If you're looking for a nursing program, you may be frustrated with all the components you have to consider. Not only do you have to make sure the program offers what you want, where you want, and that you can both get in and afford it, but that the program is accredited by the NLNAC (the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission).
It is the NLNAC's job to ensure that nursing programs meet standards for education. By assessing the programs and accrediting them based on what they offer, they can ensure that people who graduate from those programs know everything they need to know to be successful in healthcare careers.
However, you may wonder why it's good for nurses to graduate from NLNAC-accredited programs, or why the organization is important at all. Isn't it just one more thing to worry about when you're looking for a program? The NLNAC is important to nurses because it provides a standard of education for nursing programs, and helps you in the long run when you're looking for a career.
By accrediting nursing programs based on the same criteria, the NLNAC guarantees that the programs that are accredited meet certain standards. That means you know, as a student, that if you graduate from an accredited program, you'll know what you need to know in order to be an effective nurse.
Employers also look at where you graduated when you apply for a position. If you graduated from an accredited program, potential employers know that your education was a quality one, and they can rely on you for what you need to do in the career. If you present a resume showing you went to an NLNAC-accredited program, your employer can be sure that you'll do a good job based on your education.
It may be frustrating taking the time to make sure your nursing program has been accredited by the NLNAC. Yes, it is one more thing to consider in the overall plan. However, the NLNAC is important to nurses, as well as to their future employers to make sure a standard of nursing is maintained, beginning with their education. If you start a program that meets standards of education, you'll know that those standards will be maintained through your entire program, and on into your nursing career.