The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing


Elizabeth A Allen, PhD, RN

The following emergency resolution was adopted by the House of Delegates:

Resolution on Regulation and Accreditation of Education Programs In Nursing by ANA (Submitted by the Eastern Seaboard Regional Conference of SNA's - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Whereas, distinguishing characteristics of a profession are autonomy and selfregulation in matters affecting its éducation and practice, and

Whereas, the responsibility for regulation of nursing education presently rests with an organization separate and apart from the professional society, and

Whereas, the American Nurses' Association, as the recognized professional nursing society, has demonstrated its willingness and ability to assume this essential function in behalf of the profession, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that this House of Delegates direct the ANA Board of Directors to move with all deliberate speed to establish a system of accreditation of continuing education programs in nursing, and ANA move just as expeditiously to examine the feasibility of accreditation of basic and graduate education,

RESOLVED, that this House of Delegates strongly recommend that the ANA Board of Directors seek the cooperation and assistance of SNA's as is appropriate and necessary in this critical effort.

Elizabeth A Alien. Ph.D., RW.,


TO: All Schools of Nursing, NLN Councils, NLN Constituent Leagues, State Boards of Nursing, Nursing and Hospital Associations and Allied Health Organizations

SUBJECT: ANA Resolution on Accreditation

The passing of a resolution on accreditation by the House of Delegates atANA'sSan Francisco Convention has resulted in some confusion in the field of nursing education regarding the implication of this move.

In order to clarify NLN's position on nursing education accreditation, the enclosed status report was prepared. It is the first of a series to be sent out by the Executive Committee of NLN's Board of Directors.

Also enclosed for your information are copies of recently published booklets on NLN's accreditation program and the overall programs and services of the League.


Executive Director


At the recent convention of the American Nurses' Association in San Francisco, a resolution was passed by the ANA House of Delegates relative to regulation and accreditation of educational programs in nursing which has resulted in some confusion within the nursing education community.

The resolution directed the ANA Board of Directors to "move with all deliberate speed to establish a system of accreditation of continuing education programs in nursing" and that ANA move "just as expeditious Iy to examine the feasibility of the accreditation of basic and graduate programs."

This resoltuion is of concern to nursing education programs, which NLN represents, as it signifies a move into the accreditation area by an organization which placed major program emphasis on the economic welfare of its members. ANA's involvement in the collective bargaining process poses a question of a conflict of interest with regard to accreditation.

In view of this move, the National League for Nursing wishes to assure the agency members of NLN's four educational councils that the League will not relinquish its role in the accreditation of nursing education programs. Rather, NLN is constantly strengthening the accrediting process by peer review and evaluation of all aspects of accreditation based on direct input from its agency members.

Accreditation has been a vital part of the League's school improvement program since its inception in 1952. NLN is officially recognized as the accrediting agency for masters, baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs by the National Commission on Accrediting and the regional accrediting associations. It is also approved for accreditation of masters, baccalaureate, associate degree, diploma and practical nursing programs by the U. S. Office of Education for Federal funding for those programs. NLN accreditation of practical nursing programs is, in addition, recognized by the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Moreover, NLN's voluntary accreditation of nursing education programs, ove r 1,000 in all, is recognized throughout nursing by practitioners, educators and administrators. Parents, students and educational counselors also look to NLN for guidance in identifying programs that meet high standards in nursing education.

One of the League's major strengths is that its organizational structure includes a unique blend of public and institutional representation which permits it to be responsive to the changing demands of society for accountability in accreditation.

This report is the first of a series of communications to the nursing community outlining NLN's position on accreditation. For further information on NLN accreditation programs contact the appropriate educational council: Council of Associate Degree Programs, Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, Council of Diploma Programs, or Council of Practical Nursing Programs.

- Approved by: The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, National League for Nursing

National League for Nursing / Ten Columbus Circle / New York, New York 10019 / (212) 582-1022

Further actions of the House of Delegates which have a direct relationship to continuing education and which were adopted are:

Resolution on Continuing Education and Development of CERP's (Submitted by Commission on Nursing Education)

Whereas, continuing education is essential for maintaining competence in nursing practice; and

Whereas, continued competence is viewed as an individual responsibility; and

Whereas, nurses' participation in continuing education provides one means of demonstrating to the public the profession's accountability for nursing practice; and

Whereas, self-regulation is a concept inherent in professional practice; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that at this time the ANA reaffirm support of continuing education recognition programs, and be it further

RESOLVED, that SNA's move forward to strengthen continuing education recognition programs (CERP).

The House also adopted the following main motion; introduced by Roy Campbell, from California:

That the American Nurses' Association express its strong support for establishing participation in continuing education approved by state nurses' associations as one prerequisite for continuing registration of the license to practice the profession of nursing, and

RESOLVED, that the ANA assist state nurses' associations in developing systems for implementing this requirement which will insure interstate mobility of licensed practitioners of nursing.

An interpretation of the actions will be issued after consideration of the verbatim report of the House of Delegates.


The Council on Continuing Education held its second meeting June 9, 1974 at the ANA Convention. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Signe Cooper, Chairperson, Interim Executive Committee. The meeting was open to Council members and nonmembers. There were approximately 200 in attendance of which about 100 were nonmembers.

Announcement of the new Executive Committee and Nominations Committee were made by Ms. Darlene Aanderud, Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on Nominations.

The Executive Committee persons are:

Chairperson - Ms. Signe Cooper

Vice Chairperson - Ms. Audrey Spector

Secretary - Ms. Helen Tobin

Members-at-Large - Ms. Elda Popiel and Ms. Evelyn Tomes

Nominations Committee:

Chairperson - Dorothy Hicks

Members - Cloace McGiII and Judith Kay Moorehead

Rules of Order for the functioning of the Council were reviewed and adopted. Reports were given by the Ad Hoc Committees on Accreditation, Recording and Interstate Transferability, Staff Development/I nservice Education. The Committee on Accreditation of Extended Role Programs did not report.


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