Transition-to-Practice Accreditation by the ACEN

What is transition to practice?

Transition to practice is a critical time during which a nurse develops the skills and attitudes necessary for autonomous nursing practice within her or his level of licensure. Transitions in nursing practice occur when an individual completes a nursing education program and obtains initial or a new level of nursing licensure, when a practicing nurse transitions to a new nursing role/responsibilities at the same level of licensure, or when a nurse re-enters the workforce after an extended absence. Current research suggests that successful transitions to practice result in improved patient safety and a better quality of nursing care.

What is accreditation?

A peer-review, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental agencies recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for quality.

Why should a TTP program choose ACEN accreditation?

The ACEN is the leading authority in nursing accreditation. As the original and longest-serving nursing education accrediting agency, the ACEN is committed to quality improvement. ACEN policies, procedures, and processes are transparent, guided by peers and contemporary practice, and have an intentional focus on outcomes. The ACEN Transition-to-Practice Standards and Criteria for accreditation are not prescriptive and allow for flexibility of the program to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization and the community served. The ACEN is your supportive partner and works with you to ensure the highest level of program quality.

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