Philosophy of Accreditation for TTP Programs

The ACEN accreditation of transition-to-practice programs is founded on the belief that accreditation contributes to the centrality of nursing for the public good and provides for the maintenance and enhancement of transitions that occur throughout the professional life of a nurse. Accreditation, with an emphasis on continuous self-assessment, planning, and improvement, indicates to the general public and to the healthcare community that a transition-to-practice program has clear and appropriate objectives and is working to achieve these objectives. Emphasis is placed upon the total transition-to-practice program and its compliance with established standards and criteria in the context of its mission/philosophy as well as current and future nursing practice.

Accrediting agencies share responsibility with transition-to-practice program educators and clinicians for the development of Transition-to-Practice Standards and Criteria, and accreditation policies and procedures. The ACEN supports voluntary accreditation by peers as a principal means of public accountability and ongoing improvement. The use of established standards for transition-to-practice programs ensures, through the self-study and accreditation review processes, the promotion of effective transition-to-practice programs and ongoing improvement.

Standards and criteria for accreditation, materials that document compliance, policies, and procedures are based on principles widely accepted and tested in general and professional education and the emerging literature about transition-to-practice in nursing. All those participating in accreditation must be aware of current developments in transition-to-practice in nursing. The systematic ongoing review of all components of the accreditation process is essential to ensure an up-to-date, reliable, and valid accreditation processes.