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The Arc of Success

Empowering Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program Directors

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This time, I contemplate some lessons learned from the presidential primary races about clarity and consistency of messages and values. During this long primary season each candidate’s arc of success depends upon the clarity of their messaging and how their actions reflect their values.  It is all about clear delineation of desirable qualities and differentiation from the rest of the pack.  

All of which got me to thinking about the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium. The Consortium is at the very beginning of its arc of success. How does the Consortium's messaging communicate its unique role as an accreditor?  Is the message clear?  Do people know what the Consortium does and why we do it?  Do our actions coincide with our values?  When we ‘take the stage’ do people listen or do they scoff?

Musings on Accreditation: the Paradox of Change

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This week's variable Spring weather inspired me to consider the delicate balance between change and predictability. Spring occurs every year, yet it continues to surprise us on a daily basis. Spring is a great example of the constancy of unpredictability and change, in the context of predictable and desirable seasonal transition.  Postgraduate NP training is the nexus between change and consistency.  What can we learn from Spring -- simultaneously unpredictable and predictable -- as we think about accreditation?

Musings on Accreditation: More on Promises

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Musings on the promise and capriciousness of spring, the quickly evolving field of postgraduate nurse practitioner training, and the role of accreditation as a mechanism to assure the continuity of quality and meaningful experiences. Accreditation echoes Spring's characteristics -- new growth, periodic renewal and clearing the way for future growth.  Accreditation is about making promises.  Keeping promises.  Fulfilling expectations. 

Musings on Accreditation: Promise and Beauty

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Hello. Welcome to the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium’s blog.

I am Dr. Candice Rettie, the Executive Director of the Consortium.

This week I reflect on the forsythia and cherry blossoms in bloom, migratory birds returning to their summer breeding grounds, the terrorist attack in Belgium, and what we can learn about community when we think about accreditation processes for postgraduate NP training programs.