Inside scoop from our experts: Recertification classes

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 18, 2010

This week’s question about recertification classes comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk.

Q: Does anyone charge staff for recertification classes such as basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)? If so, how much? Do you charge staff to attend professional development/certification classes held in your hospital? In general, these are courses that an employee would have to pay in excess of $100 to attend elsewhere (review courses, etc.) Again, if you do charge, about how much?

A: We do not charge our staff to attend these classes, since it required for work. We do charge outside individuals who take our classes: $100 for BLS, $200 for ACLS. We use to charge a "nominal" fee, $25, to attend the classes held at our hospital, because we thought it would help with no shows, but this became more work than it was worth. Instead, we focused on working with the managers and staff to improve attendance.

Also we were told by our compliance staff we had to be "careful" of charging for something we are providing, since we are not for profit.

Editor's note: On JourneyTalk you can network with your peers, discuss the new manual, share your helpful tips, and get advice on how to meet the program's expectations.

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