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Since 1978, NJSNA has been accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education for nurses by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) is dedicated to the proliferation of high quality continuing nursing education and professional development.


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation is committed to nursing excellence and high-quality in continuing nursing education and is responsible for establishing standards for continuing education for the nursing profession.


The NJSNA Accredited Approver Unit consists of a Committee on Continuing Education (CCE) and three Regional Review Teams. The CCE is made up of highly qualified nurses involved in nursing practice, education, or research. The CCE governs the NJSNA Approver Unit, formulates policy, supports implementation and promotes excellence in approved continuing education available to Registered Nurses in New Jersey. The Regional Review Team members are nurses with expertise in practice, education and professional development who review each application. Each team consists of volunteer members and meetings rotate so one team meets each month.


ANCC defines continuing nursing education (CNE) as "those 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 the RNs’ pursuit of their professional career goals” (2013 ANCC Primary Accreditation Application Manual for Providers and Approvers).


Eligibility of Activity for Awarding of Contact Hours


In order for an activity to be eligible for CHs (Contact Hours), the activity must meet the eligibility requirements:

  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Present content beyond basic knowledge
  • Present generalized content, not dependent on employer
  • Enhance professional development or performance of the nurse
  • Be free of bias
  • Be based on evidence based practice or the best available evidence

Types of Applications


Individual Educational Activity

Refers to a single educational activity that, is a planned and organized effort aimed at accomplishing educational objectives. Approval for an individual activity is two years from the date approved.


Approved Provider Application

Refers to an individual, institution, organization, or agency responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, financing, record keeping, and quality of continuing nursing education. Applicants for approved provider status are required to have an established and implemented conceptual framework for delineating how the approved provider operates. A provider unit is approved for three years from the date of approval.


Approved Providers provide continuing nursing education activities and cannot approve another organization’s continuing nursing education activities. References to an application or peer review process with intent to approve educational activities are not appropriate for approved provider units.

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