Reviewers for IEN Bridging Programs

Review Team

An accreditation review includes an on-site visit conducted by a team of peer reviewers. The team leader is an experienced reviewer and acts as a first among equals. The number of reviewers on a team depends on the number of Educational Units and Nursing Education Programs being assessed and is usually two.

Role of Reviewers

Reviewers are critical to the success and credibility of the CASN Accreditation Program. They collect data assessing the IEN Bridging Programs against the standards and provide the CASN IEN Accreditation Bureau (IEN-CAB) with a written report of their findings. CASN reviewers are experienced educators, recommended by the Heads of their respective School, and undergo CASN reviewer training. They represent CASN while participating in the accreditation process and sign a form guaranteeing their commitment to the accreditation policies and procedures, including professional and ethical conduct, confidentiality and respect for the intellectual property of the program.

Selection of Reviewers

CASN solicits nominations of reviewers annually to maintain a pool of qualified, trained, anglophone and francophone reviewers. Reviewers must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be a full-time nursing faculty member or retired from the same within the past three years;
  • Recently involved in teaching or administering IEN bridging programs;
  • Experienced instructors with at least three years in an IEN bridging program in nursing;
  • Possess at least a Master’s degree in nursing; and
  • Willing to participate in the accreditation process for at least two consecutive years.

Reviewers are selected for specific reviews according to their previous accreditation experience, and language skills. In addition, they must not generally be employed by a program in the same province as that of the program to be reviewed, and must also be free of any other potential conflict of interest with the nursing program being reviewed.

Reviewer Orientation

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria must participate in an orientation program for reviewers. CASN provides a web-based generic education on accreditation developed by the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC), as well as a modular reviewer preparation program delivered by distance in real time in both English and in French. Reviewers are also provided with written information about the role.

Competencies required by reviewers include:

  • Ability to be objective and respectful of differences;
  • Ability to observe, to interview, to analyze and synthesize information into concise, factual written statements;
  • Ability to match individual pieces of evidence with standards, descriptors and key elements; and
  • Ability to provide informed and constructive feedback;
  • Commitment to quality improvement in nursing education;
  • Ethical behavior;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the accreditation process;
  • Professional maturity.

Application for Reviewers form

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