Oct 4, 2022 RWJBarnabas Health Achieves ANCC Accreditation for Nursing Continuing Professional Development

ANCC accreditation demonstrates a commitment to delivering high-quality continuing nursing professional development.

Accredited Nursing Continuing Professional Development logo - American Nurses Credentialing CenterWest Orange, NJ, October 3, 2022 RWJBarnabas Health, the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, was granted accreditation for nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) in August from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This accreditation demonstrates the system’s commitment to using evidence-based criteria when developing high-quality educational activities that promote the professional growth of nurses.

“We are honored to receive this national accreditation for our nursing continuing professional development from the ANCC,” said Michelle L. Dickerson, PhDc, RNC-NIC, RNC-MNN, C-ELBW, C-EFM, NPD-BC, CBC, ANCC Accredited Provider Program Director and Perinatal Educator at RWJBarnabas Health.

“We understand how vital nursing professional development is to patient and staff safety, as well as ensuring quality care and engagement among our health care professionals. Our goal as a system is to build knowledge in multiple areas to bolster confidence and competency, which will positively impact nurses, patient care and community health,” explained Mary Beth Russell, PhD, MA, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, FNAP, Vice President of The Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research at RWJBarnabas Health.

With this accreditation, RWJBarnabas Health joins an influential global community of accredited organizations. The system received accreditation for demonstrating its commitment to using evidenced-based criteria when developing educational activities that promote the professional growth of nurses.

NCPD accreditation from ANCC elevates educational offerings that benefit RWJBarnabas Health’s nurses, and the patients and communities it serves, by:

  • Promoting the highest professional standards to sustain effective strategies that improve professional nursing practice
  • Improving curricula for nurses to provide evidence-based education that strengthen professional development programs
  • Increasing credibility to adhere to evidence-based, global standards that deliver quality, professional education
  • Expanding visibility to be included among other accredited organizations that are listed in a nationwide, searchable directory
  • Increasing demand to offer continuing professional development contact hours that are essential to building professional portfolios, and maintaining certification and accreditation from ANCC and other licensing boards and regulatory bodies

The ANCC Accreditation Model is based on the original Donabedian framework of structure, process, and outcome measures to evaluate quality. The ANCC standards provide organizations with a structured, evidence-based framework to design and implement NCPD activities. The development of quality outcomes ensures that accredited organizations continuously evaluate processes and their impact on the professional development of nurses.

For more information on the ANCC NCPD Accreditation Program, visit nursingworld.org/ncpd.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers' education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit rwjbh.org.

Carrie Cristello