNs a happy Nurses Week!

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References:

  1. National Nurses Week, May 6, 2013