Nursing Education

Wherever you are in your nursing career path – whether you're just starting out or are seeking to enhance your current practice – numerous resources exist to help you find your way.

Read the white paper Nursing Education in Washington State (PDF).

Continuing Education

Online Courses from WSNA
Online Courses from ANA (External link)

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Choosing Continuing Education That's Right for You (PDF)

The Washington State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing
nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


The acronym, CEARP, (pronounced "SURP"), stands for Continuing Education Approval and Recognition Program, and is a review process that WSNA uses to assure carefully-planned educational activities using ANCC criteria for nurses.

Interested in Getting WSNA Approval for Your Continuing Nursing Education Activity?

CEARP Committee Recruiting Interested RNs

Functions of the Committee are to review and approve continuing nursing education activities, covering a range of topics, for approval of contact hours from a variety of applicants including hospitals, community colleges, universities and commercial entities.

Criteria for appointment include: masters degree in nursing, previous experience in successfully planning continuing nursing education offerings (i.e., writing behavioral objectives, developing evaluations, designing content) for adult learners; member of WSNA; time to review about two applications a month; able to attend two Continuing Education Approval & Recognition Program Committee meetings, and participate in two 1.5-hour teleconferences each year. Volunteer yourself and a friend. This experience provides a valuable needed service to nurses in Washington State. Your careful evaluation of applications will help assure that educational activities meet the standards set by ANCC for continuing nursing education.

Approved CEARP applicants are encouraged to apply given your expertise in completing our applications.

Contact Hilke Faber at 206-575-7979, ext. 3005 to learn more, or send email to

Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional organization representing more than 16,000 registered nurses in Washington State. WSNA effectively advocates for the improvement of health standards and availability of quality health care for all people; promotes high standards for the nursing profession; and advances the professional and economic development of nurses.

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The Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Provider Program (OH-231, 9-1-2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.