On 26, 2012 nursing faculty and administrators listened anxiously as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) evaluators read their report detailing accreditation findings regarding the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs at Sampson Community College. Finally, the words, “Our decision is to recommend full accreditation to both programs” were spoken, the first formal step in achieving national accreditation came after a three-day visit by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission evaluators. The first week of April 2013, Wanda Capps, division chair of Health Programs at SCC anxiously opened the official envelope containing the final answer — national accreditation to the Associate Degree and Practical nursing programs! NLNAC has since changed the Commission’s name to Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
October, 2013, another envelope was received informing Capps of her selection as a program evaluator for ACEN. All program evaluators are current faculty and/or administrators of ACEN-accredited programs or nurse clinicians and are selected through mechanisms and criteria established by the Commission. Program evaluators must be invited by ACEN staff and attend a program evaluator training forum. Evaluators are peer reviewers who are knowledgeable of the current standards relative to various program types, are aware of appropriate curricula, rules and conventions; and will quickly detect any unjustifiable departure from standards and criteria. Mrs. Capps will serve as a site visitor to evaluate a program’s education unit by clarifying, verifying, and amplifying program material as presented in the school’s Self-Study Report.
Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. It provides for the maintenance and enhancement of educational quality through continuous self-assessment, planning and improvement. The peer review process intent is to enhance quality improvement in nursing education.
Capps received her BS degree in nursing from Atlantic Christian College and holds a MS degree in nursing education from East Carolina University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching from NCSU. Mrs. Capps joined SCC as an Associate Degree nursing instructor in 1988 and has served as the Division Chair of Health Programs since 2007. Her past accomplishments include Excellence in Teaching Award 1998, 2002, 2003 and the SCC Foundation Excel Award in 2006. Wanda’s area of clinical expertise is Pediatrics.
She said she is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to using knowledge gained from her role as an evaluator of nursing programs across the US to make SCC’s nursing programs even better! Both the PN and ADN programs had a 100% passage rate for first time test takers on the NCLEX licensure exams for 2013.