Are You Ready for the Hybrid Self-Study Forum Coming this November?

Written by Keri Nunn-Ellison, EdD, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director at the ACEN

Are you ready for an in-person Self-Study Forum? We are! Still want to tune in from home online? We can do that, too!

Though the ACEN provided an eCourse option for folks to learn about or refresh their understanding of the 2017 ACEN Standards and Criteria, we heard from many of you that you wanted the option to join us in person again. So, we are excited to host our first in-person forum (since March 2020!) in Houston, Texas! Register today, as seating for this forum is limited to ensure the safety of all participants.* In addition to the in-person option, the event will be available virtually for individuals who may not want or be able to travel just yet.

The Self-Study Forum is a great opportunity for program administrators and faculty who are writing an accreditation report, preparing for a site visit, or just wanting to learn more about the Standards and Criteria. During this 1.5-day workshop, the ACEN Directors will review all six ACEN Standards and assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of each Criterion within the Standards, and you will earn 10 nursing continuing professional development contact hours!

The goal of the forum is to support nursing faculty and administrators with their understanding of how they might demonstrate compliance with the Standards and Criteria through the narrative of a written accreditation report and identify examples of potential supporting evidence. Special attention is given to the most common challenges based on ACEN data, including Criteria in Standards 4 and 6. We encourage you to bring your program’s systematic plan of evaluation (SPE) for real-time application of what you are learning! And as usual, this is a great opportunity to network with others as well as get specific questions answered by the ACEN Staff. We hope to see you in Houston!

*The ACEN understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. According to our CEO Dr. Marcy Stoll, “We are working closely with the Westin Galleria and formed a partnership to protect the safety of attendees. The hotel agreed to follow all the COVID-19 safety practices/guidelines hotel-wide issued by the CDC or Marriott Corporation, whichever are more restrictive at the time of the event.” Additionally, all in-person attendees must provide proof of being fully vaccinated per the CDC definition and the number of in-person attendees is limited to ensure safe distancing.