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Continuing Nursing Education Requirements

 

Many nurses look for approved SCNA/ANCC contact hours when making educational activity decisions. Because SCNA is ANCC/COA accredited, its approval is recognized by all other state nurses associations and most state boards of nursing. Nurses licensed in other states are advised to check on that state’s specific requirements regarding reciprocity.

Nurses in South Carolina may demonstrate Continuing Competence through continuing nursing education.  For Competency Options see the South Carolina Board of Nursing Competency Requirements.


Individual Educational Activity click here

Approved Provider Status click here


The South Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an APPROVER of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


The APPROVER process is available to groups outside of SCNA for their Continuing Nursing Education Activities.   There are two options available for approved Continuing Nursing Education:  1. Individual Educational Activity uses the 2015 Manual for Approved Providers and Individual Activity Applicants and  2. Approved Provider Status uses the 2015 Manual for Approved Providers and Individual Activity Applicants.   If you are an SCNA Approver Provider do not use the Individual Educational Activity Forms for providing reports. 


1. Individual Educational Activity

Approval of an educational activity ensures participants that the activity/program meets professional standards for continuing nursing education.

Prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating a learning activity or if you are deciding whether to pursue Approved Provider status, you can contact the SCNA Continuing Education Approver Committee (CEAC) to help you.  Complete the application, make the review fee payment, and then satisfy any criteria the reviewers cite during the review process. Your activity will be approved for two years and can be delivered as often as you like to as many learners as possible as long as the program content and faculty do not change.

 

Individual Educational Activity Application Material


STEPS NEEDED TO BE FOLLOWED FOR SUBMISSION.

Review the 2015 Manual for Approved Providers and Individual Activity Applicants.  It is recommended that you download this document as a resource.  

Starting February 2015 all applications will need to be submitted through SCNA’s online application process.

Go to https://scna.fluidreview.com  Follow the directions to establish an account.  You will want to pick “Individual Activity Application” or "Independent Study Application" from the Category drop down menu.  

Pay the applicable SCNA CEAC Review fee by going to the SCNA On-line Store.  If your organization can only pay by check please indicate “Bill Me” during the payment process.  

Submit your on-line application no later than specified: 

 

Submission Date

Date of program date or expiration date

Applications due by Feb. 8, 2017

For Programs April 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by May 10, 2017

For Programs July 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by August 9, 2017

For Programs October 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by November 8, 2017

For Programs January 1, 2018 or later

 

 

 

 

 

Template documents for all application supporting documents can be found on the resource section on the SCNA Fluid Review website. 

 

Additional information for your use Information from ANCC--Must Read



2. Approved Provider Status

If you are planning many educational activities during the next three years then consider the Approved Provider process. Once you are approved to function as an Approved Provider, you can deliver as many activities as you like to as many learners as possible for the three year approval period.
NOTE: If you are new to the process, applicants are required to apply for approval of three individual learning activities prior to application for Approved Provider Status (see Individual Educational Activity above).

 

Feel free to take a look at the Approved Provider application before you embark upon this process.

 

Please note that the review fee for renewal is $1200.00 for a 3 year period with an additional $100.00 annual fee.  New Provider Applicants review fee is $1500.00 for a 3 year period with an additional $100.00 annual fee.

 

 

STEPS NEEDED TO BE FOLLOWED FOR SUBMISSION.

Review the 2015 Manual for Approved Providers and Individual Activity Applicants.  It is recommended that you download this document as a resource.  

Starting February 2015 all applications will need to be submitted through SCNA’s online application process.

Go to https://scna.fluidreview.com  Follow the directions to establish an account.  You will want to pick “Three Year Provider Application” from the Category drop down menu.  

Submit your Intent to Apply through the https://scna.fluidreview.com This needs to be done at least two months in advance of your expiration date.  

Pay the applicable SCNA CEAC Review fee by going to the SCNA On-line Store.  If your organization can only pay by check please indicate “Bill Me” during the payment process.  

Submit your on-line application no later than specified on the following: 

Submission Date

Date of program date or expiration date

Applications due by Feb. 8, 2017

For Programs April 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by May 10, 2017

For Programs July 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by August 9, 2017

For Programs October 1, 2017 or later

Applications due by November 8, 2017

For Programs January 1, 2018 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

Template documents for all application supporting documents can be found on the resource section on the SCNA Fluid Review website. 

 

Additional information for your use Information from ANCC--Must Read


Supplemental Documents to help in preparation of applications:

Sample Evaluation Form you may use any form that you choose if it contains all of the elements found in the sample form provided. 
Sample Individual Activity Certificate the information on this sample certificate is exactly what needs to be on every certificate issued to a participant in your CNE programs. 
Sample Provider Certificate the information on this sample certificate is exactly what needs to be on every certificate issued to a participant in your CNE programs. 
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SCNA statment about LPNs and Continuing Nursing Education
"Pharm Hours" vs. Contact Hours


The South Carolina Nurses Association is an approved PROVIDER of continuing nursing education by the Vermont State Nurses' Association, Inc., an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the  American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.


The PROVIDER process is available only to SCNA chapters, committees, and commissions.

To see the events that SCNA will be awarding Continuing Nursing Education contact hours click here.  

 

 

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