Continuing Nursing Education Information
In order to qualify as continuing education, the activity must meet the criteria of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) which states continuing nursing education is the systematic professional learning experiences designed to augment the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurses and therefore enrich the nurses’ contributions to quality health care and their pursuit of professional career goals. (ANA, 2000, p. 24). Activities which are orientation programs and facility-specific or staff development activities designed to enhance performance in a current job role and which are based on a specific facility’s policies, procedures, equipment or resources can not be considered as continuing nursing education. Neither may educational content repeat or refresh a nurse’s basic preparation.
The desired outcome of continuing education is to impact nursing practice. Just as clinical practice is asking the question, "Is there evidence that this practice produces the best client outcomes?” so also is nursing education asking the question, "Is there evidence this educational activity is positively impacting nursing practice and how do we gather the data and document that impact?”
It is the policy of ONA to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all continuing nursing education activities. Commercial support shall not influence the design and objectivity of any educational activity.
Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education. As such ONA may provide and co-provide educational activities with other organizations but may not approve other organizations’ educational activities. When activities are co-provided an ONA nurse planner must assume an active role in the entire process, from planning through evaluation. If activities are co-provided the ONA nurse planner maintains responsibility for all of the following activities:
- Determination of objectives and content
- Selection of presenters/content specialists
- Awarding of contact hours
- Record Keeping
Below is a list of documents you may need to access to present or co-proivide an approved CNE activity.
Documents for Co-Provider of Activities
Nurse Planner Packet in PDF format
Guidelines for Continuing Nursing Education Credit
Application to Provide CNE Activities MSword doc
Biographical Data Form
Conflict of Interest Form
Educational Activity Documentation Form
Commercial Supporter Education Grant Agreement (if applicable)
Required Disclosure Statement
Statement for use on all materials
Sample of Certificate of Completion