Cincinnati--Andrea Lindell, RN, DNS, dean of the University of
Cincinnati College of Nursing, has been re-elected to the National
Board of Accreditation, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia
Educational Programs (COA). This is a national accreditation board that
reviews programs for accreditation and monitors and evaluates programs.
She will be the university representative on the council for a
three-year term from 2002-2005.
"It is a wonderful learning experience to serve as a member of this prestigious national board," Lindell said.
nurse anesthesia graduate program was recently granted continued
maximum accreditation for a period of 10 years by the COA. During the
accreditation process in which the COA visited the College of Nursing,
the program did not receive any citations. In its notification letter
to the college, the COA said it is "especially pleased with [the UC]
program's endeavors to strive for excellence. We recognize that
receiving no citations during your on-site review process is a
tremendous accomplishment derived from involving focused attention to
program details, continuous quality, and quality enhancement. Please
accept the COA's congratulations on your performance in achieving
maximum accreditation status." Wanda Wilson, PhD, CRNA, is the director
of the nurse anesthesia graduate program.
Accreditation is a peer
review process that is conducted by private, non-governmental agencies.
The process of accreditation ensures quality assessment and assists
programs in quality improvement. Accreditation standards for nurse
anesthesia educational programs address administrative policies and
procedures, institutional support, curriculum and instruction, faculty
evaluation and ethics. Attainment of accreditation enhances the
credibility of the program and provides assurances of the quality of
nurse anesthetists' educational preparation.
The nurse anesthesia
profession is known for its highly respected educational system and its
strong commitment to quality education. Accreditation for nurse
anesthesia educational programs was initiated in 1952 by the American
Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In 1975, the Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) was
created and assumed responsibility for the accreditation review process.