Continuing Nursing Education
Connecticut Nurses Association welcomes nurse colleagues from Maine! We are excited to support Maine nurses in achieving quality professional development programs.
Connecticut Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the
CNA uses the national voluntary system established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This system is based on a peer review process in which members of the nursing profession, using designated standards and criteria, review and approved educational activities and Approved Providers. The national system is administered by the ANCC Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA). The COA is responsible for developing and administering the operational policies, procedures, and criteria that govern both the accreditation and approval processes and accredits Approvers and Providers of continuing nursing education.
Nurses look for approved contact hours when making educational activities decisions, and sponsors who undergo the review process demonstrate a commitment to providing excellent programs. Activities and organizations approved by an ANCC Approver are recognized by most state licensing boards. Check with your licensure board if you are not sure if they recognize ANCC accredited or Approved Providers.
For CNA approval and recognition as quality continuing education, certain standards and criteria must be met. An application process assures the program's content meets these criteria.
The CNA provides a continuing education peer review approval system that complies with the continuing education criteria of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The Continuing Education Committee consists of DNA members (Nurse Peer Reviewers) who have advanced degrees and experience in staff development, continuing nursing education and/or formal nursing education. They also have experience and/or certified in a variety of nursing specialties.
Individual Educational Activity
An individual activity applicant is defined as an individual, organization, or part of an organization submitting an educational activity for approval of contact hours. There must be active involvement by a Nurse Planner to qualify for contact hour approval.
The approval period is for two-years. Contact CNA if any changes to the program are made within the approval period.
An Approved Provider is an eligible organization approved by CNA after having submitted to an in-depth analysis to determine its capacity to provide (unlimited) quality continuing education over the three-year approval period.
Approved Providers must target the majority (>50%) of their CNE activities to nurses in a single HHS region and its contiguous states(based on the HHS regions) to be eligible to apply as an Approved Provider. Applicants whose target audience is in multiple regions or in states that are not confined to a single region and its contiguous states for more than 50% of its activities may not be Approved Providers. Instead, they must apply to ANCC as an Accredited Provider through the accreditation process.
Become a Nurse Peer Reviewer
A Nurse Peer Reviewer serves as an expert in nursing continuing education and supports, interprets, and promotes the beliefs and quality outcomes of the Connecticut Nurses Association approver unit and ANCC criteria. Nurse Peer Reviewers review both individual and approve provider applications for adherence to the criteria.