Excelsior College today announced that one of their own, Renee Gecsedi, MS, RN, has been appointed as an alternate member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Committee on Nursing Practice Standards, beginning January 2014. Gecsedi is director of Excelsior’s Regional Performance Assessment Center (RPAC): Northern Performance Assessment Center (NPAC) and the Midwestern Performance Assessment Center (MPAC).
“The Committee sets the foundation of nursing in providing care to patients,” said Gecsedi. “I look forward to helping update the nursing standards that will guide the profession and individual nurses in providing high quality patient care. It is my small way to make an impact in nursing.”
The Committee on Nursing Standards provides for strategic planning and oversight for the development of nursing practice standards for the ANA. The group reviews and makes recommendations for recognition of a nursing specialty and monitors current and future health care environments for the development and implementation of practice standards that promote safe, quality patient care.
The committee consists of eight voting members and two non-voting alternates. As an alternate, Gecsedi is expected to participate in all activities and step in should a voting member resign or be unable to fulfill the duties of the office for any reason.
As RPAC director, she is responsible for oversight of the Clinical Associates and Clinical Examiners at all test sites within NPAC and MPAC. She is also tasked with ensuring adequate clinical staff levels and securing new Excelsior College Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE) testing sites.
Excelsior’s associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The School of Nursing at Excelsior College has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.
This is not Gecsedi’s first appointment to a national organization, having previously served as a Fellow of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Leadership Development Institute, ONS Membership Advisory Panel and Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also served as a Fellow for the American Journal of Nursing following graduate school.