Our beliefs about continuing nursing education are guided by the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Nursing Development and the ANA Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice:
- Lifelong learning is the responsibility of the nurse. It is essential to maintain and increase nursing practice competence. The nurse seeks experiences and formal and independent learning activities to maintain and develop clinical and professional knowledge and skills. The nurse acquires knowledge and skills appropriate to the specialty area, practice setting, role or situation.
- Continuing professional nursing competence is an expectation of the public and is essential for the provision of safe, effective and appropriate health care to all members of society.
- Assurance of continuing professional nursing competence must be shaped and guided by the nursing profession and principles of ethics.
- Continuing professional nursing competence must be evidence based, is definable, measurable and can be evaluated.
- Optimal learning occurs when nurses select educational modalities that meet their individualized needs.
- Effective professional development is based on adult teaching/learning principles.
- Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes achievement of national standards for continuing nursing education activities.
- Ongoing peer review of continuing nursing education activities enhances program development and maximizes quality educational opportunities.