Cedar Crest College Professor to Serve as Nursing Program Evaluator
Allentown, Pa. (Jan. 30, 2013)–With more than 250,000 students in baccalaureate-level nursing programs and demand that is outpacing the supply of qualified nurses–this according to a 2011 study from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing–it’s more important than ever that nursing schools educate and graduate competent and professional nurses.
One Cedar Crest College nursing faculty member is helping to lead the way in this bold endeavor. Wendy Robb, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the nursing department at Cedar Crest College, has been selected as a program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The nationally recognized NLNAC is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs at the clinical doctorate, master’s, baccalaureate, associate’s, diploma, and practical levels.
As a program evaluator for the NLNAC, Robb will be responsible for attending training on the evaluation of the NLNAC’s standards and criteria in February. She will then participate in at least two site visits per year to nursing programs throughout the United States in which she, along with a team of other program evaluators, will meet with students, faculty, administrators, and community stakeholders to evaluate program compliance.
Robb, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Cedar Crest, said she is honored and eager to begin serving as an NLNAC program evaluator.
“I look at this as an opportunity to serve both the professional community of my fellow nurse educators, and the nursing department of Cedar Crest College, which directly and indirectly impacts nursing students,” said Robb, who lives in Orefield. “The process is strenuous and time consuming, but it ensures quality nursing programs, thereby protecting clients for whom we provide care and ultimately influencing the health of the public.”
The NLNAC requires program evaluators to meet a host of criteria, including: being employed full-time as a faculty member or nurse administrator for an NLNAC-accredited nursing education program; holding a master’s degree with a major in nursing for associate, diploma, and practical educators or an earned doctorate for clinical doctorate, master’s, and baccalaureate educators; and having at least five years of experience in nursing education.
Even with all of these qualifications, Robb knows that the nursing profession changes too rapidly to rest on your laurels.
“By learning how other programs are handling similar issues or problems and maintaining compliance with Standards, we will ensure our students get access to the best education and achieve superior outcomes,” said Robb. “I am very excited to be a part of the process as a professional educator and a faculty member at Cedar Crest College.”