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.
WSNA has been accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by
ANCC, the American Nurses Association credentialing arm, since 1976.
The application is reviewed by a volunteer nurse reviewer to assure that all ANCC
criteria are addressed. Information during the review process is exchanged
between the applicant and the reviewer by email, telephone or fax. All requested
revisions must be received by the designated deadline. Applicants can refer
to the same criteria check-off sheet used by the reviewer. It is encouraged
that applicants check that list prior to submitting the application.
Upon completion of the review, the application will be approved, given a conditional
approval status or not approved. Denials can be appealed.
Retroactive approval is not permitted.
To allow sufficient time for a quality review of the application and to receive
any additional material needed to comply with the criteria, the WSNA CEARP Committee
has set a time period of 45 days for the review and approval
of all Faculty Directed and Independent Study applications. A
90-day time period is allowed for Provider Unit applications.
The WSNA staff and CEARP Committee wants each application
to be approved and are willing to provide assistance as needed.
'Highlights' is WSNA's CEARP newsletter.
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activities
A Faculty Directed Activity which involves participant attendance,
such as seminars, workshops, lecture series, journal clubs, conventions or other
educational events. Specific application requirements can be found in the Faculty
Directed section on this website.
An Independent Study Activity which is designed
for completion by learners, independently, at the learners' own pace and at a time
of the learners' choice. The content is designed and tested through a pilot study
or other method to determine the amount of credit to be awarded. Examples of independent
study include: viewing webinars, listening to audio tapes, reading selected article(s)
and completing pre and/or post tests, accessing computer on-line activities. Specific
application requirements can be found in the Independent Study section on this website.
An approved Provider Unit is recognized for its capacity to award
contact hours for its faculty directed or independent study CNE activities it plans
to implement and evaluate. Provider Units must have offered a minimum of three CNE
activities that have been approved by the WSNA CEARP or other ANCC accredited approver
at least six months prior to applying for Provider Unit status. Provider Units include
hospitals, community colleges, universities, health departments or other CNE providers.
Specific application requirements and required Provider Unit activity forms can
be found in our Provider Unit section on this website.