Journals and Databases Provide CE Opportunities

Browsing the journal literature is a great way to keep up to date in your profession, but did you know it’s possible to receive low-cost continuing education credit from journals available through Dana Medical Library? In addition to being a resource for higher education, research and clinical care information, databases and journals may be used to earn continuing education credit. You can even choose the topic for which you wish to earn credit.

CINAHL, the reference database for nursing & allied health journal literature, has two methods for getting Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit:

  • Identify journal articles that include CNE in a topic of your choice. To do this, first search for a topic – endoscopy nursing, for example – then simply limit the search to CEU as the publication type – at this writing, fifteen articles featuring CNE credit were found, on just endoscopy nursing. Choose one of the articles that interests you, read the article, complete the evaluation form, and follow the instructions at the end to submit for credit, and you’re done. Some journals offer free CEUs and frequently, if you have a personal subscription to the journal, the fee is waived. Sometimes, however, there is a fee for submission.
  • Use CINAHL Education modules. Register at no charge at ceu.cinahl.com to select from a number of different topics, representing a broad selection of practice areas. Review the course materials online, practice with an interactive review program and when you wish, take the online test to demonstrate your knowledge. Certificates may be printed from this web site and a designated person, such as your nurse educator, will receive an email upon your successful completion of the module.

Contact Dana Library Reference for searching tips in CINAHL or other questions about using Dana Library’s resources in earning continuing education credit.

Next issue: Using Dana Library resources for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Fred Pond, MLS