WCU named approved provider of nursing continuing education

Western Carolina University has been named a provider of nursing continuing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, giving nurses a new opportunity to take approved professional development courses at a convenient time and place.

In attaining status as an approved provider, WCU administrators performed a self-study that included a review of all functions necessary to deliver nursing continuing education programs that meet the standards of the NCNA.

Western has begun offering courses on hypertension, overactive bladder diagnosis and management, and irritable bowel syndrome in order to demonstrate quality instruction to the NCNA. Several courses already are available in an online format or in a live format, by request. Courses vary in approved contact hours.

More courses are in development and will be available soon, said Susan Fouts, WCU’s director of continuing education.

Nurses may use the continuing education contact hours gained from the courses to meet requirements of continuing competency to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

“WCU will be able to better serve the nursing community and our nursing graduates in their professional capacities by providing approved nursing continuing education,” said Pat Brown, dean of Educational Outreach.

The North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

“The nursing faculty is excited about continuing to serve our graduates and advance practice nurses with professional development as an NCNA approved provider,” said Vincent Hall, head of WCU’s Department of Nursing.

WCU joins Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as university-based approved providers of continuing nurse education in North Carolina.

For more information, contact WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397.