ANCC Accreditation with Distinction Criteria Review: Structural Capacity 1c

The first set of Accredited Provider Distinction Criteria build on the standard Structural Capacity criteria. There are three criteria within this group, and at least one must be met for a provider to achieve “Distinction.”

The third criterion in this section (1c) states: 

Evidence demonstrates a process description and example that the Provider Unit has engaged members from other professions, students, patients, and/or families in planning, implementing, and evaluating CNE activities (e.g., interprofessional continuing education).

In general, the ANCC is focused on the education of nurses. This makes sense. It’s right there in their name. But over the past decade, healthcare accreditation organizations have recognized that no healthcare provider works alone. To be cliché, healthcare is a team sport, and this criterion is where an NCPD program can show off how they are part of the team.

Does your NCPD program collaborate with a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program? Write about that process and give an example of an activity you put on together.

But this criterion is broader than that. Does your NCPD work with nursing students? Involve them in activity planning.

Or perhaps you have an issue you want to address that patients and/or families should be part of. That’s another way that this criterion can be met.

Picture your team. And then zoom out. Who are the other people who are involved in caring for your patients? Include them in the planning process. Include them as faculty. Include them when you evaluate how the activity went.

That is what interprofessional continuing education, and this criterion, ask us to do. It sounds like a lot of work when you first think about it, but you’ll find that, just like caring for a patient, education can be better when we do it together. And since there is no minimum threshold, you should be able to come up with at least one example from your accreditation period that helps you meet this criterion.

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