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Continuing Education Modules in Nursing Reference Center

Continuing education is required for nurses and nurse practitioners for the purpose of developing and updating professional skills in order to provide appropriate nursing care. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are obtained most frequently by participating in courses, classes, and workshops.

CINAHL CEU modules are interactive educational modules that allow nurses to satisfy CE requirements online. They contain the latest topics on patient care and drug administration and are included in CINAHL at no additional charge. Each CEU module consists of course material, an interactive review, and a competency test with a certificate of completion.

CINAHL CEU modules are accessible through Nursing Reference Center (NRC), as well as Nursing Reference Center with PERC, from EBSCO.

Depending on the course, it can take from one to several hours to complete a CE course. Course materials may be read online or printed for study purposes. You cannot save a partially-completed course exam and return to it at a later time. To obtain the CE Units, you must take and pass the course’s CE Module exam.

When the exam is passed, the system will provide you with a certificate of complete. In addition, if the “Nursing Educator” field in your user profile is populated with the email address of your nurse educator and you elect to notify your educator by selecting Yes in the user profile, then the system will automatically send an email and your certificate to your nurse educator when a module is successfully completed. Certificates are good for two full years from the date of completion. (Check with your state’s governing body for specific information covering your area of practice.)

The taking of the exams and issuance of CEU credits is open to nurses and allied health professionals. Before taking the exam you will be prompted for your name and license information.

CINAHL Information Systems is accredited internationally by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

How to Access and Use CEU Modules in NRC

  1. From the NRC Home screen, click the Continuing Education tab.

    continuing education tab

  2. Browse the list of available CE Modules or enter a term in the Browse for field and click Browse.

    A result list of available CE Modules will be displayed. Click on the link to retrieve the CE Module you would like to study.

    continuing education topics

  3. A new window will open. The first time you access a CINAHL CE Module you must set up an account by clicking on the Pre-registration link. For a page of available FAQs, click the FAQ link.

    pre-registration link

  4. Fill out the Pre-Registration form in order to access the CE Modules. Note: You will receive an email with an ‘unlock code’ before you can enroll.

    registration form

  5. After enrolling with your emailed unlock code, select CINAHL Plus/CINAHL Complete/Nursing Reference Center.

    CINAHL Plus / NRC link

    The chosen CE Module is displayed.

  6. Click the Accept link at the bottom of the screen after reading the disclaimer to continue.

    click accept link to continue

  7. After accepting the disclaimer, you will be able to access the CE Module you selected. To access the Course Materials, click the link at the bottom of the page.

    click link to access the CEU module

  8. The Course Materials for your CE Module will be displayed.

    CE course materials

  9. For more information on the CE Module process, click the How To Use button.

    how to use button

  10. Click Interactive Review to take a practice test. When you are finished reviewing the Course Materials and have taken the practice test, click Take Test to take the test to receive Continuing Education Credits.

    Note: Taking the Interactive Review is optional.

    interactive review and take test buttons

  11. Then click Yes, I am ready to take the test.

    click "yes I am ready" to take test

  12. You will have only two - opportunities to take the test and pass it. If you do not pass the test on the first attempt, you will be given 72 hours to review the materials again and take the test. After passing the test you will be issued a certificate which you may download and/or print.

    Note: If you have taken and failed with both attempts you will not be given credit and you will not receive CEU credits. You may, however, select a different CE module for study and take its exam when you are ready.

    CINAHL Education certificates are good for 2 full years from the date of completion. Check with your state's governing body for specific information covering your area of practice.

    Transcripts may be obtained by clicking the Transcript link:

    transcript link