MARQUETTE Ã‚– The School of Nursing at Northern Michigan University has received full accreditation for 10 years from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The CCNE approval came with no recommendations.Ã‚
Ã‚“Accreditation is a choice, not a requirement, but we look at it as a form of quality assurance,Ã‚” said Kerri Schuiling, associate dean for nursing education. Ã‚“We also try to emphasize to students that, while it may not seem important to them now, graduating from an accredited program is a mark of distinction and achievement that can make a difference in their ability to secure future employment or admission to graduate school.Ã‚”
As part of the accreditation process, the School of Nursing had to submit a thorough self-report. The CCNE followed up with an on-site visit by four representatives, including a nurse practitioner. They met with officials and staff from Marquette General Hospital, the Marquette County Health Department and other community agencies. They also attended classes, met with NMU students and administrators, and toured campus facilities.
Ã‚“They were especially impressed with our facilities in the New Science Facility, particularly our state-of-the-art Nursing Technology Center,Ã‚” Schuiling said. Ã‚“We also provided each visitor with a laptop while they were here, which allowed them to complete their reports in a timely manner from wherever they chose to work Ã‚– on campus or in their hotel rooms. Our students explained how they use the computers in their classes. The visitors came away appreciating the fact that our nursing students are comfortable with technology, which helps prepare them for occupations that are becoming more high-tech all the time.Ã‚”
The program was previously accredited through the National League for Nursing. Schuiling said the CCNE offers a more dynamic process that combines an emphasis on educational quality and outcomes with support for moving forward with new initiatives.
Ã‚“The accreditation process requires a great deal of time and effort,Ã‚” she added. Ã‚“You canÃ‚’t pull it off in isolation. We have a dedicated and committed faculty. This effort was only successful because of the combined work of the total faculty.Ã‚” Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