Nursing Continuing Education/Contact Hour Process

Eligibility & Responsibilities

What is eligible for contact hours and what is not?

 Continuing Education
  • Acquires new knowledge and skills to enable advanced decision making
  • Acquires greater depth of knowledge and skills in a particular area of nursing
  • Enhances professional attitudes and values
  • Advances career goals and promotes  professional development
  • Supports innovation and creativity in practice
  • Implements change within the individual’s practice and within healthcare in general
  • Addresses new standards of practice, laws and rules
  • Target audience: nurses seeking enhanced professionalism and utilization of advanced nursing decisions and actions
Basic Information
  • Target audience: nurses preparing for entry level into the profession


  • Educates for work at specific institution
  • Teaches and tests for skill competency
  • Addresses institution-based standards of practice
  • Addresses institution-based standards of practice
  • Target audience: nurses preparing to utilize new tools or utilize information specific to work setting

Length of Program

  • Programs less than 60 minutes


Provider Unit        Nurse Planner Planning Committee
  • Determination of educational objectives and content
  • Evaluation methods and categories
  • Record keeping procedures
  • Management of any commercial support or sponsorship
  • Must notify TNA in writing, within seven business days and changes within the provider unit
  • Participate in and ensure that the ANCC COA/TNA criteria are met in regard to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of all continuing education events offered for nurses.
  • Serve as resource and/or content expert when asked.
  • Decide if program is co-provided
  • Complete all applicable forms with appropriate wording on all marketing materials.
  • Provide roster, evaluation form, and certificate for the program as least 1 week prior to the program.
  • Provide feedback to committee and speakers.
  • Designs continuing education program – including decisions on time, date, location, food, media decisions, event logistics, staffing event, and speakers.
  • Send all final reports to the nurse planner within 2 weeks after program.


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