Guidelines on Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Educational Institutions
Quality of nursing and midwifery workforce can contribute to the quality of health-care services and health outcomes. Quality assurance and accreditation are the two key mechanisms of ensuring the quality of education which is the foundation to building workforce capacity. Quality assurance is the internal process established by the education institution based on the national education standards and guidelines. It is a continuous process aiming for quality improvement. Accreditation is the external process performed by a national authority or independent organization to assess and evaluate the performance of the institution to ensure the quality of the graduates. It is done periodically. The guidelines provide the information on the definition, process and roles of organizations concerned in quality assurance and accreditation of nursing and midwifery education institutions. Seven key concerned quality components are suggested, namely vision/mission/goal and objectives, organization/administration, academic staff, students, curriculum, resources and a quality assurance system. Example of standards, indicators and the self-assessment report are also provided.