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Model for a National System for Continuing Education.

NIOSH 1982 Feb:303-311
The extensive continuing education program developed by the American Nurses' Association was described as a model for the planning of continuing education within the industrial safety profession. The author pointed out the similarities in the nursing and safety professions with regard to maintaining competence in light of the constant increase in new knowledge and technology. She noted that the American Nurse's Association (ANA) supported continuing education as a means to maintain competence and assumed responsibility for assuring quality training while facilitating the interstate transferability of registered nurses. The national system for continuing education in nursing has been in operation since 1976 at which time the criteria and application procedures for accreditation were published and applications were reviewed for the first time. The ANA model for accreditation was decentralized. Agencies and organizations applied for accredited provider status to provide contact hours for continuing education that are recognized by all participants in the national system as well as many other agencies. Certain organizations were granted approval status and could approve the offerings of other sponsors of continuing education within their jurisdiction. The mechanisms for policy and procedure, conflict of interest, financial support, and standards development were reviewed. The increasing use of correspondence courses was also discussed. The author concludes that the national system for continuing education in nursing is assisting nurses in maintaining their competence as well as becoming competent in new skills and roles and that the potential for growth within the system is unlimited. A question and answer session between the author and the audience focused on specific concerns regarding the ANA accreditation process and its application to the safety field.
Industrial-safety-programs; Regulations; Worker-health; Safety-programs; Occupational-health; Industrial-hygienists; Workplace-studies; Human-factors-engineering
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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