A wonderful synchronicity occurred recently when I attended the APGAP (Association of Postgraduate APRN Programs) workshop in Phoenix. I’d written this post the evening before the conference. The next morning, we were greeted by the conference’s opening with exactly this picture and Robert Frost’s poem. The idea of making choices and the impact of those choices regarding training program design, delivery, and accreditation on outcomes resonated deeply. It was especially apt since I’d also been inspired by Robert Frost and had just finished writing this blog which focuses on choices, transitions, and creating the future.
Making choices necessitates a transition. Staying on the same path is choosing to make a commitment to pursue familiarity and continuity; the likelihood of predictable change that occurs with a known situation – and perhaps a transition to stability. Electing a different path is choosing a transition to new opportunities and the possibly disruptive innovation that generates new knowledge, new practice, new policies. Those choices determine how the training programs function, subsequently shaping the future of the profession.
Accreditation translates excellence in practice and awareness of emerging practice trends into salient benchmarks for quality training experiences.