(1) Continuing education for nurses is formal training that:

(a) provides new knowledge and skills to assist with advanced clinical decision making;

(b) offers greater depth of knowledge and skills in a particular area of nursing role or practice;

(c) enhances professional attitudes and behaviors;

(d) advances career goals;

(e) promotes professional development and currency in nursing practice;

(f) supports innovation and creativity in nursing practice;

(g) implements change within the individual's nursing practice and within healthcare; or

(h) addresses new and developing standards of nursing practice.

(2) To qualify as contact hours, continuing education courses must be approved by an accrediting organization or provided by an academic institution of higher learning, a continuing education provider, or an APRN certifying body.

History: 37-1-131, 37-1-319, 37-8-202, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-1-306, 37-1-319, MCA; NEW, 2010 MAR p. 2651, Eff. 11/13/10.