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Continuing Education Corner

Judy Sheehan MSN, RN-BC

Nurse Peer Review Leader ANA Massachusetts


Frequently Asked Questions



Q:        What needs to be disclosed to the participants prior to the start of a program and what are acceptable ways of doing this?


A:        Disclosure to Participants must include: the requirements necessary to obtain contact hours, the presence or absence of conflict of interest and the official approval statement. If conflict exists the resolution of such must be disclosed. 


In addition the following items must be provided if applicable:

          If commercial support has been provided, it is necessary to state this and identify the party providing the support

          If it is a joint-provided program it must be clear who the provider is and who is the joint provider

          The expiration date must be disclosed if it is an enduring or blended activity.


Frequently Asked Questions



Q.        How do you determine if conflict of interest exists?


A.        It is always the nurse planner’s responsibly to determine if conflict of interest exists for planners and faculty. In addition, someone (not the nurse planner) determines if the nurse planner has any conflict of interest.  In order for conflict of interest to exist: a person must be in a position to control content, and have a financial relationship with a commercial entity; the commercial entity’s products must be related to the content of the educational activity. The following decision tree was developed by ANA Ohio and may be a useful guide for determining if conflict of interest exists.


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