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Continuing Nursing Education

Continuing Nursing Education

A Journey, Not a Destination

TNA has led the way and set the standards for continuing nursing education (CNE) in Texas. From basic nursing education to new educational models to on-demand and continuing education, TNA shapes education for all Texas nurses. Specifically, TNA accepts applications for both Individual activities and approved providers.

Congratulations to the Approved Providers that TNA has recognized.

TNA is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)-accredited Approver. In this role, TNA facilitates Approved Providers and Individual Activity applicants through the process of developing CNE activities that award contact hours by applying ANCC standards to ensure quality education.

TNA is also an ANCC-accredited Provider, which allows TNA to provide activities that award contact hours.

Approved Provider

The awarding of Approved Provider status is the means by which TNA grants public recognition to an individual, organization, or part of an organization that has met the established standards for providing continuing nursing education activities. An Approved Provider Unit has established the infrastructure, processes, and systems to develop, implement, and evaluate CNE activities internally, without having to come through TNA first.

The Approved Provider Workshop is designed to familiarize Primary Nurse Planners with the process for applying the 2015 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and TNA’s criteria for the establishment or continuation of an Approved Provider Unit. This workshop is designed for those who have met the criteria to become an Approved Provider Unit and have experience in the continuing nursing education (CNE) process.

For additional information, please contact Leann Ayres:, 800-862-2022 ext. 139

The Application

Applications are accepted twice a year: January 15 and July 15. Start the process of becoming an Approved Provider at least six months prior to one of those dates.

CNE Approved Provider status requires that a minimum of three individual activities have been planned and presented within the 12 months preceding the submission of an application for Approved Provider status. All activities must meet the criteria established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Read the FAQs tab for more information. 

Documents needed to complete your application:

Approved Provider Tools

For providers who have completed the application process. 

Situation-Specific Forms

Other Forms 


Individual Activities

An education activity is a planned organized effort--either provider-directed, learner-paced, or blended--aimed at accomplishing learning outcomes. An activity, once approved, may be presented once or be presented multiple times over a two-year period as long as the content remains current. An Individual Activity application is submitted by an individual, organization, or part of an organization to an Accredited Approver, such as TNA, with the goal of being approved to award contact hours.

The Individual Activity organization must have a clearly defined process for assessing a nursing learning need.

The Individual Activity Workshop: New Trends in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is designed to introduce the organization newly interested in providing continuing nursing education to the process of developing a single activity based on the sound educational design principles of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and TNA criteria. This workshop is designed for the novice to the CNE process.

For additional information, please contact Leann Ayres:, 800-862-2022 ext. 139

The Application

An individual or organization (whole or part) can submit an individual CNE activity for approval. The individual activity organization must have a clearly defined process for assessing a nursing learning need which becomes the basis for planning, implementing, and evaluating the CNE activity. Read the FAQs tab for more information.

Documents needed to complete your application:

Situation-Specific Education Forms

Other Forms and Information


CNE Committee

TNA's Continuing Nursing Education Committee is comprised of volunteer member nurses and support staff whose work is instrumental to evaluating and approving CNE activities.

Patricia E. Alvoet, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN
Maribel Bhojani, MSN, RN-BC
Jacqueline Brock, DNP, APRN
Rachel Chapman, MSN, RN, CCRN
Jenny Delk-Fikes, MSN, RN-BC, CVRN
Debra Edwards, BSN, MS, RN-BC
Tracia M. Forman, PhD, RN, CNE
Jill Henry, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Candice Herman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Kathryn Holl, BSN, RN-BC
Cheryl Lindy, PhD, MS, RN-BC, NEA-BC
DeVonna McNeill, MSN, RN-BC, RNC-OB 

Jan Milligan, DNP, RN-BC, CLNC
Ellen Munsterman, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC
Leanne Perry, MSN, RN, RN-BC, RN-MNN
Rebekah Powers, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN
Sally Roach, MSN, RN
Yvonne Serna, MSN, RN-BC
Sahar Seyedkalal, MS, RN
Kristina Shaw, MSN, RN
Francine Snow, DrPH, MSN, RN-BC
Eloisa G. Tamez, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Sarah Towery, MS, BSN, RN, CCRN-K


Updated FAQs coming soon

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