CRANFORD – Union County College’s Dr. Patricia Castaldi, Director of Practical Nursing and Allied Health, and Interim Dean of the College’s Plainfield campus, has been named to the National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation Board of Commissioners effective March 1, 2015.
In 2014, Dr. Castaldi was asked to be a member of the CNEA Steering Committee, which is responsible for maintaining the bylaws and policies for the CNEA. As a member of this committee, she was then asked to participate on the Standards Subcommittee for Practical Nursing Education. The Standards Committee participated in the development and revision of the accreditation standards.
The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty. By emphasizing a culture of continuous quality improvement within nursing education globally, the CNEA accreditation process influences the preparation of a caring and skilled nursing workforce.
For a program to be considered for accreditation, it must prepare a student to practice the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence. By focusing on these four areas, students are taught to uphold process and rigor in a caring manner; respecting each program’s diversity of mission, curricula, faculty, and students; to exercise personal, professional and organizational integrity throughout the process; and to promote excellence through clarity of the accreditation process.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.