Over the years I've read numerous posts and articles about nurse practitioner education - the pros, the cons and the absolutely unacceptable. One of the things I am passionately opposed to is schools that do not provide preceptors for their students. This is unheard of in physician and physician assistant education, and is degrading to the NP profession. Quality is not assured nor required, adequate experience is not assured and yet schools keep getting paid. If we are to be a profession to be reckoned with, we should start acting like one.
Enter CCNE, the largest accrediting body of nursing programs, both baccalaureate and graduate, in the nation. They are currently revising the old standards for accreditation, and are open to comments about the concerns in the programs and about the programs they accredit. They are asking for your opinion.
Instead of complaining, let's act!
Here's the link to the webpage: American Association of Colleges of Nursing | CCNE Accreditation
Please, please consider inputting your opinion! Every opinion counts, especially those that differ. Let's be a profession of quality, not numbers.
Please put your opinion down below if you'd like, but please take the survey. It ends May 5, 2017.
Apr 26, '17
I am a CRNA and was surprised to learn of a local NP program that requires the student to find preceptors. I learned of this when a NP student was 'hanging out' in PACU with no clear objectives. But aren't there 2 accreditors for NP programs? I think the local program is ACEN accredited, so a CCNE change won't affect them.
As for the issue of paying preceptors, who is going to bear the increased cost? And is payment a good motivator to find quality preceptors? I hope paying preceptors never happens in the CRNA community. For CRNAs, clinical sites must be approved by the program and accreditor (COA). Programs are required to have adequate clinical experience for each student. How would a student know what a good preceptor looks like? Also, what about the student who just wants to do enough to get by? And if the preceptor was getting paid, then the preceptor may never give a negative evaluation or they might loose their 'business'.
Last edit by loveanesthesia on Apr 26, '17
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