CNE Article 

Impact of Accreditation Standards on the Quality of Continuing Nursing Education Activities as Perceived by the Learner

Elaine M. Novakovich, MS, BSN, RN

Abstract

Background:

Continuing nursing education (CNE) activities are increasingly becoming a requirement for RNs to maintain licensure or certification and to remain competent in practice in the fast-changing health care environment. Regardless of the health care profession, continuing education should be a quality educational experience to positively influence practice and patient outcomes.

Method:

A 15-item matrix based on the 2013 American Nurses Credentialing Center Primary Accreditation criteria was used to evaluate CNE activities. The matrix reflected the characteristics that a learner should be able to identify when participating in a Web-based CNE activity.

Results:

A measurable learner-perceived difference was observed in the quality of the educational experience between educational activities developed by organizations using accreditation criteria, compared with those that did not.

Conclusion:

Learners can use accreditation criteria as one method to discriminate high-quality educational activities that are designed to positively influence practice and patient outcomes.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(4):157–164.

How to Obtain Contact Hours by Reading this Issue

Instructions: 1.3 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded after you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo.gl/gMfXaf. In order to obtain contact hours you must:

Read the article, “Impact of Accreditation Standards on the Quality of Continuing Nursing Education Activities as Perceived by the Learner,” found on pages 157–164, carefully noting any tables and other illustrative materials that are included to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the content. Be sure to keep track of the amount of time (number of minutes) you spend reading the article and completing the quiz.

Read and answer each question on the quiz. After completing all of the questions, compare your answers to those provided within this issue. If you have incorrect answers, return to the article for further study.

Go to the Villanova website to register for contact hour credit. You will be asked to provide your name, contact information, and a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card number for payment of the $20.00 fee. Once you complete the online evaluation, a certificate will be automatically generated.

This activity is valid for continuing education credit until March 31, 2020 (3 years from the date).

Contact Hours

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Objectives
  • Identify the benefits of accreditation standards in the development of continuing nursing education activities.
  • Explain an outcome of the Web-based/e-learning activity.
Disclosure Statement

Neither the planners nor the author have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Authors

Ms. Novakovich is Research Nurse Specialist, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The author thanks Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Certification/Measurement, Accreditation, and Institute for Credentialing Research, American Nurses Credentialing Center, for her direction and mentoring throughout this project.

Address correspondence to Elaine M. Novakovich, MS, BSN, RN, Research Nurse Specialist, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 10/6N226, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail: enovakovich@mail.nih.gov.

Received: July 28, 2016
Accepted: October 27, 2016

10.3928/00220124-20170321-05

Background:

Continuing nursing education (CNE) activities are increasingly becoming a requirement for RNs to maintain licensure or certification and to remain competent in practice in the fast-changing health care environment. Regardless of the health care profession, continuing education should be a quality educational experience to positively influence practice and patient outcomes.

Method:

A 15-item matrix based on the 2013 American Nurses Credentialing Center Primary Accreditation criteria was used to evaluate CNE activities. The matrix reflected the characteristics that a learner should be able to identify when participating in a Web-based CNE activity.

Results:

A measurable learner-perceived difference was observed in the quality of the educational experience between educational activities developed by organizations using accreditation criteria, compared with those that did not.

Conclusion:

Learners can use accreditation criteria as one method to discriminate high-quality educational activities that are designed to positively influence practice and patient outcomes.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(4):157–164.

How to Obtain Contact Hours by Reading this Issue

Instructions: 1.3 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded after you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo.gl/gMfXaf. In order to obtain contact hours you must:

Read the article, “Impact of Accreditation Standards on the Quality of Continuing Nursing Education Activities as Perceived by the Learner,” found on pages 157–164, carefully noting any tables and other illustrative materials that are included to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the content. Be sure to keep track of the amount of time (number of minutes) you spend reading the article and completing the quiz.

Read and answer each question on the quiz. After completing all of the questions, compare your answers to those provided within this issue. If you have incorrect answers, return to the article for further study.

Go to the Villanova website to register for contact hour credit. You will be asked to provide your name, contact information, and a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card number for payment of the $20.00 fee. Once you complete the online evaluation, a certificate will be automatically generated.

This activity is valid for continuing education credit until March 31, 2020 (3 years from the date).

Contact Hours

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Objectives
  • Identify the benefits of accreditation standards in the development of continuing nursing education activities.
  • Explain an outcome of the Web-based/e-learning activity.
Disclosure Statement

Neither the planners nor the author have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

Do you want to Participate in the CNE activity?

Ms. Novakovich is Research Nurse Specialist, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The author thanks Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Certification/Measurement, Accreditation, and Institute for Credentialing Research, American Nurses Credentialing Center, for her direction and mentoring throughout this project.

Address correspondence to Elaine M. Novakovich, MS, BSN, RN, Research Nurse Specialist, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 10/6N226, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail: enovakovich@mail.nih.gov.

Received: July 28, 2016
Accepted: October 27, 2016
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