Transformative Online Learning Experiences for Holistic Nurses

CNE Author Start-Up Kit

The purpose of this Start-Up Kit is to give you an overview of the information you need to:

  1. Determine if you are ready to author a change-making CE course for nurses. 
  2. Determine if you would like to offer your CNE course through the New Directions for Nurses platform.
  3. Schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone call with Sharon Burch, MSN, APRN, the Nurse Planner for Awakening to Grace, dba New Directions for Nurses or send an email to ask your questions about becoming a CNE course author.

Step 1: Understand the Requirements for CNE Course Content

First and foremost, your CE course content MUST meet all four of these criteria:

  1. It must be created from your own experience and expertise and supported with published evidence from nursing literature. The evidence can include quantitative studies, qualitative studies, case studies, narratives, expert opinions, position statements, and others.
  2. It must be designed for nurses as the target audience. Courses that are designed for the public are not acceptable as CE.
  3. If you have a course that was designed for the public and you are sure nurses need and will benefit from it, you may contact Sharon for help you assess your idea.
  4. See below for how to reach Sharon.
  5. It must teach evidence-based knowledge and/or skills to improve the practice of nursing and empower nurses directly and/or indirectly in providing patient/client care.
  6. It must be relevant to the practice of nursing and enhance the knowledge of the registered nurse at a level above the minimum required for licensure

If your course meets the four criteria above, then it can include any of the following:

  1. Content that is related to the evidence-based knowledge and/or skills for the practice of basic, intermediate, or advanced levels of holistic nursing and informed by the physical, psycho-spiritual, social, behavioral, environmental, and integrative health arts and sciences. 
  2. Content that is related to the holistic health, safety, and actualization of the whole person that are included in the Holistic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. Examples include but are not limited to: human responses to spirituality, sexuality, birth, health, illness, dying, and grieving; foreign languages (conversational); therapeutic interpersonal communication or relationship skills; the environment, pharmacology, etc.
  3. Content in nursing administration, management, education, research or other functional areas of nursing relating to indirect patient/client care are also acceptable. Examples can include: Statistics, quality assurance, legal aspects of nursing, stress management, assertiveness, prevention and reduction of workplace violence; teaching multi-ethnic students and staff, retention of nurses in the health care delivery system, current trends in nursing and health care, establishing a professional nursing business or independent practice, and publishing for professional journals or books.

Step 2: Understand the Author/Instructor Requirements

Registered nurse authors/instructors must have a current valid nursing license, be free from disciplinary action by their state board, and be knowledgeable, current, and skillful in the subject matter as demonstrated by:

  1. A baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university and 
  2. Validated experience within the past two years in the subject matter they are teaching

Non-nurse authors/instructors must be currently licensed or certified in the subject area; provide evidence of specialized training in the subject area, and have experience teaching the subject matter within the past two years.

Step 3: Assess Your Conflict of Interest

You must plan, promote, and deliver your course free from the influence of interests that would profit from the sales of products or services to patients or the public, and you must attest that you have taken steps to prevent any influence from commercial interests of this type.

  1. Products and services that are marketed exclusively to healthcare professionals and not marketed to the public are excluded from this definition of commercial interests, e.g., a CE course or nursing textbook
  2. Nonprofit organizations are also excluded from the Conflict of Interest requirement.
  3. If you are not sure whether you have a conflict of interest or not, you may contact Sharon for help you assess your idea. See below for how to reach her.

Example of a Conflict of Interest: A nurse who sells essential oils wants to create a CE course on aromatherapy. Essential oils could be sold to the public. If the nurse promotes the sale of essential oils on her website and lists her website URL in her course, then this author has a Conflict of Interest.

Step 4: Assess the Learning Needs of Your Audience, Related to Your Topic 

Learning needs assessments can be done from one or a combination of these methods: personal conversations with your audience, surveys, literature reviews, etc. Your learning needs assessment must include all of the following information:

  • What is your audience’s current situation?
  • What is their desired situation?
  • What is the gap between your audience’s current situation and their desired situation? In other words, what do nurses need to know that they don’t know now, or what do they need to do that they don’t do now?

Step 5: Identify the Most Important Learning Outcome (Takeaway) Your Course Will Teach 

You must have an objectively measurable learning outcome to complete this sentence: "By the end of my course, participants will be able to..."

Step 6: Think about What Media Your Course Will Use

  • Text? 
  • Images?
  • Video files?
  • Audio files?
  • Live interaction, e.g., through Zoom conferences?

Step 7: Brainstorm with Yourself & Others about Your Point of View & Resources

Optional: You may use this template to help you brainstorm and organize your ideas and content: 

Step 8: Determine if you would like to offer your CNE course through the New Directions for Nurses platform.

Click here to read how that works.

Step 9: Questions? Contact Sharon Burch, MSN, APRN, Nurse Planner for Awakening to Grace & New Directions for Nurses.

Step 10: Request Our Course Outline & Approval Form

If you would like to apply for Awakening to Grace to approve your course for CE contact hours:

  1. Request our Author Agreement and Course Approval Form.
  2. Follow the instructions and fill in the Approval Form, step by step.
  3. Ask us all the questions you need to create your course outline with confidence.
  4. Send your Approval Form to Sharon for review.
  5. When your course has been approved, it will be promoted through the website, social media and paid ads.