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Views of regulatory authorities on standards to assure quality in online nursing education.

Authors
  • Delva, Sabianca1
  • Nkimbeng, Manka2
  • Chow, Sotera2
  • Renda, Susan3
  • Han, Hae-Ra2
  • D'Aoust, Rita2
  • 1 School of Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 School of Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  • 3 School of Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing outlook
Publication Date
Jun 27, 2019
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.06.011
PMID: 31421862
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

With the rapid growth in online education programs in nursing, quality of education through this modality is becoming of greater importance. This paper aims to explore current recommendations and standards for quality in online nursing education offered by nursing regulatory, accrediting, and licensing organizations. Individual interviews were conducted with the leaders from four accrediting, licensing and certifying organizations in nursing about their perspectives on quality standards for online education. The following themes emerged from the qualitative interviews: Theme 1- Standards are not specific to online education; Theme 2-This is not up to us - Professional organizations can offer recommendations but not responsible for regulations; and Theme 3- Each institution has responsibility to provide support and evaluate the quality of online education. Schools of nursing should continue to incorporate current standards for quality in online education as the methods of delivery continue to evolve in this highly technologically-oriented world. Copyright © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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