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  • 1. Overview of Approval Criteria
    Approval Process
  • 2. Qualified Planners
    Each educational activity is planned collaboratively by at least one designated Nurse Planner and one other planner
    Nurse planner must have at least a BSN
    At least one member declares expertise using ANCC criteria
    Must have representation in these areas:
    Relevant content expertise; target audience; adherence to ANCC criteria
  • 3. Presenter(s)
    Expertise in subject matter based on education, professional achievements and credentials, work experience, honors, awards, professional publications
    Expertise drives who may present
    Cannot be employed by a commercial interest as a sales representative (con’t)
  • 4. An entity HAS a commercial interest if it:
    Produces, markets, sells or distributes health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients
    Is owned or operated, in whole or in part, by any entity that produces, markets, sells or
    distributes health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients.
  • 5. An entity is NOT a commercial interest if it is:
    a. A government entity;
    b. A non-profit (503(c)) organization; or
    c. A non-healthcare related entity.
  • 6. Contact Hours
    One contact hour = 60 minutes
    Activities are approved to award contact hours for 2 years
    Least amount that can be awarded: 0.5 contact hours
    Contact hours may not be awarded retrospectively
    If rounding occurs, must round down
  • 7. Accreditation Statement
    Must appear on all documents related to approved activity
    Must stand alone
  • 8. Accreditation Statement
    Prior to approval:
    This activity has been submitted to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to award contact hours. AORN is accredited as an approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 9. Accreditation Statement
    After approval:
    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 10. Accreditation Statement
    AORN’s waiver in a separate paragraph below the ANCC accreditation statement:
    Activities that are approved by AORN are recognized as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the ANCC commission on Accreditation approves or endorses any product included in the presentation.
  • 11. Effective Design Principles
    Description of how the activity will enrich the nurse’s contributions to quality health care, or
    Description of what the outcome of the activity will be.
    Preferably one or two sentences
    Not a restatement of objectives
    Purpose/Goal Statement
  • 12. Effective Design PrinciplesObjectives
    Begins with a behavioral verb (see list under resources)
    Example: Describe the symptoms a person who requires a total hip replacement may exhibit.
  • 13. Effective Design Principles
    Written in a topic outline
    Should not be a restatement of objective
    Adequate to justify allotted timeframe
    Collaborative process between planners and presenter(s)
  • 14. Effective Design PrinciplesIndependent Study
    • Description must contain:
    • 15. How the effectiveness of the independent study was evaluated
    • 16. The results of the evaluation
    • 17. The changes made based on the evaluation
    • 18. Standard evaluation includes category of evaluation.
  • Effective Design PrinciplesIndependent Study
    • Method for calculating the contact hours is described
    • 19. Supportive documentation on the rationale used to determine the number of contact hours to be awarded is identified
    • 20. Program materials are provided for review
  • Conflict of Interest
    Significant financial interest in a product relevant to activity
    An employee of a company with a real or perceived financial interest in activity
    Planners and presenters must disclose the presence or absence of COI for each activity.
  • 21. Commercial Support
    • Definition: financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a continuing nursing education activity.
    • 22. Not considered commercial companies:
    Providers of clinical service directly to patients
    Software companies
    Education companies
    Non-profit organizations
  • 23. Commercial Support
    Education must be kept separate from promotional activities
    Commercially-supplied funds for an educational activity such as grants or in-kind assistance should be acknowledged in brochures or other printed material.
    Applications with commercial support must be submitted with a signed Written Agreement of Commercial Support
  • 24. Commercial Support
    NOTE: A presenter is ineligible for approval if he or she is employed by a commercial interest as defined in the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support. A presenter employed by a commercial interest may present on topics unrelated to the commercial interest, such as leadership or mentoring.
  • 25. Disclosures
    Notice of requirements for successful completion
    Conflicts of Interest
    Sponsorship/Commercial Support
    Non-endorsement of products
    Off-label use
  • 26. Criteria Checklist
    Use the Criteria Checklist to help you review