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NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Releases Draft Standards for Accreditation for Review and Feedback



Washington, DC, December 2, 2014 — The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) Standards Committee has released a proposed draft of NLN CNEA Standards for Accreditation and invites comments from the public. Feedback will be used for further development and refinement of the accreditation standards prior to final approval by the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners in spring 2015. 

The mission of the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) is to promote excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce. 

There are three opportunities to contribute to the NLN CNEA's Nursing Education Accreditation Standards Webinars: Tuesday, December 9 at 3 pm (ET); Thursday, January 8 at 11am (ET); or Thursday, January 15 at 3 pm (ET). Members of the NLN CNEA Steering Committee and Standards Committee will participate.

Said NLN CNEA executive director Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, "The NLN CNEA Standards Committee has worked diligently to create a set of accreditation standards that emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement based upon the NLN's core values of caring, integrity, diversity and excellence. The committee is pleased to present this first draft for public review and comment. It will use all feedback received to continue to formulate accreditation standards that uphold quality in nursing education in programs across the academic spectrum." 

The NLN CNEA proposed Standards for Accreditation consist of five standards with accompanying quality indicators and interpretive guidelines: 

Standard I. Program Integrity - Mission, Governance, and Resources

Standard II. Culture of Excellence and Caring - Faculty

Standard III. Culture of Excellence and Caring - Students

Standard IV. Culture of Learning and Diversity
Curriculum and Teaching/ Learning/Evaluation Processes

Standard V. Culture of Excellence - Program Outcomes

In addition, individuals can submit written comments regarding the proposed accreditation standards through this survey. Please submit your comments before January 31, 2015. 

If you have any questions about the review process for the NLN CNEA Standards for Accreditation, please contact NLN CNEA executive director Dr. Judith Halstead at

The NLN CNEA will accredit nursing programs across the academic spectrum including LPN/LVN, diploma, associate, bachelor, master's, and clinical doctorate degree programs, as a US Department of Education designated Category 2, non-Title IV purpose, accrediting body. 

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.