Third-Party Comment on Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences (SLCHS) is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its comprehensive evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. SLCHS will host a visit March 28-29, 2016 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. SLCHS has been accredited by the Commission since 1994. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.
 
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:
Third-Party Comment on Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
The Higher Learning Commission
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
 
The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at: http://www.ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/third-party-comment.html
 
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality
of the institution or its academic programs.
 
Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by February 28, 2016


CCNE Accreditation Update
October 19-22, 2015

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has fully accredited the Master’s Degree Program in Nursing and the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences at the October 19-22, 2015, CCNE board meeting. The accreditation action is effective as of February 2, 2015 and is valid for five years, extending to December 31, 2020. 

 “We are especially excited that we were granted a five-year accreditation as it’s the longest duration you can receive and speaks to our quality education,” said Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, Interim President. “We will graduate 41 MSN students at Commencement on December 11. These exceptional students have worked hard and we will follow their future success with pride.”

The graduate program includes the Nurse Educator and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degrees and post-graduate certificates.

“We are committed to serving the greater Kansas City area by providing exceptional nursing education and we will continue to expand our programs to meet the needs of our healthcare partners,” said Dr. Victoria Grando, Academic Dean. “This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of Saint Luke’s College. Accreditation shows our ongoing commitment to advance the quality of higher education and validates the excellence of our program.”

Saint Luke’s College is the only AG-ACNP degree in the area. The College has 525 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs and also offers a BSN and online RN-BSN degrees.



CCNE Accreditation Update
May 13, 2015

The CCNE Board of Commissioners will meet October 19-22 to decide the outcome of the college’s graduate program accreditation. A decision will likely be sent two to three weeks later and information will be disseminated to the college community as soon as it is received. More information can be found at:

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/about/upcoming-meetings

Certifying agencies typically allow testing within one to two weeks after receipt of transcripts, accompanied by a completed application. Information updates will be communicated in early fall. The date for the fall commencement ceremony is Friday December 11, 2015.

Graduating students will be getting additional information for the fall Special Topics course, and should seek additional guidance from:

Dr. Victoria Grando, Dean of Nursing and Professor
Phone: 816-936-8715
Email: vgrando@saintlukescollege.edu


CCNE Accreditation Update
February 16, 2015

Dear Graduate Student:

This month began with the College taking the next step toward obtaining accreditation for its Graduate Program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). On February 2-4, 2015, a CCNE Evaluation Team conducted an on-site visit to assess whether the College’s Graduate Program is in compliance with CCNE’s accreditation standards. We are pleased to announce that based on the team’s verbal report at the end of their visit, the College is in full accord with CCNE standards and the team found no compliance concerns. This successful milestone moves us one step closer to obtaining CCNE accreditation for the Graduate Program.

What happened during the Team visit?
The College’s on-site CCNE evaluation was conducted by Dr. Janet Conway, the former Dean of the School of Nursing at Cedarville University in Ohio, Dr. Mary Kozy, Dean of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in McMinnville, Oregon, and Dr. Linda Malone, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. During the visit, the Team met with members of the College’s Board of Directors, Advisory Council, administrators, staff and student services, and Graduate Program faculty and students. Based on these meetings and a review of the College’s self-study report and supporting documents, the Team reached the conclusion that the Graduate Program meets CCNE standards. Specifically, this means:

  • The Graduate Program’s mission, goals and expected outcomes reflect the College’s overall mission, professional nursing standards and the needs of the community and include input from faculty and students (CCNE Standard I).
  • The College is committed to supporting the Graduate Program and provides sufficient resources to ensure the program achieves its mission, goals and expected outcomes (CCNE Standard II).
  • The Graduate Program’s curriculum and teaching-learning practices reflect professional nursing standards and the needs of the community and foster the achievement of expected student outcomes (CCNE Standard III).
  • Based on available data, the Graduate Program is fulfilling its mission and goals and is an effective program which is dedicated to ongoing improvement (CCNE Standard IV). 

