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In 2003 the Mississippi Nurses Association lobbied the Legislature and HB 940 was passed, establishing a distinctive license plate for nursing! …


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Approver Unit Continuing Nursing Education Information for Providers (Individual Activity Applicant)

The Provider is any individual or organization who is dedicated to assessing learner needs, planning, implementing and evaluating an educational activity which adheres to the relevant criteria of the ANCC Accreditation Criteria.

The CE process for applying for approval of a continuing nursing education (CNE) activity is listed below. All completed paperwork should be submitted electronically to the MNF office at kdorr@msnurses.org and the CE Accreditation Administrator, Dr. Susan Hart, at dr.susanhart@gmail.com for review (see the payment fee form for dates and payment). The fee depends on the number of contact hours requested and the number of days the application is submitted before the presentation date. If the application is submitted later than 20 days before the presentation date, you must contact the office to request review (which may not be available) and the application/late fee.

Steps in the CNE process:

  • Confirm applicant eligibility (see applicant eligibility form). A provider of CNE cannot be a commercial interest. A commercial interest is defined by ANCC as any entity either producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients or an entity that is owned or controlled by an entity that produces, markets, re-sells or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Exceptions are made for non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies (see ANCC Content Integrity Standards).
  • Identify a primary nurse planner with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher who holds a valid, current, unencumbered RN license and is responsible for adherence to the ANCC accreditation criteria. The nurse planner leads the planning committee and is responsible for evaluating the presence or absence of conflicts of interest and resolving any identified actual or potential conflicts of interest during the planning and implementation phases of an education activity. If the Nurse Planner has an actual or potential conflict of interest, he or she must be recused from the role as Nurse Planner for that CNE activity. The Nurse Planner may not sign his or her Conflict of Interest Disclosure (see BIO/COI form). Another planner must review their COI form and sign.
  • Form the planning committee (a minimum of two planners are required). There must be a Nurse Planner and Content Expert. A person may play more than one role on the planning committee as long as they meet the qualifications for those roles. A planning committee member may not be an employee of a commercial interest (see BIO/COI form for content expert and COI for all other planners).
  • Identify the target audience and learner needs (knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes). Registered nurses must be part of the target audience. Other health care members can be part of the target audience (see the gap analysis on the application).
  • Develop measurable learning outcome(s) related to the learning gap(s) and needs assessment (see application and resource on learning outcomes).
  • Identify the presenters (see COI form). The presenter may not be an employee of a commercial interest (see ANCC Content Integrity Standards).
  • Plan CNE content with current evidence-based references and engaging teaching strategies to meet the learning gap(s) and outcome(s). Calculate contact hours based on 60 minutes = 1 contact hour. Activities must be a minimum of 30 minutes (0.5 contact hours). The contact hour may be taken to the hundredths (e.g. 2.75). Breaks and meal times are not included in the calculation of contact hours. Incorporate the presentation time in increments to provide content and type of active learning strategies (see planning table and resources for learner engagement).
  • Prepare disclosure statements to be provided before the activity begins (see disclosure sample for requirements)
    • Criteria for successful completion and awarding contact hours
    • Presence or absence of conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content (e.g. the Planning Committee, presenters, faculty, authors, and content reviewers). If COI is present, disclosure must include name of person, type of relationship, and name of commercial entity.
    • Commercial support (if applicable-see sample attachment)
    • Expiration date (enduring materials only)
    • Joint Providership (if applicable).
  • Develop certificate of completion and sign-in sheet (see samples for requirements). The unit of measure used in nursing continuing education is the contact hour, not CEU. This is an important distinction, as the two terms do not mean the same thing. Please be sure that all of your marketing materials, learner materials, and certificates correctly reference the contact hour.
  • Develop evaluation of the learning outcome and overall activity. The Nurse Planner is responsible for ensuring that the evaluations are summarized into a single document – the summative evaluation – and that the document is retained as part of the activity file (see record-keeping requirements).
  • Provide electronic record-keeping for at least 6 years (see activity file requirements).

Submission and Review of CE Application

  • Contact Dr. Susan Hart, CE Accreditation Administrator, at dr.susanhart@gmail.com or 601-669-0398 for applicant eligibility and any questions.
  • Send the completed CE application with attachments in one file and the individual activity payment form electronically to Kasey Dorr, administrative assistant at kdorr@msnurses.org and to dr.susanhart@gmail.com. Applications will not be processed until application fee is received.
  • During processing, the lead nurse reviewer will contact the applicant via email if additional information is required.
  • The CE application will be reviewed, and the nurse planner will be notified. The actions taken can be approval, approved pending, deferred, or denied:
    • A CNE application may be approved (application meets all requirements.) An application is approved for two years after original approval. A provider may present an activity an unlimited number of times during this period without re-submitting it for MNF approval. A provider must notify MNF of any repeat of an activity at least 30 days prior to that repeat.
    • A CNE application may be approved-pending (application is incomplete). The provider is notified within a week after the review of the application regarding the information necessary for approval. This information must be submitted to the Approver Unit prior to the date of the presentation in order to facilitate final approval. The Approver Unit does not approve an application retroactively.
    • A CNE application may be deferred (application needs substantial restructuring in order to comply with the ANCC criteria). A deferred application must be re-submitted to the Approver Unit with necessary revisions. The application will be reviewed a maximum of three (3) times. No additional fee is required for the additional reviews.
    • A CNE application may be denied meaning the application does not meet MNF/ANCC requirements for approval.
  • After the CE application is approved, the activity can be presented as often as desired within the two-year approval period. The provider must send an email notification of the repeat dates to the MNF office and a follow-up evaluation summary for each activity within 30 days of the presentation.

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Materials associated with the activity (marketing materials, advertising, agendas, and certificates of completion) must clearly indicate the Provider awarding contact hours and responsible for adherence to ANCC criteria.

  • If advertising is released prior to submission of the application, do not mention anything about seeking approval or awarding contact hours.
  • If advertising is released prior to approval AND after an application has been submitted, the following statements may be used:
    “This activity has been submitted to the Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Inc for approval to award contact hours. The Mississippi Nurses Foundation is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”
  • If advertising is released after approval, use the ANCC approval statement of provider awarding contact hours:
    “This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”

Forms/Resources for Individual Activity Providers


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