Nursing program receives national accreditation
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s School of Nursing has received a five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its undergraduate nursing program.
The accreditation is a “stamp of approval on the quality and integrity of our undergraduate nursing education program,” said Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “We are extremely proud of receiving this accreditation as it assesses the extent to which we meet our mission, goals and expected outcomes.”
“A determination of accreditation means the programs have been independently reviewed by peers and found to be highly effective in the preparation of nurses,” said John L. Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The accreditation is an indication of confidence in the institution to offer a program of high quality.
CCNE, which is an autonomous accrediting agency, is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on accreditation for baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs. Accreditation means that Southeastern’s programs met all four accreditation standards: program quality in mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices and program effectiveness covering student performance and faculty accomplishments.
The accreditation process included a self-study by the School of Nursing, a visit by an evaluation team of peers appointed by CCNE, the university’s response to the team’s report, and final review and approval by the CCNE Board of Directors.
The Southeastern nursing program, directed by Barbara Moffett, has 1,700 majors and currently graduates approximately 160 undergraduates and 15 to 18 masters level nurses annually. The graduate program is offered as part of an intercollegiate consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University and will be visited for initial accreditation by CCNE in March 2008.
The Southeastern nursing program was previously accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It has received a Nightingale Award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as the “Nursing School of the Year” two times in the last five years.