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Introduction to Series - Accreditation Standards as Signposts in Program Development

Accreditation: Path to Programmatic Excellence

Candice Rettie, PhD 0 1023
Program development can seem like an endless path. And with multiple iterations of improvements, it’s hard to know when something is ‘good enough’.  If the mission, goal and objectives are not clearly defined, you don’t know when they've been achieved.  It’s like being lost in a maze. As Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.” 

This is where the accreditation standards can be incredibly useful.  This post is the introduction to a series that will explore each of the Consortium's eight Accreditation Standards and how they can serve as a pragmatic guide to program development.

It's a Small World for NP Training Programs

6 Degrees of Separation and 3 Degrees of Influence

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The notion of social networking is now ubiquitous.  It contributed to the philosophy of social networking that resulted in Twitter and Facebook.  It serves as the foundation of network theory used in power grid analysis, disease transmission, graph theory, corporate communication, and computer circuitry.  And it contributes to the growth of accreditation in the NP postgraduate training program world.   I had my own experience with six degrees of separation this past weekend.

Accreditation: When leaders face difficult decisions

Credibility, Trust and Safety

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The news in DC this week is full of stories about major public institutions and public figures and their credibility or lack thereof, safety or lack thereof, and trust or lack thereof.  There were two consistent questions: “Were they adhering to their core beliefs and ‘doing the right thing’?”  and “What would the consequences be?”


The question for us is, what does all this have to do with accreditation?  Credibility, safety and trust.  Or lack thereof. Taking the high road.  Taking decisive action.  Being willing to take a potentially controversial position because it is the right thing to do.  Courtesy of David DeWolf, it is important to “Be deliberate, decisive, and move on.”  Again… doing the right thing…

More Musings on Accreditation

Purple Martins and Accreditation

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What does establishing a thriving purple martin colony have to do with creating a successful accreditation organization?  The answer is shared attributes: having an idea, consensus building, careful planning, effective delivery and responding to the needs of the constituency, be they birds or people.

Interprofessionalism -- the DNA of NPs

Blinding Flash of the Obvious (BFO)

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One of my colleagues from a previous nonprofit association introduced me to the concept of BFO – Blinding Flash of the Obvious.  Now, I have frequent, and occasionally embarrassing, encounters with BFO’s.  I would love to say that all my BFOs are the result of inspired synthesis of previously unrelated concepts.  It’s a lovely aspiration; not necessarily reality…

My most recent set of BFOs occurred this past week.  I was preparing to join a panel at the Veterans Health Administration’s conference that brings together the seven VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care.  The theme of the conference was interprofessional education, training and practice. I was asked to address the intersection of IPE and accreditation.  

My first BFO:  the FQCH model of care and the NP postgraduate training programs embedded in the FQHC’s (and other safety net settings) are steeped in interprofessionalism.  My second BFO moment occurred when I realized that for NPs, the interprofessional approach to training and practice isn’t only philosophical, it is actually the heart and soul of the profession and of the accreditation process.