From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 12, 2010

Editor's note: Welcome to our new feature written by staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne will write about an important issue in the area of staff development or answer reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q: I have just earned my certification in Nursing Professional Development. I know I need continuing education (CE) contact hours to maintain my certification and license, but I'm having trouble finding good sources of CE that focus on professional development. Do you have any suggestions about resources?

A: First of all, congratulations on your success, which is wonderful news! There are some good resources for professional development/staff development contact hours and I suggest you start with resources devoted to our specialty. The National Nursing Staff Development (NNSDO) Web site ( gives information about in person programs, as well as some online CE programs. If you have a local affiliate of NNSDO, that is also a good resource. Information about local affiliates can be found on the national Web site.

If you are a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing, visit This site will give you information about their education events and their local chapters. Their publications are devoted to scholarly research, which has significant professional development implications.

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