Continuing Education FAQ

QuestionWhat is the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) agency provider number?

Answer: NAPNAP's agency provider number is A10.

Question: As the presenter at a NAPNAP approved program, can I receive contact hours?

Answer: Yes, each NAPNAP presenter who is a licensed nurse and who is presenting a NAPNAP approved continuing education course (as either the lecturer of the offering or as author of the course materials) may receive credit for the portion of the offering that she/he presented or authored to the total hours awarded for the offering. Please note the NAPNAP continuing education credit may be awarded to a lecturer or author for the initial presentation of each program only; repeat presentations of the same continuing education course shall not be granted credit.

Question: Now that Florida is using an online system for tracking continuing education (CE Broker), are NAPNAP contact hours still recognized by the Florida State Board of Nursing?

Answer: According to Paula DiBenedetto, PhD, MSN, RN, Nursing Education Consultant, Florida Board of Nursing, the Florida State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations reads (64B9-5.004 Procedure for Approval of Attendance at Continuing Education Courses) "All licensees may be awarded contact hours for attendance at offerings that are approved by a state or national organizations empowered to accredit nursing continuing education. Contact hours may be awarded for offerings that are approved by a state or national organization. Florida nurses would keep the certificate, and if audited would send a copy of the certificate to prove the CE. CE Broker will just keep track of Florida providers. Licensees that attend conferences outside the state, attend school and count that for credit will have two options with CE Broker: 1) Subscribe and be able to manually input CEs other than those provided by Florida providers; or 2) not subscribe, keep the certificate/transcripts and be prepared if they are picked for an audit at the end of their renewal cycle. CE Broker is designed to let FL know at the end of a renewal cycle which nurses show less than 25 hours. They can then audit a percentage of those nurses."   

Question: Does NAPNAP award continuing medical education (CME) credits and American Medical Association (AMA) credits?

Answer: No, NAPNAP does not accredit programs for CME or AMA.

Question: I had just heard that ANCC only accepts ANCC CEU's. Does this mean that my NAPNAP contact hours cannot be used for my ANCC recertification?

Answer: If you are certified by ANCC, at least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet the criteria if provided by one of these accepted agencies: American Nurses Association, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American College of Nurse midwives (ACNm), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP). (Access this information on ANCC's web site, list of other criteria is on page 5 of the document)

Question: Does NAPNAP have a required statement for use in promotional materials for CE programs that have pending approval?

Answer:  NAPNAP suggests you use the following statement: "This program is pending approval by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for ____  NAPNAP contact hours, of which ____ are pharmacology content." However, keep in mind that not all programs are approved.  

Question: Can I use NAPNAP contact hours to renew my Advanced Practice Specialty Certification with the Michigan Board of Nursing?

Answer:  The Michigan Public Health Code and board administrative rules require that within the 2-year period immediately preceding the renewal application a nurse practitioner must have obtained national recertification or maintained national certification through their certification board. NAPNAP contact hours are recognized by ANCC. NAPNAP contact hours are also accepted by PNCB.

Question: A drug representative that has previously provided give-aways at our CE dinner meetings has told me that he is no longer able to do this because of new industry guidelines. What are these guidelines and how do they impact our chapter CE activities?

Answer:  The voluntary PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, which took effect in January 2009, reaffirms that interactions between company representatives and healthcare professionals “should be focused on informing the healthcare professionals about products, providing scientific and educational information, and supporting medical research and education.” Most pharmaceutical companies are responding to the revised Code and making changes to their policies. 

Question: What are the Canadian requirements for continuing nursing education?

Answer: Currently, none of the regulatory bodies in Canada have specific continuing education requirements for practicing registered nurses. The regulatory bodies do not assess continuing education programs to assign C.E.U.s (continuing education units). Nurses in Canada do keep records of participation in continuing education for purposes of maintaining specialty certification and in British Columbia and Ontario for continuing competence programs. In most provinces and territories, nurses who have not practiced for a specified number of hours within a specified time limit must take a refresher course before being given permission to return to work in nursing.