how important is national accreditation?

  1. how important is it that a nursing school be NLN accredited?

    the school i'm planning on attending may be losing their NLN accreditation, but they're licensed by the state BON.

    what would it mean to me if i graduated from this school? would i still be able to sit for the NCLEX? would i be able to find a job when i get out of school? would i be able to continue my education later on?

    (sorry if this question has been asked before, i did a search to try to find out about this, but all i found were threads about schools that were in the process of becoming accredited, not schools that were losing their accreditation.)
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Bonny619
    We WILL be taking the NCLEX, the NLN accreditation has nothing to do with that. We WILL be board certified registered nurses.
  4. by   puresass
    so the NLN accreditation really isn't important in the big scheme of things?
  5. by   llg
    It can be very important if you ever want to return to school for a higher degree. Some schools will not accept students who did not graduate from an accredited school -- or they might accept those students with some extra requirements attached -- or accept them with a probationary status -- etc.

    Of more importance to consider is the reason WHY your school is losing its NLN accreditation. Is it because they chose not renew it and are applying to a different accreditation agency instead? Or are they losing it because they could not meet the standards of quality set by the NLN? If they are losing it because the school is of poor quality, then I would be VERY concerned about the quality of the education they are providing their students. I would not want to be going to a school that was of such poor quality that they were stripped of their accreditation.

    llg
  6. by   Bonny619
    The school is losing faculty members and they are currently trying to hire more. The NLN is up for review in early spring but the school is looking for a one year extend on the evaluation to get things in order. I guess it's a money issue, not a quality issue.

    This school is VERY highly sought after and the raves I hear from local nurses are amazing. It's very sad that this is all happening.

    pure, you will have no problem transferring to State, ive already looked into that.
  7. by   AfloydRN
    It's only important if you plan on going further w/ your education. Most bsn/ msn schools will not accept you if not NLN.
  8. by   Bonny619
    Around here they do. At least San Diego State does.
  9. by   GoldenFire5
    Hi puresass,

    I've been following the threads about Grossmont. USD and Pt Loma don't mention the need for NLN accreditation, either... just "accreditation."

    I'm sure you'll be fine. Grossmont has such a good reputation!

    It could be with the continuing shortage of nursing instructors that more and more schools will have difficulty keeping the NLN accreditation in any case.
  10. by   puresass
    thanks for checking on that, bonny! i guess the best case scenario would be that they get the extension & then find more full time teachers, but at least if that doesn't happen, we're still okay...
  11. by   MySimplePlan
    NLN accreditation is necessary if you want to enter the armed services as a nurse. Lack of accreditation will NOT prevent you from getting into a BSN program. You can still continue your education.

    For the most accurate answer, call your own state's BON - your school's nursing office should have it at their fingertips. Of course, you can Google it as well.

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