The UConn School of Nursing was recently awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) following a rigorous yearlong self-study process and onsite evaluation and assessment of the school’s curriculum. “Earning the CCNE re-accreditation is a testimony to the diligence and professionalism of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Regina Cusson, dean of the School of Nursing. “Their commitment to continuous quality improvement of our programs is validated in this external peer review. I congratulate our faculty, staff, mentors and students for influencing the positive outcome of this evaluation.” The CCNE re-accreditation includes the baccalaureate and master’s programs for a ten-year term. Last year the DNP and post-master’s programs received initial accreditation for a five-year term, the maximum awarded for the first accreditation review.
Top 5 Graduate Nursing Programs in New England
The UConn School of Nursing is now ranked in the top 5 of graduate nursing programs in New England and top 10% nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” “This is an amazing accomplishment in a very short period of time and all due to the excellence of our faculty, staff, students, community partners and alumni at the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing,” said Dean Regina M. Cusson. “As a dean, I couldn’t be more proud.” The U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings are calculated annually for nursing schools’ graduate programs. Ranking data are compiled through surveys of deans, administrators, and faculty from schools of nursing that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. For this year’s ranking, 519 nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs were surveyed.
National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
UConn School of Nursing has been chosen to be a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Recognizing the centrality of nurses to the care of older adults, since 1996 the John A. Hartford Foundation has committed over $74 million to prepare gerontology nurse researchers, educators, practitioners as well as gerontology nursing curricula. Its purpose is to “enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care to older adults through: faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership, and designing and shaping policy.” “The UConn School of Nursing already has two nationally recognized centers of excellence – in pain management and in correction health,” said Dean Regina Cusson. “But this Hartford Foundation distinction recognizes our growing capacity in educating the next generation of nurses expert in the care of older adults.”
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