Medical School Gets Accreditation on Continuing Education for Nurses

Harvard Gazette (10/28/19) McDonald, Robert

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has awarded Harvard Medical School (HMS) an accreditation term, making the institution an accredited provider of continuing education units for nurses. “The ability to offer these credits shows our commitment to promoting interprofessional continuing education, which is associated with improved healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes,” said HMS Dean for External Education David Roberts. Moreover, a study in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice observed that “[b]y understanding where one profession's skill set ends and another's begins, participants ... provide more immediate and continuous care for their patients.” HMS' Ellen Long-Middleton, the lead nurse planner accountable for the overall functioning of the accredited provider unit, noted, “As an evidence base continues to be established related to the impact of interprofessional education on practice and health outcomes, an opportunity exists for us to contribute to this body of research by tracking our work to build interprofessional education.” HMS Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education Ajay Singh noted that “achievement of this accreditation is the culmination of a multi-year process starting with conversations at the leadership level.”

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