What happens next?
Now that the on-site visit is completed, the CCNE Evaluation Team will prepare a written report formalizing its findings. The report also will include the Team’s rationale supporting its conclusion that the Graduate Program meets CCNE standards. The Team then will submit its report to CCNE. The CCNE staff will review and edit the report as appropriate. The staff then will send the report to the College and the College will provide a written response to the report, as required by CCNE. 

Thank You.
The College appreciates the dedication and hard work of students, faculty and staff in preparing for the CCNE on-site evaluation visit. Based on our exit interview with the Team, we received the best possible outcome -- the Team finding the Graduate Program meets all CCNE standards and has no compliance concerns. We remain confident that our efforts will result in the Graduate Program receiving CCNE accreditation in October 2015 and will keep you informed throughout this process.


CCNE Accreditation Update
January 19, 2015

Dear Graduate Student:

Happy New Year.  We look forward to 2015 being an exciting year for Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences’ Graduate Program. During this year, we anticipate the Graduate Program receiving accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As part of this process, the College submitted a self-study document to CCNE on December 19, 2014. The purpose of the self-study was to demonstrate how the College’s Graduate Program meets CCNE’s Standards for Accreditation. The next step in the accreditation process is evaluation of the Graduate Program by a CCNE Evaluation Team.  This team will visit the College on February 2-4, 2015

CCNE Evaluation Team

Since our last CCNE Accreditation Update, there has been a change in who will lead the CCNE Evaluation Team. Instead of Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Janet Conway, Ph.D., will now lead the CCNE Evaluation Team. Dr. Conway is the former Dean of the School of Nursing at Cedarville University in Ohio and has over 30 years of experience in nursing education. She along with Dr. Mary Kozy, Dean of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in McMinnville, Oregon, and Dr. Linda Malone, CPNP, who practices at Roslindale Pediatrics in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, will serve as the evaluation team for the Graduate Program. 

Preparation for the CCNE Evaluation Team Visit

This past week (January 14-15) the College participated in a mock CCNE accreditation visit. The mock visit was led by Julie Stanik-Hutt Ph.D, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, a nationally recognized leader in nurse practitioner practice and the Coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the mock visit was to provide an opportunity for the College to practice for the actual CCNE accreditation visit.  As part of this visit, the College’s administration, faculty, staff, and Graduate Faculty Senate student representatives met with Dr. Stanik-Hutt and others in preparation for the CCNE Evaluation Team visit. This exercise was part of the College’s commitment to ensuring its Graduate Program receives CCNE accreditation.   

Student Information Session

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from noon until 1 p.m. the College will host a session for Graduate Program students to learn more about the CCNE accreditation process and the upcoming on-site visit. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, so please join us. The session will take place in Room 08 and pizza will be served. 

Expansion of Graduate Program Faculty

The College is pleased to announce that Erin Tompkins, CCRN, ANP-BC, NP-C and AGACNP-BC, has joined the Graduate Program faculty as an adjunct clinical instructor for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track. We are honored to have Erin join our esteemed faculty.  


CCNE Accreditation Update
December 16, 2014

Dear Graduate Student:

Happy Holidays. As we end 2014, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences wants to thank you for your dedication to the College and its graduate program. We strongly believe in the importance of our graduate program and its mission to prepare compassionate scholarly nurse leaders who are highly capable to assume the roles of acute care nurse practitioners and nurse educators. As part of our mission, we continue to prepare for evaluation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for purposes of obtaining CCNE accreditation for our graduate program. Below is a brief update on the CCNE accreditation process.

CCNE Accreditation Timeline

The College will submit a self-study document to CCNE by no later than December 22, 2014. The purpose of the self-study is to demonstrate how the College’s graduate program meets CCNE’s criteria for accreditation. To ensure the best self-study possible, we have dedicated substantial time and resources to the preparation of the self-study document.

