Navigating National Accreditation Conference

Due to COVID-19, the Navigating National Accreditation Conference has been cancelled.

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The only program of its kind, this conference shares practical hands-on approaches and strategies to help you prepare for the CCNE accreditation process. * Attendees will learn planning best practices, avoiding pitfalls during the process and how to integrate individual standard strategies into a comprehensive review plan.

How well-prepared are you?

  • Do you know the best ways to prepare your senior administrators for the accreditation interview?

  • What are the best practices for creating a successful self-study, and what are the more common errors that schools make?

  • What do reviewers look for in documentation and data to ensure you meet CCNE national accreditation standards?

  • How do you organize your resource room, and what information should you not include?

  • What data should you collect after the accreditation visit to ensure you are prepared for the next visit?

What last year's participants said about Navigating National Accreditation

Participant quotes from 2019This is the best accreditation conference I have attended, the sheer volume of resources shared and the expertise of the presenters made the conference an incredible value!

Since launching Navigating National Accreditation three years ago, faculty and staff from across the country have given the program rave reviews.  From small private colleges, to large public universities, our guests have found the personalized learning environment at Navigating National Accreditation welcoming and engaging. Take a look at our past participants!

What our guests have told us over the past three years….

Did the conference meet your personal learning objectives?           
100% Yes!

Was the conference a good value?             
100% Yes!





Why You Should Attend

  • In-depth discussion in work groups for each CCNE standard for your school’s self-study.

  • Planning preparation for your school for the on-site accreditation visits.

  • Easy to use seminar materials, planning templates, worksheets, timelines and best practice suggestions.

  • A complete digital set of all planning documents ready for use by your accreditation team as soon as you return to your institution.

  • Participants can earn up to 14.25 credit hours.

  • All conference, hotel and meals included for One Price!

  • Each team member will enjoy single accommodations at the JB Duke Hotel.

  • Breakfast, mid-day break, lunch, mid-afternoon break and dinner at the JB Duke Hotel during the entire seminar.

One registration fee covers a team of up to three people!

Who Should Attend

We welcome accreditation teams (up to three participants) comprised of faculty and staff from nursing schools that are preparing for national accreditation or reaccreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*  We suggest that those within your organization who will be spearheading your national accreditation preparation efforts come to the conference. For smaller teams and schools, we have a special individual registration option for one or two people should your school wish to send fewer than three people.

Our Presentation Team

Michael V. Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Global and Community Health Affairs

Dr. Relf, has significant experience with nursing accreditation. In addition to serving as an on-site evaluator, he has served as the faculty coordinator for CCNE re-accreditation at a prior institution. At Duke University, he has served on the faculty steering committee for its most recent CCNE accreditation having led the team focusing on Standard IV. He has consulted with universities in preparation of their self-study and has conducted mock on-site reviews. 

He earned a graduate degree in nursing administration from Georgetown University and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Nursing at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Currently, he is the associate dean for global and community affairs at the Duke University School of Nursing.

Dr. Relf’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of HIV, including HIV-related stigma and engagement in care. He has published his research in a number of high impact journals. He is the associate editor of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 

Barbara TurnerBarbara S. Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing
Chair, Health of Women, Children & Families Division

Dr. Turner, in addition to heading up the Duke CCNE site visit and self-study, has worked with a number of universities on the self-study and mock on-site reviews. She has also worked with state accreditation agencies for the sponsorship of new academic programs.

She earned graduate degrees in hospital administration and perinatal nursing prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. Following her retirement from the Army Nurse Corps, she established the Center for Nursing Research at Duke and held the position of Associate Dean for Research for 13 years.

Dr. Turner’s research interests focus on the effect of nursing intervention on critically ill newborns, including exogenous surfactant administration, endotracheal suctioning, high frequency ventilators and airway management. She has published widely in journals, books, monographs and computer-assisted instruction. Dr. Turner serves as a Section Editor in Heart & Lung in addition to being a reviewer for other nursing journals. She is active professionally in the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.


Debra L. Mattice, MA, MPA
Director, Academic Support Operations

Ms. Mattice joined the Duke University School of Nursing in October 2006. One of her responsibilities is serving as the primary point of contact for CCNE accreditation activities for the ABSN, MSN and DNP programs, including an initial program accreditation and a multi-program accreditation process. She has convened and staffed the accreditation task forces; developed and monitored the schedules for the preparation of the self-studies; provided final editing of the self-studies; coordinated faculty and community of interest preparation; coordinated development and staging of the site visit resource rooms; managed the on-site logistics during the site visits; and managed the preparation and submission of the school’s comments on the final report.

Ms. Mattice also has ongoing responsibility for the coordination and submission of substantive change notices, including working closely with faculty in the development of academic majors to assure compliance with applicable standards and the development and submission of the Continuous Improvement Process Reports.




Pre-Conference Event (Complementary and Optional): June 15, 2020

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Tour of the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Campus

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet Mixer

Day One: June 16, 2020

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast, Registration & Networking

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome - Introduction - Overview of CCNE Accreditation

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Mid-morning Break and Networking

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


12:20 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Surviving and Thriving During an On-site CCNE Visit: Pearls of Wisdom
Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Academic Programs
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Review of Standards 1 and 2, Discussion

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Mid-afternoon Break

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Managing the Visit - Preparing Your Team

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Resource Room Management and Wrap-up of Day One

Day Two: June 17, 2020

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Mid-morning Break and Networking

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Review of Standards 3 and 4

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Managing for Future Reviews: The Information You'll Need, the Information You Won't

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Wrap up of Standards 3 and 4, Discussion and Wrap Up of Conference


Tour of Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University and Durham

Arriving in town early for the conference? Participants of the 2019 Navigating National Accreditation Conference are invited to join us for a complimentary tour of the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University and downtown Durham on Monday, June 17.

We hope to give you a flavor for why we think the School of Nursing, Duke and Durham are such special places. While on your tour, you will visit the iconic Duke Chapel and the renowned Cameron Indoor Stadium, home to the national powerhouse Duke Blue Devils basketball team.

The tour will leave the hotel at 3 p.m. and have you back by 4:30 p.m. in time for our kick-off meet and greet at the hotel.



Enjoy a tranquil retreat at the JB Duke Hotel, a premier lodging destination and one of the newest hotels in Durham. Its 198 spacious guest rooms and suites will welcome you with warm neutral tones accented by the deep blue hues of Duke University’s palette.

Each guest room is equipped with an outstanding selection of modern amenities, and inside the spa-inspired guest bathrooms you will find a delightful collection of complimentary Gilchrist & Soames London Collection soaps, lotions and shampoos.

Come and experience a uniquely modern twist on Southern hospitality. Visit the JB Duke Hotel website.

Seminar Note: Hotel reservations will be made through the seminar registration process and include the cost of the room and direct taxes and fees. Accommodations do not include personal incidental charges that may be incurred by seminar participants.

If it is more convenient for conference guests to stay an extra night and fly home the next morning, a special B&B rate is available at the hotel.  Please contact the conference team for more information.

*Disclaimer: This accreditation preparation seminar is not associated with or endorsed by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Attendance does not imply you will have a successful CCNE accreditation.


Duke Health LogoJointly Accredited Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Nurse CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 14.25 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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