5 tips for finding a cme program

In honor of Certified Nurses Day, here are 5 tips for finding a cme program

Certified Nurses DayMarch 19th marked Certified Nurses Day! Has your organization shown their appreciation for their nursing personnel? Nurses everywhere deserve recognition for their continued service during such tumultuous times.

Do you know the history behind Certified Nurses Day? It’s celebrated on March 19th for the birthday of Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN. Dr. Gretta was one of the most influential figures in the field of nursing and was the pioneering advocate for credentialing and standards for nursing and was the pioneering advocate for credentialing and standards for nursing. In fact, she helped create the American Nurses Credentialing (ANCC), and trailblazed nursing regulations through the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Certification and credentialing are a vital aspect of the medical industry and finding the right software program to manage these requirements can be difficult. How do you balance finding a CME program that fits your educational needs as well as your budget and robust teaching needs? Here are five tips to help guide your decision-making process.

1. Consider costs

CME programs provide required credits and credentialing to all parts of the medical industry, including nursing. No matter the size of your organization, the cost of providing this education is often one of the first aspects to consider. When taking cost into account, be sure that whatever platform or program you’re looking at provides everything you need. This will prevent you needing to piece together several programs that will incrementally increase your costs.

2. Does the platform provide accreditation and credentials?

Of course, the most vital aspect of a CME program is whether or not it will satisfy state and board requirements for your learners. Not all programs are created equally, so pursuing due diligence during the selection process is vital. Have a clear understanding of any and all requirements or standards to be maintained. Are there separate standards required for the state board versus a particular medical board entity? Are there any local or industry-based standards to factor in? Be sure you know exactly what is needed to align your needs with a program’s offering.

3. Industry experience

While a program’s industry experience may not immediately strike you as necessary, it can make a world of difference. A program that offers first-hand understanding of what is or could be required will streamline efforts between you and your learners. A program that offers knowledgeable support will prove invaluable when you need it. There are many learning platforms that serve multiple industries, but consider choosing one that specializes in the medical industry.

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4. Flexibility of the program

Does the program offer a flexible approach to achieving your learning goals? Can courses be accessed on mobile devices? How well does it integrate technology? New software and technology trends can optimize not only the organization’s experience in managing continuing education, but it can also have a significant impact on the learners themselves. A flexible and modern program that presents content in a dynamic manner will show higher rates of retention and completion.

5. Reporting and analysis capabilities

Once the learning portion has begun, the reporting and tracking begins. You will want to find a program that can handle generating fast, accurate reports like course attendance, evaluation scores, and credits awarded. Does it offer easy exporting capabilities in multiple formats? Keep these questions in mind to ensure a smooth post-education experience for the administrative side.

You need a program that satisfies continuing education requirements, and one that encourages success for your learners. Attendee Interactive is a robust one-stop-shop for all your continuing medical education needs. Allow admin and users to manage issuance of credits and certificates in one comprehensive platform with Attendee Interactive. With more than 20 years of industry experience, this platform is designed to empower administrators and their reporting needs while integrating technology to enhance the learning experience. Manage your organization’s CME needs with ease and confidence

Be sure to thank your nurses this week and wish them a happy Certified Nurses Day.

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