Our Commitment to You

lisa.dr.004We recognize that you are a life-long learner who has chosen to engage in professional continuing education to identify or fill a gap in your knowledge, skill, or performance. As part of our promise to you as a learner, we pledge to provide

Content that:

  • promotes improvements or quality in healthcare
  • is valid; reliable; and accurate; based on research, evidence, clinical practice guidelines and standards
  • offers balanced presentations that are free of commercial bias for or against a particular product or service
  • is vetted through a process that resolves any conflicts of interests of planners, teachers, or authors
  • is driven and based on identified needs
  • addresses the stated objectives
  • is evaluated for its effectiveness

A learning environment that:

  • supports learners’ ability to meet their personal, individual needs
  • respects learners’ diversity
  • is free of promotional, commercial, and/or sales activities

Disclosure of:

  • relevant financial relationships planners, teachers, and authors have
  • commercial support (funding or in-kind resources) of an activity

We further pledge to comply with the ANCC and ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.



Can I Use Credits For….

1-16355147We often get questions about whether contact hours offered by Nurse’s Notebook, LLC can be used for license renewal, to meet continuing education requirements for specialty certification, to meet state requirements, or to meet the standards for a clinical ladder.

Our activities awarding contact hours are approved by the Connecticut Nurses Association, which is part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  This approval is nationally recognized and meets the highest standards for nursing continuing education. Certain states have state-approved providers of education; if you live in one of these, you’ll need to check with your state board of nursing regarding the acceptability of ANCC approval.

If you need continuing education credit for specialty certification renewal, check with your certifying board. Some boards require a certain percentage of credits to be approved by the professional organization associated with the certifying board, while others have requirements for topic areas.

While we would like to be able to give a simple answer, it really comes down to being familiar with the requirements of your particular license and credentials.

What is Professional Continuing Ed?

educate dictionaryContinuing education is different from in-service training or coursework for a degree because it builds on the primary education and experience of the professional registered nurse.  A continuing education activity is designed to enhance practice, education, administration, research, or theory development.

In-service education, on the other hand, includes activities that teach content required to meet the responsibilities to the employer or information that is so basic that it would have been part of an initial school curriculum. Employer-specific topics include learning an electronic medical record system, or product-specific training on how to use a new monitor or infusion pump.  Basic knowledge, for example, would be renewing a CPR verification.

The most critical aspect of any professional education is to maintain the focus on the patient.  It is the professional’s responsibility to maintain competence through a commitment to lifelong learning, professional and personal growth.


Rate Medical Knowledge Doubles

surpriseNot only is continuing education an important aspect of professional practice, but it is also essential for safety. According to an article discussing the challenges facing medical education,

  • In 1950 it took 50 years to double medical knowledge
  • In 1980, it took 7 years
  • In 2010, it took 3.5 years
  • In 2020 the projection is that it will take 73 days

Half of what a 20-year-old knows today will be obsolete in ten years according to the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

Now more than ever, knowing where to find information is far more important than memorizing these rapidly-changing facts.

Do you remember when…

  • Average length of stay after open heart surgery was 14 days?
  • Bicarb was standard during resuscitation for cardiac arrest?
  • Antibiotics were delayed until the sputum for culture was collected?
  • HIV infection was a death sentence?
  • Pluto was a planet? :-)

Add what you remember in the comments section.

Contact Hours or CEU

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Contact Hours

A contact hour is 50 to 60 minutes of engagement in the learning activity, depending on the organization approving the activity for credit.  The total minutes of educational activity is divided by 50 or 60 to determine the number of contact hours.


One CEU equals 10 hours of engagement. The CEU was developed in 1970 by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) . However, the term is not protected, so anyone can use the term regardless of whether an activity meets these requirements. Look for a statement that the activity has been approved by an independent organization; then, you’ll know the CEU is used appropriately.