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Ways You Can Earn Contact Hours and Recertification Credits
Did you know you can earn credits...
- For doing a poster presentation?
- For being a mentor?
- With the greatest of ease in an online library?
Whether you need to earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours or other credits for recertification, you have many excellent options. To make it as easy as possible for you, the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) compiled a list of 10 methods to earn credits in a way that fits you best. This list is a summary, so once you find the method(s) you like, download the Acceptable Education Activities for complete information.
Credit is awarded for the following:
Courses, Workshops, Independent Study
- CNE articles - includes articles in MEDSURG Nursing journal and Med-Surg Matters! newsletter. (Contact hours in these publications are FREE for AMSN members. Learn more about AMSN member benefits and how to join.)
- Internet-based education - includes AMSN Online Library activities (some activities are free for AMSN members.)
Supervising baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree students and newly-hired nurses in educational and professional settings.
Enrollment in baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree programs related to medical-surgical nursing.
Presenting new content for academic courses and CNE programs.
Test Development and Item Writing
Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurses (CMSRN®) serving on the MSNCB Test Development/Item Writer Committee.
Writing a manuscript, research paper, book, or book chapter. Material must be published by a recognized publisher or professional journal.
Multimedia Program Development
Developing program content or scripts for videotapes, audiotapes, and other electronic media.
Conference Poster Presentation
Presenting a poster relevant to medical-surgical nursing at a regional or national meeting.
Membership on a National Nursing Organization Board or National Committee Chair
Serving on a nursing board or chairing a national committee.
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Projects
Projects that have gone through the IRB process at your facility. (Credits for primary investigator only.)
For complete details, please download Acceptable Education Activities.