28 FOCUS ON EDUCATION | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com Disclaimer The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition ©2018: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Elite Professional Education, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general informa- tion on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Elite Professional Education, LLC rec- ommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Elite Professional Education, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or war- rant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers. Reviewer: June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN Audience: This course is intended for all nurses who want to learn more about the history and con- troversies of the baccalaureate degree as the mini- mum entry into practice designation. Course overview: This course reviews various per- spectives related to the baccalaureate degree as a gateway to enter clinical practice as a registered nurse. Also presented is the long history of support and recommendations from various entities moving this initiative forward. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Describe the history toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing as the minimum entry into pro- fessional nursing practice. • Identify two research findings that show the impact of nursing educational level on patient outcomes. • Discuss at least two barriers to obtaining a bacca- laureate degree in nursing. • How to receive credit • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either: • An affirmation that you have completed the edu- cational activity • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. • Provide required personal information and pay- ment information. • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation • Print your Certificate of Completion. Accreditations and Approvals: Elite is accred- ited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Individual State Nursing Approvals In addition to states that accept ANCC, Elite is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by:  Alabama, Provider #ABNP1418 (valid through March 1, 2021); California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP15022; District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-4007; Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; and Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0076 (valid through December 31, 2019).  This CE program sat- isfies the Massachusetts Board’s regulatory require- ments as defined in 244 CMR5.00: Continuing Education. Activity Director June D. Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN Lead Nurse Planner Disclosures Resolution of Conflict of Interest In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activ- ity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial sup- port. Furthermore, commercial interests are pro- hibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. CONTINUING EDUCATION  |  FOCUS ON EDUCATION www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/ nurse-staffing-education-affect-patient-safety Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2014). Building the case for more highly educated nurses. 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