Nurse Residency Program 10th Program Nationally to Achieve Accreditation
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education confers five-year accreditation
STONY BROOK, NY, November 19, 2012 – Stony Brook University’s Nurse Residency Program has become the 10th nurse residency program in the United States to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The five-year accreditation extends through December 2017.
Accreditation by CCNE identifies nursing residency programs that engage in effective educational practices. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an independent accrediting agency whose mission is to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
“The CCNE accreditation for the nurse residency program again proves what we have long known: Stony Brook Nursing means excellent nursing, and we are in very select company nationwide,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “Nursing is such a critical component of healthcare, and plays an ever-increasing role in making our patients’ experience at Stony Brook Medicine an excellent one. I congratulate all who made this achievement possible – our team of nurses, faculty and ancillary support staff, who care for our patients and enhance the educational environment for all students.”
The CCNE residency program model requires a partnership with one or more schools of nursing. College of nursing faculty, in partnership with the hospital, share resources, strengthen the relationship between academic and service, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the clinical enterprise and the university. Stony Brook’s program is a collaborative effort between Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) and the Stony Brook University School of Nursing.
“This is a wonderful achievement for the School of Nursing and for Stony Brook Medicine,” said L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, Vice President for Health Systems and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital. “This is truly a signature program and one that reflects the forward-thinking role of nursing that will serve as a model in the region and nation.”
“The nurse residency program provides a series of learning and work experiences that assists baccalaureate degree nursing graduates as they transition into their first professional roles,” said Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer for SBUH. The program is intended for nurses with direct care roles in the acute-care hospital setting, she said, and it emphasizes the development of clinical and leadership skills needed to be successful as full partners on the healthcare team.
CCNE evaluations serve as a basis for continuing self-assessment through which programs, personnel, procedures, and services are improved, Duffy said. Evaluations include a review of the program’s mission, goals, and expected outcomes; and an assessment of the program’s success in achieving its mission and goals through the most effective utilization of available resources, programs, and administration.
“Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing,” said Lee Xippolitos, RN, PhD, CS, NPP, CNAA, BC, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing. “This is a voluntary, self-regulatory process that encourages ongoing self-assessment. We have a cooperative relationship with CCNE in continually seeking ways to improve and enhance educational programs for our professional nurses.”
“We demonstrated to the surveyors that our residents are among the best and brightest in the country,” Xippolitos said. “We would like to recognize all who were behind the scenes, making this survey a great example of how we take care of patients and their families.”
Caption: Celebrating Stony Brook University Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program achievement as the 10th nurse residency program in the United States to earn accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education are, left to right: Julianne Gentile, RN, MS, ANPC, CNS, Director of the Stony Brook University Hospital Nurse Residency Program; Patricia Bockino, MSN, RN, Interim Director, Clinical Education and Nursing Project Manager at Stony Brook University Hospital; Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP, Associate Dean for Evaluation and Outcomes and Clinical Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing; Lee Xippolitos, RN, PhD, CS, NPP, CNAA, BC, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing; and Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer for Stony Brook University Hospital.