In a brief ceremony on Friday, Sept. 17, (left) Dr. Mary Carol Pomatto, chairperson of the Department of Nursing, announced that the department had earned reaccreditation for its BSN and MSN degree programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the maximum time period of 10 years.
"This was a real A-team effort for that kind of outcome to be achieved in this kind of environment," Pomatto told the crowd.
She noted that "The bar for accountability is constantly rising." In her five years leading the department, Pomatto said, the national standards the department must meet have changed at least three times.
Pomatto said the accreditation team met with PSU nursing students, members of the nursing program's advisory board, representatives of the hospitals where students receive clinical experience and others. In every instance, Pomatto said, the evaluators came away impressed.
"These people were completely wowed by our students," Pomatto said. "They felt they (the students) represented well the future of nursing."
In addition to receiving unconditional accreditation from the CCNE, the department also received an unconditional 10-year approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.