The nurse is responsible to participate in and maintain proof of successful completion of continuing competency that meets rules and regulations chapter 21.6. Continuing Competency. Detail is available at the BON website.
CNE program must be approved by one of the following BON recognized credentialing agency or an affiliated entity :
Proof that a course provider is approved by one of these credentialing agencies should be readily apparent on any course advertisement or on the website if on the internet. Proof of successful completion of CNE must be maintained for six years.
Academic education courses that are part of a curriculum that leads to an academic degree in nursing or a course directly relevant to the licensee's area of nursing practice can be used to meet CNE. Proof of successful completion is an official transcript showing a grade of C or better or a pass on a pass/fail grading system Rules and Regulation, 216.5.
The following activities do not meet continuing education requirements for licensure renewal Rules and Regulation, 216.6:
(1) Basic Life Support (BLS) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses.
(3) Nursing refresher courses. Programs designed to up-date knowledge or current nursing theory and clinical practice, which consist of a didactic and clinical component to ensure entry level competencies into nursing practice are not accepted for CNE credit.
(4) Orientation programs. A program designed to introduce employees to the philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role expectations and physical facilities of a specific work place are not acceptable for CNE credit.
(5) Courses which focus upon self-improvement, changes in attitude, self-therapy, self-awareness, weight loss, and yoga.
(6) Economic courses for financial gain, e.g., investments, retirement, preparing resumes, and techniques for job interview.
(7) Courses which focus on personal appearance in nursing.
(8) Liberal art courses in music, art, philosophy, and others when unrelated to patient/client care.
(9) Courses designed for lay people.
(10)Self-directed study is an educational activity wherein the learner takes the initiative and the responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the activity including, but not limited to:
(A) academic courses that are audited, or that are not directly relevant to a licensee's area of nursing practice, or that are prerequisite courses such as mathematics, physiology, biology, government, or other similar courses are not acceptable; and
(11) Continuing Medical Education (CME), unless completed by an APRN in the APRN's role and population focus area of licensure. One contact hour equals 50 minutes of education and 0.5 contact hours equals 25 minutes. A contact hour is not equivalent to a continuing education unit (CEU). Contact hour is the current term of measure for CNE. You might find the old term CEU used occasionally.
One contact hour equals 0.1 CEU and 10 contact hours equals one CEU. Courses that may be included for APRN's who prescribed medication will be noted as having pharmacology hours.