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Publish Date: 01/08/02
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Nursing Dean Re-Elected to National Accreditation Council Board

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.

UC's 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.

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