A priority of the Ohio Nurses Association’s Continuing Education department is to provide resources to Provider Units to keep them up-to-date on information critical to maintaining their status as an Approved Provider Unit.
The below files include samples of disclosures that might need to be made prior to a CE event, commercial support agreement, joint provider agreement, terms and conditions for speakers/authors, and an Excel spreadsheet to track your provider unit statistics, as well as a “Crosswalk” to help the provider unit understand the basic differences between the 2012 Provider Manual and forms and the 2015 Provider Manual and forms.
Also, below are several tools that an Approved Provider Unit might find helpful in monitoring the progress of a new Nurse Planner or periodically check on the adherence to the criteria and rules by different Nurse Planners in the provider unit. These tools are not designed to indicate approval of an activity. They are merely to help you to determine if the Nurse Planner is indeed adhering to all ANCC criteria and OBN rules.
Samples, Resources & Tools
Information on Educational Grants
Periodically provider units seek unrestricted educational grants from commercial entities for their CE activities. These entities are familiar with ACCME criteria (physician CE process) and not with the ANCC CE criteria. When they ask who your “accreditor” is for your nursing CE event, please list your provider unit and the contact person or administrator of your provider unit.
If you list ONA, then send ONA information requiring the CE Director’s signature, tax ID information, etc., in order to get the money for your activity. Since ONA is not involved in seeking the grant, ONA should not be listed.