As a nurse anesthetist, you have continuing education requirements that you must meet in order to keep your license up to date. If you are required to earn AANA credits for your license, you may have some questions on how to best go about it. The following can help you better understand the requirements and methods for earning these necessary credits.
Does the credit forward your career?
There is no single AANA credit course to take for continuing education. Instead, you will be able to choose from several approved courses for the requirement. Choose an evidence-based course that meets current practice standards in one of several subjects that meets your professional needs, such as administration, clinical practice, education, or research. Your employer may have a list of preferred courses that are in line with your work responsibilities that they would like you to choose from.
Will the assessment method fit your individual learning needs?
You will want to find a course that allows you to engage in the information so that you can learn as much as possible. While some people prefer in-person courses, the average working nurse anesthetist simply doesn't have enough time in the day for such things. Self-study courses can work for many, but if you desire a more involved option consider an online AANA credit course. You will be able to take advantage of online lectures, written material, and virtual labs and practice. An online course allows you to work on your credits when you have time while still having the benefit of a guided study.
Are there multiple delivery options for course content?
An online AANA credit course can be delivered in a variety of ways, but the best methods will be interactive. When surveying your options, look for a course that provides live or recorded webinars with an option for real-time discussion or study groups. The course should also provide plenty of practice, in the form of online practicums, practice tests, and other provided study materials. Avoid courses that consist of little more than pre-recorded audio or lectures with very little interaction from participants.
How many contact hours is the course worth?
Contact hours are also referred to as CE credits. When choosing your AANA course, verify that it provides enough CE credits to meet the continuing education requirements you are attempting to fill. In some cases, you may need to take more than one course in order to meet your contact hour requirements. You can better schedule your course choice and load if you are aware of the requirements before signing up for a course.
Contact an online AANA credit provider for more information.