Continuing Education

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Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA) is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education through the Texas Nurses Association. As such, ONA may not approve educational activities for continuing nursing education contact hours. However, we have the ability to work with organizations to Joint Provide continuing nursing education activities. To Joint Provide an activity, an ONA nurse planner must have an active role in the entire process, from planning through evaluation. If activities are joint-provided the ONA nurse planner maintains responsibility for all of the following activities:

  • Determination of objectives and primary content
  • Selection of presenters/content specialists
  • Managing Commercial Support or Sponsorship
  • Awarding of contact hours
  • Ensuring the Approved Provider statement is displayed on all material
  • Record Keeping
  • Evaluation
An education activity is a planned organized effort, either Provider-Directed or Learner-Paced aimed at accomplishing educational objectives.  An activity may be presented once or be presented multiple times over a two-year period as long as the content remains current. A Provider-Directed activity is one where the provider controls all aspects of the learning.  A Learner-Paced activity is an activity where the learner determines the pace at which the learner engages in the learning activity.

Activities which are orientation programs and facility-specific or staff development activities designed to enhance performance in a current job role and which are based on a specific facility’s policies, procedures, equipment or resources can not be considered as continuing nursing education. Neither may educational content repeat or refresh a nurse’s basic preparation.

The desired outcome of continuing education is to impact nursing practice. Just as clinical practice is asking the question, "Is there evidence that this practice produces the best client outcomes?” so also is nursing education asking the question, "Is there evidence this educational activity is positively impacting nursing practice and how do we gather the data and document that impact?”

It is the policy of ONA to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all continuing nursing education activities. Commercial support shall not influence the design and objectivity of any educational activity.

Any questions regarding the ONA Approved Provider Unit may be addressed to ona.ed@oklahomanurses.org or 405-840-3476.

ONA Nurse Planners must work in tandem with the ONA Primary Nurse Planner, Patti Muller-Smith throughout the planning process. If you are interested in Joint Providing an activity with ONA, please contact Patti Muller-Smith, MULLSMI@aol.com, for specifics and access to the most current forms.  

Oklahoma Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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