An accreditation review includes an accreditation (on-site or virtual) visit conducted by a team of peer reviewers. The team is led by a team leader who 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.
ROLE OF REVIEWERS
Reviewers are critical to the success and credibility of the accreditation program. They collect and validate data assessing the educational unit and nursing education programs against the CASN Accreditation Standards and provide the CASN Accreditation Bureau with a written report of their findings. Reviewers also provide an oral report of their findings to the school being reviewed at the end of their accreditation visit. 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 nomination of reviewers annually to maintain a pool of qualified, trained, anglophone and francophone reviewers. Reviewer must meet the following selection criteria:
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 unit/program in the same province as that of the unit and program to be reviewed, and must also be free of any other potential conflict of interest with the unit and program.
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: