What Is Continuing Nursing Education?

You hear the words bandied around a lot: continuing education (CE), continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing ed, ConEd, etc. What does it all mean?

Healio.com just published a paper about the meaning of CNE (that’s our preferred abbreviation because it’s the easiest to type). According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the definition of CNE is:

“…learning activities intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development to the end of improving the health of the public and RNs’ pursuit of their professional career goals.”

CNE, like most continuing ed, is measured in contact hours, which is defined as “sixty minutes of an organized learning activity.” This is not to be confused with the continuing education unit (or CEU), which is defined by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training as “10 contact hours of instruction.”

Providers are accredited professionals who create and teach different courses according to the governing principals of their affiliated organization. This is not to be confused with the bodies that approve continuing education.

(Yes, there will be a quiz later.)

There is a lot more information in the article above for those of you who really love wading into the weeds. In the meantime, if you would like to simplify your life and find the best continuing nursing education courses on the web, please visit CEU Market.


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