Continuing Education in Nursing

Ruth Perkins Kuehn, RN, PhD
JAMA. 1964;190(6):544-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070190064018.
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PROGRAMS in continuing nursing education, relatively new in evolvement, are usually carried on in a university setting but may be sponsored by nursing organizations in cooperation with health-oriented groups. The programs, individually varying in scope and focus, nevertheless have a foundation in common nursing principles and practices. Planned to meet the needs of specific nursing groups—hospital head nurses or teachers of nursing, for example—the programs communicate to the nursing profession new concepts resulting from research in many fields.

A basic administrative staff is necessary for pre-conference planning and for expediting program needs and evaluating results. Field visits to participating institutions for program appraisal have been found helpful. The staff for the continuing nursing education program is usually assembled from more than one department in the university and often from more than one university. Participants devote full time to the program, exchanging ideas with other nurses who come from a variety


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The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
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