Continuing Education Council

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Starts: 08-28-2021
Location: 3760 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026 volunteer opportunity location


The Continuing Education Council (CEC) is composed of members who meet the most current accreditation criteria for Nurse Peer Reviewers per ANCC.

Appointments are made in odd-numbered years. Applications are being accepted until October 31, 2021. The next CEC term will begin in January of 2022 and is for two years. Appointed members will be notified mid-December 2021.  

Functions - CEC shall study and evaluate matters relating to continuing nursing and/or inter-professional education by: 

  1. Supporting the approval process for continuing individual continuing education activities and providers of continuing education;
  2. Assessing proposed plans for continuing education programs in the state and recommending appropriate action;
  3. Providing input in the proposed law, rule, and criteria changes related to continuing education; and
  4. Performing or initiating other duties related to continuing education with the approval of the Board.

Criteria to be considered for appointment to the Continuing Education Council (CEC): 

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing with an unencumbered license.
  • At least five years’ experience in nursing.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the ANCC criteria. (This may be obtained in various ways such as working in a nursing professional development or continuing education department or being an applicant or planner of continuing education, etc.) Note: Preference is given to those members who are involved in ONA approved activities or provider units.
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for the work of the council as defined under duties below.
  • Knowledge of the education design process.
  • Member of ONA or recognized state nurses association.
  • Licensed as an RN in the state of residence.

Duties: It is expected that each member will: 

  • Review individual activities and provider applications in an objective, professional manner using the criteria of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation and the rules of the Ohio Board of Nursing. This review should also consider the different ways criteria and rules can be implemented in different settings and take into consideration the Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice.
  • Complete the work of the council in a timely manner including submitting reviews and work for the committee meetings if unable to attend.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding applications, applicants and actions taken by the council.
  • Attend the council meetings.
  • Mentor new council members.

Time Commitment 

  • This Council meets up to five times per year either in person, or by conference call. 
  • Members of this council are responsible for the processing of reviews of provider/individual activity applications. Time will vary throughout the year with regards to these reviews.
  • The members of the CEC will be required encourage to various CE events throughout the year including the Provider Update and Nursing Professional Development Conference and maintain knowledge of ANCC criteria. 


  • Council members are reimbursed for travel expenses for in-person meetings using the federal mileage charitable rate.
  • Council members are provided continuing nursing education for free to maintain their knowledge of ANCC criteria. 

About Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) at ONA 

The Ohio Nurses Association provides CNE activities for nurses throughout the country and approves continuing education activities for nurses and others. The CE Department includes an award-winning ANCC Accredited Approver Unit which approves other organizations to offer CNE, and an ANCC Accredited Provider Unit through which ONA provides CNE to its members and nurses throughout the country. 

 Approver Unit 

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) 

We can help districts and local units that wish to provide CNE to their members in the following ways: 

  • Provide approval of the programs you develop as well as consultation to help ensure your programs are successful. No fees are charged to districts or local units who seek approval of their activities through ONA. To learn more about the approval process please visit the ONA website at
  • Help you find speakers for the programs you wish to develop

Provider Unit 

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) 

ONA offers CE through publications, live events, webinars and online at Most of our activities are free to members. We do charge for some courses and live conference events.   

We are always interested in tapping into the expertise of our members and invite you to let us know if there is a topic you’d be interested in writing about or presenting at a live event or webinar. 


Nurse Educator
Nursing Professional Development

Volunteers Needed:

15 (15 open slots)

Experience Required:

4 - 6 Years Industry Experience




Sandy Swearingen