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Published on April 08, 2008

Abington Memorial Hospital's Dixon School of Nursing Receives Continuing Accreditation

ABINGTON, PA (April 8, 2008) - Abington Memorial Hospital's Dixon School of Nursing was recently granted continuing accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The Dixon School was measured against the highest national standards of quality in nursing education. Only 56 nursing diploma programs in the nation have earned this designation. The accreditation is effective until 2015.

"The process started with a three-day visit by representatives of the NLNAC in October and was followed by an extensive review by the Evaluation Review Panel in January," says Debby Hines, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.S., C.N.E., chair of the Dixon School of Nursing. "The Board of Commissioners of the NLNAC awarded an eight-year accreditation in March, which is the maximum amount of time that a school may receive. This is truly a significant achievement."

NLNAC is the national accrediting body for nursing education programs. Accreditation is a voluntary process by which non-governmental associations recognize nursing educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.

The Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing in Willow Grove, PA was opened in 1914. The educational program of the school is based on a theoretical body of knowledge, which directs clinical nursing practice. The Dixon School of Nursing subscribes to the mission and philosophy of Abington Memorial Hospital and the Department of Nursing to ensure that comprehensive healthcare is provided to patients and that the healthcare needs of the community are met.

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