Nursing Continuing Education/Contact Hour Process


Accreditation statement - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Nursing Education and     Professional Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation


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



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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