accrediting Bodies and Regulatory Agencies
Like a firework spreading out over the night sky, the history of accreditation overarches much of health care’s past. In the late 1800s, the emphasis on health care practices, procedures, and expectations was much like a fuse that propels a firework into the air. Uniformity of high quality standards was the new goal to reach. As this new goal ignited however, many different organizations and committees began to form, each branching out in its own direction. One association, the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools of Nursing, pushed to equalize and elevate standards across all schools of nursing. Today, this association is known as the National League for Nursing (NLN), a specialized accrediting body for nursing programs. In 1913, another association, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), began to conduct on-site inspections of hospitals. Out of the 692 hospitals they visited, only 89 met their minimum quality standards. Like the NLN, the ACS continued to grow, later merging with what is known today as the Joint Commission.
In this Discussion, you explore the many accrediting bodies and regulatory agencies that accredit and certify academic and clinical settings.
- Review this week’s Learning Resources on accrediting bodies and the overarching accreditation process for academic settings.
- Review Chapter 2, “Curriculum Development and Approval Processes in Changing Educational Environments,” in the Keating text. Consider how regulatory agencies accredit and certify clinical settings. In addition, consider why a clinical setting might seek accreditation or certification.
- Consider the setting your team is investigating for your Course Project. Using the websites listed in this week’s Learning Resources, as well as your own independent research, identify the accrediting body or regulatory agency from which your setting did or could seek accreditation/certification from.
- Select three standards from this accrediting body or regulatory agency. Conduct a self-study to determine if the setting could or did meet the standards required by this body or agency.