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Accreditation Standard 1: Mission, Goals and Objectives

What are they and why are they important?

by Candice Rettie

In preparing to write this blog, I looked up the definitions and synonyms of mission.  I was especially interested in the difference between “mission” and “vision”.  Here is what I found.  The Business Dictionary.com offers these definitions: A mission statement is: “A written declaration of an organization’s core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time. Properly crafted mission statements (1) serve […]

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Introduction to Series – Accreditation Standards as Signposts in Program Development

Accreditation: Path to Programmatic Excellence

by Candice Rettie

When the Cheshire Cat asked Alice where she wanted to go, she answered: “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” (Lewis Carrol) Program development can seem […]

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It’s a Small World for NP Training Programs

6 Degrees of Separation and 3 Degrees of Influence

by Candice Rettie

First a brief history:  In 1929 the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy published in a short story called “Chains” describing how everyone on the planet is connected through their acquaintances.  Karinthy speculated that there were no more than five connections between any two people.Throughout the 20th century, researchers tried unsuccessfully to prove the theory of six degrees […]

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Musings on Accreditation: the Paradox of Change

by Candice Rettie

I’ve just returned from the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors’ spring conference in Chicago.  The theme of the conference was consistency and fairness in accreditation.  It was inspiring — filled with collegial exchanges, shared best practices, and thought-provoking presentations. I was welcomed to Chicago by a glorious spring day:  windy, sunny and 72 º.  […]

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Musings on Accreditation: More on Promises

by Candice Rettie

Last week the cherry blossoms were at their peak.  The promise of spring was visible in the cotton candy clouds of soft pink and bright white that topped the trees. Yesterday harsh winds tore through the region and now the ground is littered with petals. My bird feeder lies broken, half way across the lawn.  […]

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Musings on Accreditation: Promise and Beauty

by Candice Rettie

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. Spring began officially this week. Forsythia are in full bloom and the cherry blossoms are at their peak here in Washington DC. Migratory birds are returning to their summer breeding grounds. […]

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