Mandatory Continuing Nursing Education

MandatoryContinuing Nursing Education

MandatoryContinuing Nursing Education

Slide2: Relationship to professional certification

Continuingnursing education is considered as a basic requirement for thecertification of nurses. In most cases, states are required tofulfill a given number of continuing nursing education within a givenperiod, preferably two years. Continuing nursing education enhancethe level of competence by ensuring that the professionalcertification is based on the level of knowledge, experience, andskills (Cherry &amp Jacob, 2016). The primary object of usingcontinuing nursing education to assess the qualification of nurses isto ensure that the process of certification is objective and based onmerit (Catherine, 2011). Therefore, only competent nurses are giventhe professional certification.

Slide3: Relationship to professional certification (Cont.)

Aftergraduating from colleges, nurses are issued with the license andcertificate of practice by their respective states. However, they arerequired to undertake the continuing nursing education programsbefore their certificates can be renewed. The main benefit associatedwith the application of continuing nursing education as the basis ofcertification is an increase in the capacity of nurses to deliverquality care (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2014). Theunderstanding that nurses will only be certified after undertakingthe continuing nursing education creates the desire to learn.Consequently, linking the process of certification and continuingnursing education validates specialty and facilitates consistency ofknowledge. The fact that a 10 % increase in nurse education resultsin a decline in mortality rate by 4% confirms that a link between theprocess of certification and continuing nursing education contributestowards a rise in the quality of care (Cherry &amp Jacob, 2016).

Slide4: Relationship to professional certification (Cont.)

Althoughthe use of continuing nursing education as the basis of certifyingnurses facilitates a continuous improvement of care, it has severaldrawbacks. For example, a perception that undertaking continuingnursing education is the only way to be certified subjects nurses toexcess pressure (Cherry &amp Jacob, 2016). Nurses who learn betterthrough practice are forced to undergo classroom lectures that do notguarantee the addition of knowledge and skills. Moreover, thetendency to certify nurses on the basis of the continuing nursingeducation diverts their attention from the use of individualcapability to deliver services the possession of academic papers andknowledge as determinants of career development.


AmericanNurses Credentialing Center (2014). Theimportance of evaluating the impact of continuing.Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Catherine,L. (2011). Continuing education: A personal responsibility. Advancesin Neonatal Care,11 (4), 227-228.

Cherry,B., &amp Jacob, S. R. (2016). Contemporarynursing: Issues, trends, and management (7th ed.).St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.