Next, a CCNE evaluation team will conduct an on on-site evaluation of the graduate program on February 2-4, 2015. In an effort to prepare for this visit, the College will undergo a mock CCNE accreditation visit on January 14-16, 2015. This mock visit will be led by the College’s expert consultant, Julie Stanik-Hutt Ph.D, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, of The John Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the mock visit is to better prepare College faculty, staff and students for the CCNE visit team evaluation and to determine areas that can be strengthened prior to the February on-site evaluation.  

Following the on-site evaluation, the CCNE evaluation team will provide the College with a report of its findings and the College will have an opportunity to respond to the report. Based on the self-study, the CCNE evaluation team’s report and the College’s response, CCNE’s Board of Commissioners will decide in October 2015 whether to award CCNE accreditation to the graduate nursing program.  If CCNE awards accreditation to the program the effective date of the accreditation will be retroactive to the date of the CCNE on-site evaluation, February 2, 2015.

CCNE Evaluation Team

The CCNE Evaluation Team will consist of Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean, School of Nursing & Allied Health at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, Dr. Mary Kozy, Dean of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in McMinnville, Oregon and Dr. Linda Malone, who practices at Roslindale Pediatrics in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The CCNE evaluation team will be led by Dr. Sharp. The College looks forward to the arrival of the CCNE evaluation team in February.

Expansion of Graduate Program Faculty and College Staff

One of the goals of the graduate program is to continue to increase faculty for its Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator tracks. To meet this goal, the College has hired Janet Scalet, MSN, APRN, as a full time Associate Professor who brings a deep background as an advanced adult care practitioner in both primary and acute settings. She also has worked extensively in higher education with teaching experience in Nursing Theory, Health Care Law, and Community Health areas. Additional APRN adjunct faculty were hired as well to teach specifically for the AG-ACNP track staring spring 2015.

Tere Naylor was appointed as the College Director for Accreditation and Quality Management, effective Monday, December 22, 2014. In her role, she will review requirements for maintaining accreditation status as prescribed by the program's evaluation processes and ensure assessment and reporting requirements are met. Additionally, she’ll serve as a resource working with faculty and staff in study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting activities that support quality improvement interventions, transparency, compliance regulatory standards, and performance monitoring.

Valerie Smith is our College Services Administrative Associate and manages Clinical Readiness and other business office processes. Valerie comes highly recommended and most recently worked at National American University as a Financial Service Representative. Valerie began Monday, December 1.

 Shana McGinnis is our College Student Services Associate and assists with financial aid, enrollment management, and billing duties. She will primarily work with Admissions in their evaluation of applicants, offer letters, and student support. She most recently worked as a Student Services Specialist at Maple Woods Community College. Shana began Monday, December 15.

Michael Okpewho is our College Services IT Associate. Michael is available at the front desk for student computer and technical systems support. He will work in a variety of roles including scanning documents, management of the online book store/booklist, and support classroom needs including projector, SMARTboard, and A/V systems. Michael recently worked for the Department of Homeland Security, and began Monday, December 15. 


NOVEMBER 17, 2014 UPDATE

CCNE Accreditation 

Dear Graduate Student:

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is committed to developing highly capable nurse practitioners and nurse educators in accordance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) standards. To this end, the College continues to earnestly prepare for evaluation of its graduate-level nursing programs by CCNE for purposes of receiving CCNE accreditation. Since our October CCNE Accreditation Update, the College has continued developing and refining its CCNE self-study document for the purpose of demonstrating how the graduate programs meet CCNE standards. Additionally, the College is pleased to announce the appointment of track directors, who will provide further support and leadership of the graduate program.  

