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Evaluation of Alabama's MWandatory Continuiing Education Program



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Evaluation of Alabama s MWandatory Continuiing Education Program for Reasonableness Access and Value Jean B Lazarus EdD RN Anne Permaloff PhD and Charlie J Dickson EdD RN FAAN ABSTRACT Background As a measure of quality control the Alabama Board of Nursing subjected the regulations for mandatory continuing education MCE for licensure to an evaluation of their impact and effectiveness This study focused on licensees perceptions of the regulations regarding reasonableness access and value Metihod Evaluation research methods were used to answer research questions related to the rules governing continuing education CE requirements for nursing licensure Data were obtained from a survey of a random sample N 406 of RNs and licensed practical nurses Both qualitative and quantitative methods were applied to data analysis States are authorized to take whatever actions necessary to protect the public from incompetent practitioners One means of invoking this authority is through the provision of regulatory agencies empowered to admit qualified individuals to licensure In Dr Lazarus is Research Consultanit Alabama Board of Nursing Montgomery Alabama Dr Permialoff is Consumer Memlber Alabama Board of Nursing and Professor Departmenit of Political Scicnice an1d Public Administration Auburna University at Montgomery Montgomery Alabama Dr Dicksont is Chairperson Continuiig Competence and Continuting Education Committee Alabama Board of Nursing and Professor Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Allied Health and Nursing Tuskegee Alabama The authors acknowledge the other members of the Conitinuinig Comipetence and Continuing Education Committee Alabama Board of Nursing Yvonne Albert LPN Joyce Chappelear MSN RN Gregory Howard LPN Marjesta Jones LPN aind N Genell Lee MSN RN JD Executive Officer Address correspondence to Jean B Lazarus EdD RN Research Consultant Alabama Board of Nursing 770 WVashington Avellue Suite 250 Monttgomery Alabama 36130 3900 102 IIIIII Findings



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