Why should Higher Education Institutions accredit their Advanced Practice Programmes?
- Successful accreditation demonstrates that programmes are up to date, of the highest quality and are effective in educating nurses to an Advanced Practice level.
- Employers in both the public and independent sectors have long recognised the quality of graduates from RCN accredited programmes, recognising their commitment to best practice.
Benefits of RCN Accreditation
- Demonstrable evidence of adherence to RCNs quality standard, designed to promote best practice and leading to improved patient care
- Invaluable market differentiation and competitive advantage in a crowded market
- Leverage the RCN brand’s reputation for excellence amongst advanced nurse practitioners, as well as their employers, who often sponsor attendance on programmes
- Receipt of valuable, specialist feedback from the external peer review process, as well as support in the development and monitoring of programmes
- Opportunity for benchmarking against current policy standards and workforce priorities for advanced nursing practice
- Can be undertaken alongside an existing programme’s validation cycle, keeping administration/resources to a minimum
- Unique marketing opportunity offered by the automatic award of the RCN Credential in Advanced Level Nursing Practice to successful MSc graduates
Successfully accredited programmes are promoted to RCN members through:
- Listings on the RCN Accreditation and RCN Credentialing website pages
- Use of RCN Logo and accreditation statement in providers’ marketing materials
- Annual email promotion to RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner members
- RCN Regional Newsletters to members, on successful accreditation
- Offer of discounted rates on banner advertisements.