This archived article was written by: Dr.Sandie Nadelson, RN
In January, I was sent a link to an Eagle article which was about the USU nursing program’s accreditation. I read what was written and felt that the information was misleading. Comments made to me from other people who read the article confirmed my belief that what was written could be easily misinterpreted. I am writing to clarify the facts so that others are not misinformed. In the article, implications were made that our nursing program had lost accreditation. This is not true. In addition, words that I supposedly made at the State Board of Nursing’s Educational Committee Meeting were included in the article. I had not said what was written in the article. I verified that I had been misquoted by listening to the recording of the meeting which is available to the public at: utah.gov/pmn/files/archive/130985.mp3. The part about USU starts at 44 minutes and 45 seconds and runs until 59 minutes.
So, what I want the public to know is that the USU Nursing Programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The practical nurse program was initially accredited in 2006 and is accredited today. The program which the students go through to become RN’s, which is called the “Associate” program has been accredited since 1991 and is also still accredited through ACEN. The accreditation has not been revoked. Anyone can look up the accreditation status of both programs at: www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.asp. If for some reason we lost accreditation, we have a plan that will protect graduates’ ability to take the NCLEX (the nursing licensure exam) and license in Utah.
I hope in the future when information like this article included gets spread that people will take the time to check out what is the true by either looking at the website or calling me or someone else in nursing. We want the community to value the hard work and dedication put in by all the people in nursing and not wonder about the quality of the education that is available at USU Eastern. If you have questions about the accreditation of the nursing programs, feel free to call me at 435.797.5519 or email me.