CNE Glossary

The following glossary of terms is adapted from the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Application Manual for Providers.

Accredited provider
An eligible organization credentialed by ANCC after having submitted to an in-depth analysis to determine its capacity to provide quality continuing education over an extended period of time.
Adult learning principles
“The basis for or the beliefs underlying the teaching and learning approaches to adults as learners based on recognition of the adult individual’s autonomy and self-direction, life experiences, readiness to learn, and problem orientation to learning. Approaches include mutual, respectful collaboration of educators and learners in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities.” (Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice, ANA, 2010).
Tendency or inclination to cause partiality, favoritism, or influence.
Commercial interest
Any entity either producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients or an entity that is owned or controlled by an entity that produces, markets, resells, or distributes healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Or an entity that advocates for use of the products or services of commercial interest organizations. Exceptions are made for nonprofit or government organizations and non-health care-related companies.
Commercial support
Financial or in-kind contributions given by a commercial interest that are used to pay for all or part of the costs of a CNE activity. Providers of commercial support may not be providers or joint providers of an educational activity.
Conflict of interest
An affiliation or relationship of a financial nature with a commercial interest organization that might affect a person’s ability to objectively participate in the planning, implementation, or review of a learning activity. All planners, reviewers, and faculty/presenters/authors are required to complete a Conflict of Interest form.
Contact hour
A unit of measurement that describes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. One contact hour = 60 minutes.
Subject matter of an educational activity that is based on available evidence and reflects desired learning outcomes.
Content expert
An individual with documented qualifications demonstrating education and/or experience in a particular subject matter.
Continuing education unit (CEU)
The ANCC Accreditation Program does not utilize this term when referring to the CNE unit of measurement. The CEU is an educational measurement utilizing criteria of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Continuing nursing education (CNE) activities
Those learning activities intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development, to the end of improving the health of the public and RNs’ pursuit of their professional career goals.
Enduring materials
Non-live CNE activity that last over time. Examples of enduring materials include programmed texts, audiotapes, videotapes, monographs, computer-assisted learning materials, or other electronic media that are used alone or with printed or written materials. Enduring materials can also be delivered via the Internet. The learning experience by the nurse can take place at any time and in any place rather than only at one time or in one place.
In-kind support
Nonmonetary support (e.g., marketing assistance, meeting room, event registration assistance) provided by the giver to the taker. (In the accreditation community, the “taker” is the provider of CNE.)
Interprofessional continuing education
Education that occurs when members of two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
Joint providership
Planning, developing, and implementing an educational activity by two or more organizations or agencies.
Jointly provided activities
Educational activities planned, developed, and implemented by two or more organizations or agencies.
Learner-directed, learner-paced activity
An educational activity in which the learner takes the initiative in identifying his or her learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes. The learner also determines the pace at which he or she engages in the learning activity. Learner-directed activities may be developed with or without the help of others, but they are engaged in by only one individual.
Marketing materials
Method of announcing an educational activity. This may include a brochure, flyer, bulletin board announcement, newsletter, memo, e-mail, intranet posting, electronic message, or website.
Needs assessment
The process by which a discrepancy between what is desired and what exists is identified
The impact of structure and process on the organization as a provider and the value/benefit to nursing professional development.
Outcome measurement
The process of observing, describing, and quantifying predefined indicatorsof performance after an intervention designed to impact the indicator.
Planning committee
At least two individuals responsible for planning each educational activity; one individual must be a NCEC Nurse Planner and one additional nurse must have appropriate subject matter expertise (content expert).
Provider-directed, learner-paced
An educational activity in which the provider controls the content of the learning activity, including the learning outcomes based on needs assessment, and chooses the content of the learning activity, the method by which it is presented, and the evaluation methods. The learner determines the pace at which they engage in the activity (examples include print article, self-learning module/independent study).
Provider-directed, provider-paced
An educational activity in which the provider controls all aspects of the learning activity. The provider determines the learning objectives based on a needs assessment, the content of the learning activity, the method by which it is presented, and evaluation methods (examples include live activities, live webinars).
Relevant relationship
A relationship with a commercial interest is considered relevant if the products or services of the commercial interest are related to the content of the educational activity. The individual’s spouse/partner’s financial relationship with any commercial interest is also considered a relevant relationship.
An organization providing financial or in-kind contributions that does not meet the definition of a commercial interest.
Financial or in-kind contribution from an organization that does not fit the category of a commercial interest.
Target audience
The specific registered nurse learners or health care team members the educational activity is intended to impact.
Teaching strategies
Instructional methods and techniques that are in accord with principles of adult learning.