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ANCC Accredited Provider Unit

Purpose

The purpose of the Accredited Provider Unit is to:

  • Maintain a clearly defined process for assessing need, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating Lamaze continuing education in accordance with adult learning principles and professional education standards and ethics (see Lamaze Continuing Education Policies and Procedures for further detail);
  • Achieve quality outcomes that promote safe and healthy birth through advocacy and education;
  • Maintain Lamaze International’s status as an accredited provider of continuing nursing education through ANCC (the American Nurses Credentialing Center). 

    Operation

    The Lamaze International Accredited Provider Unit operates under the auspices of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program and in collaboration with the Lamaze International Education Council.

    Composition

    The Accredited Provider Unit is managed by the Lead Nurse Planner and is composed of five to seven nurse planners who support the planning of Lamaze continuing education activities.  

    Accredited Provider Unit Lead Nurse Planner:

      General Responsibilities

      The Lead Nurse Planner is charged with managing the overall functioning of Lamaze International’s Accredited Provider Unit for continuing nursing education, and playing an active role in high-level planning for Lamaze educational activities, including development of content, objectives and evaluations and reporting, working hand-in-hand with education related committees/task forces and the education staff team. The Lead Nurse Planner is responsible for ensuring that all Lamaze activities planned for continuing nursing education are done so according to ANCC criteria. Continuing education activities are developed in response to, and with consideration for, the unique educational needs of Lamaze International’s target audience of perinatal educators. The Lead Nurse Planner is directly accountable to the Executive Director. 

      Qualifications

      The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include, but not be limited to:

      • Current LCCE Educator and Lamaze member with a minimum of three years of experience as a childbirth educator, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing safe and healthy birth and the Lamaze fundamentals for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
      • Licensed RN with a master's degree or higher and either a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing with an active, unencumbered nursing license;
      • Experience planning educational offerings for continuing nursing education;
      • Knowledgeable about the roles and expectations of an Accredited Provider Unit and the Lead Nurse Planner
      • Knowledge of evidence-based perinatal care practices, adult education, and current trends and research in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting;.
      • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage tasks associated with multi-contributor activities

      Tactical

      • Manages the Accredited Provider Unit
      • Ensures consistent implementation of the requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program for Accredited Provider status
      • Identifies quality outcome measures for the AP Unit in collaboration with other AP Unit members and with the Lamaze International Education Council
      • Assesses the accomplishment of AP Unit outcome measures and makes suggestions for improvement
      • Orients, trains, mentors and assesses Nurse Planners in the Accredited Provider Unit
      • Collaborates with volunteers and staff to assess educational need, design quality educational offerings, maintain content integrity, evaluate the accomplishment of objectives and suggest goals for improvement
      • Reports required information to the ANCC Accreditation Program to maintain ANCC accreditation status
      • Fosters an innovative and dedicated approach to the development of high-quality educational activities
      • Advocates for nurses and the professional development of nurses
      • Works with Lamaze committees/task forces related to Lamaze education, including the Conference Committee, the Education Council and its Continuing Education and Childbirth Educator Training and Resources Committees, and other professional products and education to accomplish Lamaze strategic goals
      • Provides support and consultation to the Executive Director on issues related to Lamaze education products and programs.

      Strategic

      • Applies educational expertise and interpersonal skills to enable volunteers to develop, articulate, and communicate the strategic plan for continuing education and other Lamaze educational activities.
      • Works with the volunteer leadership, education staff team and Executive Director to develop new opportunities for members to pursue professional education opportunities.
      • Monitors and interprets trends in adult education, particularly continuing nursing education and strategies used by other specialty nursing organizations, to assist in developing educational activities. 
      • Encourages innovation in formats, methods, and media by presenting alternative strategies to volunteers planning educational formats.
      • Serves as Lamaze International’s primary authority on matters relating to nursing continuing education and practice, and in that capacity attends Conference Committee and Education Council meetings

      Remuneration

      • The Lead Nurse Planner is engaged as an independent contractor for managing the Accredited Provider Unit and Lamaze continuing nursing education services, and receives a quarterly honorarium for management services. 

      Nurse Planners:

      Appointment

      Members of the Accredited Provider Unit are recommended by the Lead Nurse Planner and appointed by the Education Council Governing Body Chair for a three-year term and may be reappointed. Individual Nurse Planner performance on Accredited Provider Unit activities and assigned continuing nursing education projects is reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner on an ongoing basis

      Qualifications

      • Current LCCE Educator and Lamaze member with a minimum of three years of experience as a childbirth educator, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing safe and healthy birth and the Lamaze fundamentals for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
      • Licensed RN with either a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing with an active, unencumbered nursing license .
      • Experience developing, implementing and evaluating continuing nursing education activities, preferred.
      • Identifies and evaluates quality outcome measures for the AP Unit in collaboration with other AP Unit members and the Lead Nurse Planner
      • Ability to work in groups and willingness to complete committee assignments in a timely manner

      Responsibilities

      • Participate in the planning, implementing, and evaluation of Lamaze continuing nursing education activity.
      • Serve as an active participant on Lamaze continuing education activity planning teams, as assigned, to ensure to assure compliance with American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) requirements.
      • Attend scheduled calls/meetings of the Accredited Provider Unit

       

        Revised:   February 25, 2015