The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education (CNE) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).
ANNA is also an approved provider of CNE in California.
ANNA's accredited approver unit, known as the Continuing Education Approval Board (CEAB), is a standing committee of the Association. It consists of a chairperson, chairperson designate, and 10 peer reviewers, each of whom is required to have a minimum of a BSN to serve. The Board represents the providers who are eligible to submit applications for CNE approval. CEAB is responsible for implementing the policies, procedures, and criteria of the accrediting body, ANCC-COA.
To assist our eligible providers in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating CNE activities for nephrology nurses, CEAB has designed this ninth edition of the CEAB Guidelines for Continuing Education Approval, A Manual for Providers [large PDF file, 1MB; updated 2/13]. The Guidelines reflect criteria found in the 2013 American Nurses Credentialing Center Primary Accreditation as an Approver for Continuing Education in Nursing. A review of the Guidelines is conducted annually and a new edition is published at least every 3 years. Editorial changes are based on suggestions from providers who have utilized the process, ideas gleaned from the review process, and other quality improvement processes.
ANCC mandates that specific criteria must be met before the CEAB is able to grant CNE approval for your activity. Correct and complete application forms and copies of all promotional proofs/materials satisfy the criteria requirements. You are encouraged to use this booklet from the onset of planning your CNE activity through the post activity evaluation process.
Email applications are preferred; handwritten applications will not be accepted.
CEAB urges all CNE providers to be aware of the CNE and/or certification requirements established by their state boards of nursing.
Changes to the Application Submission Timeline (effective July 1, 2014)
Due to the extensive review/correction process, it is very important to submit your application for review at least 45 calendar days prior to the event date to be considered an “on time” application. Any requests received 30-44 calendar days prior to the event date will be subject to a late fee (3x the original fee). Applications received 29 or fewer calendar days before the activity start date will not be accepted.
All submitted applications must meet two requirements:
- They must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event.
- The application must be complete upon submission.
Applications that are not complete when submitted will not be accepted for review until they are complete. Incomplete applications that still have outstanding requirements after Day 30, will not be considered for review.
- CEAB Guidelines for Continuing Education Approval, A Manual for Providers (9th Edition ~ updated 2/13) [PDF]
- CNE Application Forms/Documents
- Activity Approver Fee Schedule
9th Edition of Guidelines for Continuing Education Approval Released
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) created new accreditation criteria that take effect in 2013. ANNA’s Continuing Education Approval Board (CEAB) has reviewed the current Guidelines for Continuing Education Approval and developed some clarification of areas, adding language to forms, creating additional policies, and adding some new information to forms. At the same time, CEAB also updated its information to reflect current needs and practices. Thank you to the current committee members for their time and efforts to improve the current Guidelines for member use.
New to this edition of Guidelines are:
- Links to policies and details related to a specific topic
- A list of “verbs that are NOT measureable"
- Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
- Needs assessment and gap analysis
- Materials used to determine best evidence-based presentation
Meeting the requirements of ANCC can be a rigorous process. As always, CEAB is here to provide assistance in developing and implementing your programs for members.