Dr. Sharon Tanner to Retire as CEO of ACEN

Dr. Sharon TannerAtlanta, GA, March 25, 2014 – Sharon Tanner, EdD, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), has announced that she will retire from the ACEN in August 2014. Dr. Tanner’s decision marks the end of a nearly decade-long tenure with the agency as CEO and over 30 years of service to the nursing profession and the promotion of excellence in nursing education.


ACEN Board of Commissioners and ACEN Nominating Committee

The ACEN is seeking nominations for five (5) Commissioners and one (1) member of the ACEN Nominating Committee. We are requesting your assistance in identifying candidates for these positions.

The following positions will appear on the 2014 election ballot:

  • Three (3) educators representing all program types. Candidates must be from ACEN-accredited programs.
  • One (1) nurse administrator/representative from nursing service.  Candidates must be employed full-time in nursing in a non-educational setting.  Candidates may have a faculty appointment as an adjunct or clinical faculty.
  • One (1) member of the public. Candidates may not have any connection to the discipline of nursing or to a nursing education program.
  • One (1) member of the ACEN Nominating Committee. Candidates must be from ACEN accredited programs.

If you are interested in serving on the Commission or Nominating Committee, please send a copy of your current resume/CV and a letter indicating interest to the ACEN office. If you would like to nominate a colleague, please provide the name and contact information, and the ACEN staff will contact the individual.

Nominations should be sent to the ACEN as follows:
Yovanka Heyburn
Executive Assistant, ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Email: yheyburn@acenursing.org

Compliance with the 2013 Standards and Criteria

As a reminder, the 2013 ACEN Standards and Criteria will go into effect on January 1, 2014; all ACEN-accredited nursing programs must be in compliance with the new Accreditation Standards at that time. This is of particular importance to programs with an onsite accreditation review scheduled in the Spring 2014 Cycle. All programs being reviewed in the Spring 2014 Cycle or later must utilize the 2013 ACEN Standards and Criteria in their Self-Study Reports.

The ACEN Self-Study Forums

With the introduction of the new 2013 ACEN Standards and Criteria, registrations have reached a record high for the ACEN Self-Study ForumsRegistrations are now closed for the Spring 2014 Self-Study Forum in Atlanta, Georgia – April 10-11, 2014.  Both are filled to capacity.  We are accepting registrations for the Fall 2014 Self-Study Forum in Orlando, Florida – October 27-28, 2014.  Register for the Orlando, FL - Fall 2014 Self-Study Forum today!