Graduate Program Track Directors

Nurse Educator Graduate Program Track Director:  Karen Komoroski, Ph.D., MSN, BSN was appointed the Program Director of the College’s Nurse Educator Graduate Program track. Dr. Komoroski received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in nursing education, health nursing and primary care of the adult. Dr. Komoroski has over twenty years of experience in nursing education.  Prior to joining the College in 2011, Dr. Komoroski taught at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City for over 23 years. During her tenure at MCC Dr. Komoroski served as Chairperson of MCC’s Nursing Division. In 2004 Dr. Komoroski received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the American Red Cross for over 25 years of volunteer service as a nurse and member of the Nursing Advisory Committee. Her research interests include care of vulnerable populations, the use of technology in home care, simulation in healthcare education, and clinical education policy development. Dr. Komoroski is taking a lead role in drafting the College’s CCNE self-study for its graduate programs.

Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Interim Program Track Director: Kathryn (“Katie”) L. Taylor, MSN, BSN, FNP-BC, CNS, APRN was appointed the Interim Program Director of the College’s AGACNP Graduate Program Track. Ms. Taylor is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health with a focus on acute care. For over three years, Ms. Taylor has practiced as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the field of neurology at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Prior to this role, Ms. Taylor was an Emergency Department nurse.  Most of her career she has focused on acute care. Ms. Taylor is known for her strong leadership skills, which are evidenced in her training and mentoring of APRNs at Saint Luke’s Hospital and as an educator of students in the College’s AGACNP program. Ms. Taylor also serves on Saint Luke’s Hospital APRN Committee. Because of her dedication to acute care, Ms. Taylor is pursuing becoming a board certified AG-ACNP. 

The College is honored to have Dr. Komoroski and Ms. Taylor in their respective roles as track directors for the graduate programs. In addition, the College continues to evaluate qualified candidates for the permanent Program Track Director role for the AGACNP graduate program. The College also plans to hire additional board certified nurse practitioners to serve as faculty members for the AGACNP track. It is the College’s intention to ensure its graduate programs have the best and most qualified faculty and administrators available.

Refinement of the Self-Study

Completion of a self-study is a critical part of the CCNE accreditation process. Accordingly, the College is devoting substantial time and resources to the development of its self-study for the graduate program. The self-study must demonstrate how the graduate program tracks meet CCNE standards. To ensure the self-study is as complete and persuasive as possible, the College’s self-study team has spent months writing and reviewing the self-study document. In addition, the College’s expert consultant, Julie Stanik-Hutt Ph.D, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, of The John Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, has carefully reviewed the self-study and provided feedback. The College is now in the final stages of editing and refining the self-study. The College will submit its self-study by no later than December 22, 2014. Following submission of the self-study, CCNE will send an evaluation team to the College to conduct a comprehensive on-site evaluation of the programs. This on-site evaluation is scheduled for February 2-4, 2015.

Opportunity for Comment

When evaluating whether to award accreditation, CCNE takes into consideration comments submitted by third-parties. These comments are to focus on whether a program should receive CCNE accreditation based on the quality of the program. As such, CCNE is now accepting comments concerning the College’s graduate program. More information about CCNE’s third-party comment process may be found at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/Spring-2015-Residency-Call-for-Comments.pdf.

 

 

OCTOBER 15, 2014 UPDATE

One year from now Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences anticipates receiving accreditation of its graduate-level nursing programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (“CCNE”). Although the College and its graduate programs already are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (“HLC”), the College understands the importance of CCNE accreditation to signify the quality of our nursing programs and ensure qualified graduates are eligible for certification and recognition as Advanced Practice RNs.

The College has a comprehensive team of internal leaders and external consultants working to achieve its accreditation goal. Specifically, the College is seeking CCNE accreditation for its Master’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (“AGACNP”) degree and post-graduate certificate programs, as well as the Master’s Nurse Educator degree program.[1] Receiving CCNE accreditation is aligned with the mission of the graduate nursing programs to prepare highly capable, compassionate, scholarly nurse leaders to assume the roles of acute care nurse practitioners and nurse educators.

