University of Southern Indiana

Critical Access Hospital Learning Network

The Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program was developed to provide nurses, employed in rural area hospitals, access to continuing education. The goal of the program is twofold; first, to provide opportunities for nurses to earn continuing education credit and secondly, to offer support for nursing professional development. In addition to greater access to continuing education, critical access hospital nurses will have an opportunity to work with nurse educators to develop and present evidence based practice concepts to other critical access hospital nurses in their region.

Description of Project
This program was developed for synchronous and asynchronous web delivery of a variety of topics selected by participants as pertinent to nursing practice. The synchronous component of the program affords interactivity between audience and presenter. Each topic contains an audio/visual presentation, interactive capability, a course evaluation and a final quiz. Learners will be able to log into the presentation "live" or view the presentation at a later time.

Purpose and Goals of the Project
Goals of the project include: To provide easy, affordable access to continuing education to CAH nurses Establish an education communication network for CAH nurses Initiate development and presentation of CE programs to CAH area nurses Foster professional development of nurses employed in CAH Promote collaboration between ANCC nurse planners and CAH nursing staff Minimize the expense to hospitals participating in the program Who Should Enroll in this Program

This program is designed rural hospitals classified as critical access; meaning their acute care beds number less than 25. The continuing education presentations are designed for English-speaking nurses employed by critical access hospitals in the Southwest Indiana region, who need or want continuing education credits or who want to increase their professional development or improve their practice.

If you would like to enroll your Critical Access Hospital in this program, please contact or 812-465-1148. 

Successful Completion
The program has six individual presentations. Each presentation includes a lecture, quiz, and evaluation. In order to complete a presentation you must sign in, attend the session, either synchronously or asynchronously, complete a presentation evaluation, and complete a quiz.

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Credit will be awarded following successful attendance of a presentation, completion of the presentation evaluation and completion of the quiz.

Nurses will receive 1 hour per session.

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University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which is revised annually in December.


Southwest Indiana - Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC)

This project was developed with a grant received from
Southwest Indiana - Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC).


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