“Lions, Tigers and Preparing for Accreditation, Oh My! ” Reducing Your Anxiety with Strategies for Success

“Lions, Tigers and Preparing for Accreditation, Oh My! ” Reducing Your Anxiety with Strategies for Success

This presentation will discuss a variety of topics related to accreditation preparation. So often faculty are uncomfortable and anxious prior to an a first accreditation visit or renewal visit. What should I expect? What do we need to know? What will they ask me? This presentation will discuss elements that often create unnecessary anxiety for faculty and administration prior to accreditation. As a solution for success, the presentation will address strategies for fostering anxiety and improving preparation and comfort with planning your accreditation visit. Look forward to the visit with anticipation and excitement as you review and prepare for the process of evaluation.


Janet McMahon, DNP, MSN, RN, ANEF

Janet McMahon, DNP, MSN, RN, ANEF Manager, Curriculum & Integration ATI Nursing Education 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 Presentations National Benner, P. & McMahon, J. (August 2020). Developing Online Courses in Nursing Education: Guidance from Expert Online Educators Dr. Janet McMahon Archives – Educating Nurses Educating Nurses. McMahon, J. & Luparell, S. (Sept 2019). Teaching students how to CUS. Podium Speaker, National League for Nursing (NLN) at NLN Summit, Washington, DC. Johnston, D., Knecht., P., Lyles., & McMahon, J. (July 2019). Keys to Successful Transition to the World of Nursing Academia. Keynote Presenter. Nurse Educators Essentials Conference, ATI Nursing Education, Kansas City Missouri.

Debbie Lyles, MN, PhD, CNE

Debbie Lyles, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, is the Director of Consulting at Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). She has been a registered nurse for over 35 years with 28 years of post-secondary nursing education experience. Her nursing education experience includes RN-BSN and Associate Degree Nursing. Dr. Lyles graduated from MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelor of science in nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse in pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology, and home health. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and a PhD in post-secondary and adult education from Capella University. Prior to joining ATI, she served in various senior administrative positions, faculty positions, and advisory boards at the state and local level. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, accreditation, curriculum implementation, student policies, and program evaluation. 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. In addition, she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received several recognitions of teaching excellence throughout her career.