Dr. Kimberly Cribb, an associate professor of nursing and Director of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Thomas University, was one of four nursing educators elected to the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in the fall of 2011.
“I was very surprised that I was nominated and even more surprised that I was elected to the Commission,” Cribb said, adding that she believes she was chosen for the position based on her experience in nursing and in working with the NLNAC.
The commission, which consists of nine members, is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, Diploma, and Practical programs). The commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC.
Cribb joined the nursing faculty at Thomas University in 2007. A native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., she earned an associate degree in nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree in community health nursing from Albany State University and a doctorate in curriculum and instructional technology from Valdosta State University.
She originally decided to become a nurse because of the job opportunities available. Cribb became an RN at the age of 20.
“I really love what nursing has to offer,” she said. “There are so many opportunities. I’ve worked as a pediatric critical care nurse, an emergency room nurse, a staff educator and now a nursing educator. I’ve had multiple jobs, but they’re all within the same discipline of nursing.”
Previously, Cribb has served as a site visitor for the NLNAC and as a member of the NLNAC Evaluation Review Panel.