South Shore Health Nurses Achieve Full Accreditation for Continuing Professional Development

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Eight members of South Shore Health's CPDS Team pose for a group photo at South Shore Hospital
CPDS Team (left to right): Naomi Pollara, Kelly Mattar, Colleen Smith, Kristine DiCarlo, Jessica Stevens, Paula Lynch Ritchie, Sharon Stemm, Sharon Perkins, Kerriann Campbell, Lisa Lennon, Rosanna Jaime, and Kelly Fitzpatrick (Not pictured: Sharon Duty, MaryEllen Kelleher, Connie Rogers).

South Shore Health has been granted full accreditation as a provider of Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

“Achieving ANCC accreditation is a tangible demonstration of South Shore Health’s commitment to delivering high-quality, evidence-based continuing education that promotes the professional development of our nurses,” said Sharon Stemm, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Professional Development.

South Shore Health’s Clinical Professional Development Specialists (CPDS) Team was responsible for achieving this mark of distinction that acknowledges the organization’s commitment to lifelong learning. Susan Duty, ScD, MSN, RN, ANP, BC, Nurse Scientist was the CPDS colleague who led the ANCC Accredited Provider Unit application process to achieve this privilege.

“We are proud that South Shore Health is part of an influential global community of accredited organizations that have demonstrated a measurable commitment to the professional enrichment of its nurses, which leads to empirical outcomes for our patients,” said Andrew Harding, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAHA, FAEN, Chief Nursing Officer.

NCPD accreditation from ANCC elevates educational offerings that benefit our nurses, and the patients and communities we serve, by:

  • Promoting the highest professional standards to sustain effective strategies that improve professional nursing practice
  • Improving curricula for nurses to provide evidence-based education that strengthen professional development programs
  • Increasing credibility to adhere to evidence-based, global standards that deliver quality, professional education
  • Expanding visibility to be included among other accredited organizations that are listed in a nationwide, searchable directory
  • Increasing demand to offer continuing professional development contact hours that are essential to building professional portfolios, and maintaining certification and accreditation from ANCC and other licensing boards and regulatory bodies 

The duration of South Shore Health’s accreditation period is four years.

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