CCNE Accreditation Timeline

For the graduate nursing programs to become accredited by CCNE, the College must submit a self-study document that explains the quality and effectiveness of the programs based on CCNE’s accreditation standards. The self-study must be submitted by December 22, 2014. Following submission of the self-study, CCNE will send an evaluation team to the College to conduct a comprehensive on-site evaluation of the programs. The team will read the College’s self-study in advance of their visit. The purpose of the visit is to determine if the programs meet CCNE’s standards. The on-site evaluation will take place on February 2-4, 2015. Shortly thereafter, the CCNE evaluation team will prepare a report with its findings. The College will have an opportunity to respond to the report. Based on the self-study, the CCNE evaluation team’s report and the College’s response, CCNE’s Board of Commissioners will decide in October 2015 whether to award CCNE accreditation to the graduate nursing programs.  If CCNE awards accreditation to the programs the effective date of the accreditation will be retroactive to the date of the CCNE on-site evaluation, February 2, 2015.

Submission of Self-Study
December 22, 2014

CCNE On-Site Evaluation
February 2-4, 2015

CCNE Accreditation Decision
October 2015
 

Focus on the Self-Study

In accordance with CCNE standards the self-study will address the following four topics related to each graduate program: 1) Mission and Governance; 2) Institutional Commitment and Resources; 3) Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices; and 4) Assessment and Achievement of Program Outcomes. The College has a self-study team dedicated to writing, reviewing and gathering documentation. The team working on the self-study includes: Leslyn Brouilette, RN, MSN, ANP-C, Chris Eckert, MBA, April Haberyan, PhD, RN, LMT, CHC, HS-BCP, Jim Hauschildt, EdD, RN, BC, Lucy Hood, PhD, RN, Karen Komoroski, PhD, RN, EdS, CNE, Marcia Ladage, B.A., Vicki Meek, MS, CNE, Melody Messner, PhD, Tere Naylor, B.A., Deb Negus, MSN, RN, Josh Richards, M.A., Sharon Lewis, MSN, RN, and Jan Whitlow, MBA. Additionally, Terrie L. Bauer, MHA, RN, who is the System Director for Clinical Excellence for Saint Luke’s Health System, is assisting as Interim Accreditation Officer with overall project management of the College’s CCNE accreditation process.

Expert Guidance for the CCNE Accreditation Process

In addition to the team listed above, the College is pleased to announce that Julie Stanik-Hutt Ph.D, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, an adult acute care nurse practitioner and critical care clinical nurse specialist, will serve as an independent consultant during the CCNE accreditation preparation process for the graduate programs. Dr. Stanik-Hutt is an Associate Professor at The John Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is the coordinator of the University’s acute care nurse practitioner track. Dr. Stanik-Hutt also maintains a clinical practice in inpatient cardiology at John Hopkins Hospital.

Before joining John Hopkins, Dr. Stanik-Hutt taught at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she led development and implementation of the acute care nurse practitioner track as the first ACNP on faculty. As evidenced by her strong history in nursing education, Dr. Stanik-Hutt is very familiar with the CCNE accreditation process. She is an experienced CCNE on-site evaluator and has participated in the CCNE accreditation process as a program leader and faculty member.

Earlier this year, Dr. Stanik-Hutt was the recipient of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Flame of Excellence award, recognizing her as a national leader of nurse practitioners. The College is honored to have Dr. Stanik-Hutt as part of its accreditation preparation team.

Continuing the Tradition of Excellence

Since 1999 the College’s baccalaureate degree nursing program (BSN) has been continuously accredited by CCNE and the College intends for its graduate programs to continue the tradition of CCNE accreditation. Additionally, on October 2, 2014, the College successfully completed a comprehensive, routine on-site evaluation by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (“MSBN”). We are pleased to report the visit went well and the College’s BSN program continues to be fully approved by the State of Missouri. MSBN will conduct its next comprehensive review of the BSN program in 2019.



[1]CCNE does not offer accreditation for post-graduate Nurse Educator programs.  As a result, the College is not seeking accreditation for its post-graduate Nurse Educator certificate program.