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Joint Accreditation Criteria Review: JAC1

JAC1 states: 

The provider has a continuing education (CE) mission statement that highlights education for the healthcare team with expected results articulated in terms of changes in skills/strategy, or performance of the healthcare team, and/or patient outcomes.

While a program could offer education just because, it’s useful to know why. What’s the goal? What’s the purpose? What is our mission? For most companies, this is different than the larger organization’s mission statement. This one is focused specifically on the educational program. What do we hope to achieve?

It is easy to make this criterion more difficult than it is. One could write a long, flowery mission statement. That’s fine. You can have a mission statement that speaks to your target audience and the types of activities you plan to offer and the geographic scope of your program. But you don’t have to do all of that.

This criterion asks for your mission statement to contain two primary things:

  1. We provide education for the healthcare team.
  2. We evaluate our activities based on how they impact the healthcare team.

Now, that second one does have a minimum requirement. You must evaluate the team’s skills and strategies. And the team does need to be evaluated. But exactly how you do that? That’s for other criteria. This criterion is for your mission statement alone, for the star that guides your program.

So if you already have a CE mission statement, read it. Does it already talk about the healthcare team? Does it need a little tweaking?

And if you’re starting from scratch, keep it simple. You don’t have to offer numerous details. It can be one or two sentences long.

And if you’re not planning to become accredited but you plan to work with an organization that holds JA, think about the activities that you are planning. Are they for the team? What is your evaluation process? Even if you don’t have a written mission statement such as what this criterion requires, you can keep this big picture in the back of your mind. That education should be for the healthcare team, and that this means the healthcare team should be evaluated.


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ANCC Accreditation with Distinction Criteria Review: Quality Outcomes 3c

The third set of Accredited Provider Distinction Criteria builds on the standard Quality Outcomes criteria. There are three criteria within this group, and all three must be met for a provider to achieve “Distinction.”

The third criterion in this section (3c) states: 

Evidence demonstrates a process description and example that the Provider Unit has positively impacted the professional practice of nursing and has disseminated the knowledge forward (publication, poster/ podium presentation, research).

It’s all well and good to identify desired outcomes, measure them, and make adjustments to your NCPD program using the knowledge that you have gained in that process. That’s how the quality process works, after all.

But one of the things I love about working in healthcare continuing education, and the biggest reason that I have been in this field for twenty years, is that there is a larger community of practice. I’ve spent most of my career in very small offices of two or three people responsible for very large continuing education programs. But I’ve always been able to find support from the thousands of other people who are also working in very small offices who are willing and able to offer their experience as a guide.

What I learn in my program may be useful to you in your program, so I need to share that information with you somehow. This could be a scholarly article in a journal such as the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Or it could be a presentation at a conference on accreditation, either in the form of a poster or leading a live session.

The key thing is to share your successes in a manner that others can learn from you and possibly incorporate what you have learned into their programs. You have more experience in this field than you may realize, and you’ll be sharing with a community that will support you. But that community only works if we take the time to disseminate what we have learned in each of our NCPD programs. So take the risk. Step out of your comfort zone. Submit the abstract. You’ve got this.

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