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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nursing Program Acclaimed During Accreditation Visit

Nursing Program Acclaimed During Accreditation Visit

The nursing program earned high praise
during its most recent accreditation visit.

Brookhaven College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received high praise, the equivalent of verbal applause, Nov. 1-4 during a site visit by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

NLNAC members Elizabeth H. Mahaffey, Ph.D., RN, and Lois Manning, MSN, MS, PHN, RN, were wowed by the Nursing Department’s high pass and retention rates, as well as students’ consistent history of high board scores – an impressive feat.

The two NLNAC representatives said they will recommend full accreditation status in their report to the NLNAC Board of Commissioners. An official letter announcing the eight-year accreditation is expected sometime this month, said Mark Meyer, Ph.D., dean of nursing.

Throughout the visit, Mahaffey and Manning evaluated student success statistics and support services, and reviewed the department’s practice of current policies and procedures, Mark said.

The visit also included several interviews with various key leaders and departments across campus, including Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president; Roger Bennett, vice president of academic affairs and student success; financial aid and library representatives; nursing faculty and advisors; and approximately 15 nursing students.

"The Nursing Department will receive an excellent report from the National League for Nursing accreditation agency due to the nursing faculty and administration, who are dedicated to student success and the success of the program," Mark said.

Mark also commended Ann Cortez, administrative assistant to the instructional dean, and Monica Wenthold, senior administrative assistant, for their hard work, along with college support services for their support of the program and commitment to the students.

Preparation for the visit was a year-long process, involving support from nursing faculty and Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., executive dean for the health and human services division. Two months prior to the visit, the Nursing Department submitted an impressive 200-plus-page self-study report to the NLNAC, detailing their compliance with academic requirements.