Accreditation Visit on the Horizon? Reducing Your Stress and Increasing Readiness

Accreditation Visit on the Horizon? Reducing Your Stress and Increasing Readiness

The idea of preparing for a nursing accreditation visit can be overwhelming to administration and faculty at any level. Anxiety along with increased demands for preparation (workload) are often associated with planning in advance for a visit. Questions such as: What will site visitors expect me to know? How should I answer questions? How can I get organized in advance? This session will discuss how you can create strategies to prepare for an accreditation visit while reducing the fear of the visit and increasing readiness for faculty and administrators.


Debbie Lyles, PhD, MN, CNE

With a long and varied career in nursing and nursing education, Debbie Lyles received her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, an MN from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in post-secondary and adult education from Capella University. Areas of clinical experience as a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist include pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology, and home health. Her experience in nursing education includes RN-to-BSN and Associate Degree Nursing, and Licensed Practice Nursing, where she served in faculty positions and various senior administrative positions. Active at the local and state levels, she served on many advisory boards and committees. As a nurse educator, her areas of passion and expertise include student policies, curriculum development and implementation, accreditation, and program evaluation, with presentations at the local, regional, and national level. Active in the accreditation process, she served as a site visitor, site visitor chair, review panel member, and appeal panel member. Research interests include simulation, specifically capstone simulation experience and interdisciplinary simulation. Most recently she has been immersed in Next Generation NCLEX content, with a focus on assisting faculty to understand best practices for integration in teaching and learning. In addition, she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received several recognitions of teaching excellence throughout her career. Dr. Lyles has been with ATI since 2017 and is currently serving as Director of Consulting.

Janet McMahon, DNP, MSN, RN, ANEF

Janet McMahon, DNP, MSN, RN, ANEF Dr. McMahon has been in academia in various roles for over 30 years. Her current role is Manager of Integration & Curriculum at ATI Nursing Education. Her vast experience includes serving in the role as a professor, academic leader, national consultant, published author and reviewer in nursing education, national presenter, and key-note speaker in academia and healthcare industry. Professionally, her experience includes serving previously as a site visitor for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). She also served as item writer and reviewer, including serving on the Panel of Judges, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Dr. McMahon has received special recognition over the years with some of the following accomplishments: 2020, President’s Club, ATI Nursing Education, 2018 Rookie of the Year; ATI Nursing Education, The Innovation in Teaching Award, Towson University, Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award, Penn State University, College of Health and Human Development, Outstanding Nursing Alumni, Penn State University, College of Nursing. Other accomplishments include: • Fellow, National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) • Previously served NLN Board of Governors and various NLN committees. • Sigma Theta Tau International Member (Beta Chapter, Penn State University) • The Pennsylvania State University Nursing Alumni Association