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Maryland Nurses Association Continuing Education Provider Committee

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) Continuing Education Provider Committee (CEPC) is the ANCC-accredited provider unit for continuing nursing education (CNE) within MNA and its Districts.

Consistent with the philosophy of MNA, CEPC recognizes healthcare for all as a fundamental right. Professional nurses play a major role in the provision of healthcare, therefore, they should systematically build upon their basic education through CNE that is vital to the provision of quality healthcare.

CNE efforts of CEPC reflect the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development. CEPC believes that CNE enriches professional expertise, providing increased depth and breadth to practice, education, administration, research, and theory development in nursing. Each nurse is responsible and accountable for continuous personal development and improvement. CEPC further believes that employers, educational institutions, and MNA share in assisting the nurse to meet this responsibility and should work collaboratively to do so.

The purpose of CEPC is to advance the profession of nursing through activities dealing with CNE and enlargement of the knowledge base for nursing practice.

Each MNA District that provides CNE is represented on CEPC by a Designated Nurse Planner (DNP) who is responsible for ensuring that American Nurses Credentialing Center Accreditation (ANCC) criteria for providers are met throughout the CNE process--in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation phase of each CNE activity offered by the District. Each DNP is a registered nurse with a graduate degree and either an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing. The DNP actively participates in the development, delivery, and documentation of the activity and completes and submits the “CEPC CNE Activity Documentation Packet” for each activity. The CEPC Chair functions as the Lead Nurse Planner (LNP) in providing administrative oversight of and orientation and training for the DNPs. The LNP is a registered nurse with a graduate degree and an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing plus education and experience in CNE.

Committee Meetings and Resources:
CEPC members meet periodically by conference call and/or in person. The “CEPC Policy and Procedure Manual” provides guidelines for implementation of accreditation criteria during the CNE process. The standardized CEPC CNE Activity Documentation Packet completed by the DNPs is utilized in development, delivery, and documentation of each activity.

For additional information, please contact Susan Prentice at 410-944-5800 extension 10 or via email