Academic Course: A minimum of one (1) academic credit hour in nursing or related field.
Active Status: Active license in good standing in Arkansas or any other recognized jurisdiction.
Competency: The application of knowledge and the interpersonal, decision-making and psychomotor skills expected for the practice role, within the context of public health, safety and welfare.
Contact Hour: Either a 50 or 60 minute clock hour of continuing education.
Continuing Education: An educational activity completed beyond the basic education.
Continuing Education Approval Body: A recognized authorizing body, approval or provider, responsible for offering quality continuing nursing education. This definition includes those non-nursing organizations whose continuing education offerings are relevant to nursing practice roles.
Disciplinary Action: See ACA §17-87-309
Employer Competency Orientation Program: An orientation program developed by a healthcare facility designed to assure competency of the nurse to practice safely within the employer’s job description and the scope of nursing defined by the ASBN.
Initial Licensure: The point at which a licensee is first granted the authority to practice nursing in the State of Arkansas either by examination or endorsement.
Inactive: A status of licensure which signifies that the individual has voluntarily chosen not to practice nursing or as a result of Board action.
Non-Compliance: Failure to fulfill the continued competency requirements.
Practice Focused: Academic study or continuing education targeted to meet the needs of the nurse in his/her nursing practice role, ie., administrator, educator, clinical practice, case manager, school nurse, etc.
Random Audit: A sample of applications or documents randomly selected for compliance review.
Refresher Course: See ASBN Rules & Regulations, Chapter Two.
Related Field: Non-nursing discipline that enlarges or enhances the knowledge, skills and competencies of the nurses practice role.
Recommended by Continued Competency Task Force: August 1, 2001
Approved by Arkansas State Board of Nursing August 1, 2001