Our Milestones

  • 2020

    December: The Con CNE, accredited by the ANCC with distinction, and the UNMC CCE, accredited with commendation by the ACCME, partnered together to achieve Joint Accreditation for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This increases the accreditation services available for both nurses and the healthcare team by our office.

  • 2019

    November: Article Published - Examining the Impact of Board-Certified Registered Nurses in Skilled Nursing Facilities Using National and State Quality and Clinical Indicators [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(11), 39-45.]:
    Abstract: A convenience sample of skilled nursing facilities was selected from a sample of graduates of an online training program for RNs who subsequently achieved board certification in gerontological nursing (RN-BC). Facilities that employed one or more RN-BC were pair-matched using 11 organizational characteristics with facilities that did not employ a RN-BC. Facility data were collected at two-time points, and differences between time points and between facility type (RN-BC versus non-RN-BC) were analyzed. Findings showed that there were no statistically significant differences between RN-BC and non-RN-BC facilities with respect to quality ratings and nurse-sensitive clinical indicators (e.g., restraint use, urinary tract infections, falls, antipsychotic medication use) between the two time periods; however, in the second time period, RN-BC facilities showed greater improvement versus non-RN-BC facilities in seven of nine outcomes, achieving significance in Overall (4.10 vs. 3.55, p < 0.01) and Survey (3.48 vs. 2.86, p < 0.01) 5-Star ratings.

    October: CNE Faculty and staff attended the AHCA/NCAL 70th Convention and Expo to educate long term care providers on the value of the Gero Nurse Prep course, a product of UNMC CON CNE. Gero Nurse Prep is an online course that prepares RNs to successfully pass the ANCC certification exam in gerontological nursing.

    September: The UNMC PriCare Fellowship is launched. This innovative program, created by the UNMC College of Nursing, is a yearlong opportunity for RNs to advance and finesse their primary care skills. The PriCare Fellowship curriculum will provide the critical knowledge, mentored skills training, and prepare fellows to practice efficiently and optimally in a primary care setting. This activity is provided for 45.0 contact hours under ANCC criteria through the UNMC CON Continuing Nursing Education department.

    July: The 24th Annual Pharmacological Conference for Advanced Practice Providers reaches a record-breaking attendance record of 376 participants, with 354 NPs and 22 PAs attending.

    June: The podcast platform “RN Huddle”, hosted by Continuing Nursing Education, College of Nursing in the University of Nebraska Medical Center posted its first activity, “Impact of Lawsuits with Nurses and Nurses' Actions.” Future podcasts will cover other hot topics in nursing and related domains and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and iHeartRadio.

    May: The UNMC Continuing Nursing Education department hosted its first Simulation Day as part of the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program. Administered by CNE, this program was developed by the Wound Ostomy Continence (WOCN) Society and prepares nurses and other licensed health care professionals for a higher level of competency and knowledge in wound care.

  • 2018

    November: The collaborative impact of UNMC CON CNE appears online in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. The article, “Are Advanced Providers Prepared to Care for the Agricultural Population?”, in the press for 2019, describes how the authors used findings from a survey developed by CNE and administered to NPs and PAs in Nebraska. The survey findings informed the development of evidence-based educational programming to address deficits in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions resulting from hazardous agricultural exposures and presented the program at state and national professional conferences. The authors are UNMC faculty, Drs. Mary Cramer, Kathy Wulf, and Heidi Keeler, and evaluation coordinator, Mary Wendl.

    July: 23rd Annual Pharmacological Conference for Advanced Practice Providers reaches a record-breaking attendance record of 375 participants!

    May: CNE launches the Olson Center for Women's Health Webinar Series. The interactive series features a variety of topics surrounding women's health. The online format allows busy providers to participate from any location.

  • 2017

    CNE, UNMC Center for Continuing Education, and BHECN launches Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Pain and Substance Use Disorder. ECHO is an opportunity for providers across the state to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice, and recommendations from substance use and pain management specialize in a virtual learning network.

  • 2016

    July: The 21st Annual Pharmacological Conference for Advanced Practice Providers distance learning attendees outnumbers the live activity attendees.

    May: CNE achieves Accredited Provider with Distinction status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the second time.

  • 2015

    May: CNE receives the College of Nursing’s Distinguished Team Award for its work with Apple representatives to place a course for health professionals and the public on the topic of Ebola on Apple iTunes.

    May: CNE partners with the UNMC Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) to offer Nebraska Nursing Roundtable: Mental and Behavioral Health Care Webinar Series. The series provides education on behavioral health best practices for patient clinical care, promotes recovery, and reduces stigma for nursing professionals.

  • 2013

    CNE expands its business model by offering a website and learning management system development and maintenance.

  • 2012

    CNE achieves American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accredited Provider with Distinction status. This is the first year ANCC offers this award.

  • 2011

    In collaboration with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), CNE launches AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep, an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • 2010

    July: 15th Annual Pharmacological Conference for Advanced Practice Providers uses distance learning for the first time. Previously, the activity was only held live in one location.

    April: Nursing Fund for Excellence-Northern Division provides partial funding for the Northeast Nebraska CNE Programs. This funding allows CNE the opportunity to provide quality continuing education activities to rural providers in Nebraska.

  • 2006

    Consistent with the University’s mission to reach out nationally, CNE launches its online learning and evaluation system.

  • 2002

    CNE receives approved provider status from the California Board of Registered Nursing. This allows CNE to provide contact hours for live activities in all 50 states.

  • 1995

    CNE hosts its 1st Annual Pharmacological Conference for Advanced Practice Providers. The conference aims to provide nurse practitioners (NPs) current guidelines and updates relevant to medication prescribing and management based on the latest evidence and best practice. The conference fills a void in continuing medical education covering pharmacotherapeutic topics for NPs in Nebraska.

  • 1987

    CNE becomes the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) approved provider. This status allows CNE to become eligible to offer continuing education to Iowa’s nurses.

  • 1986

    The Continuing Education for Nursing office’s name changes to Continuing Nursing Education (CNE).

  • 1980

    CNE becomes an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) provider of continuing nursing education. This is quite significant as it is the first year the ANCC began granting such status.

  • 1974

    First federal grant award to CNE. Continuing Education Project for Nursing home Nurses focusing on geriatrics to gerontology.

  • 1967

    Continuing Education for Nursing office formally recognized as a College of Nursing entity.