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    • No, ANCC and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) criteria are two distinct types of criteria and the process to award continuing education credit differ.  
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  • The designated nurse planner will determine the contact hour value based on eligible content. Introductions, breaks, meal times, and ineligible content are excluded from the time-based calculation. Traditionally, this is calculated using the number of minutes of educational time divided by 60 = number of contact hours. 

  • Once a request form is deemed eligible, a nurse planner from the provider unit (Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development [NEPD]) will coordinate the educational design process and documentation requirements to provide contact hours for your activity. 

  • There needs to be a nurse planner from the provider unit (NEPD) and a content expert. There must be at least 2 people on the planning committee.

  • Yes, this is time spent narrowing a practice gap. A VUMC employee or a vendor representative (with exceptions) can facilitate the in-service. You must submit a request form to initiate this process. 

  • Maintenance of attendance rosters is the responsibility of the activity contact—not the nurse planner/provider unit. The provider unit is required to maintain all accreditation-related documentation for 6 years.  

  • Yes. Continuing education is offered in a variety of ‘currencies’ and is vital to the professional development of the healthcare team.  Formal documentation of continuing education is attainable by attending an event with one of the following: Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) attendance. Check with your credentialing or licensing body for specific requirements for maintaining certification or licensure. 

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