What is the Midwest MSD?
In 2013, several state nurses associations (SNAs) formed a collaborative, namely the Midwest Multistate Division (Midwest MSD), with the goal of promoting efficiencies and growth. State nurses associations currently participating in this collaborative include Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Each SNA will retain its own state identity while utilizing shared resources within the Midwest MSD. As part of this collaborative, the Midwest MSD Continuing Nursing Education Unit (CNE Unit) was formed. Missouri’s accreditation as an approver and provider through the ANCC was utilized to advance the new Division. And therefore the Midwest MSD is accredited as an approver and provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
How does this impact nurses within the participating states?
Under the ANCC Accredited Provider arm, educational activities provided by the Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Nurses Association’s will now bear the Midwest MSD ANCC Accredited Provider statement. Missouri nurses will start seeing the Midwest MSD accreditation statement listed on MONA conference materials, evaluations and certificates rather than the previous accreditation statement held by MONA. The Midwest MSD Lead Nurse Planner and Nurse Planner will, through active participation in the planning, ensure that all activities provided by the states participating in the Division adhere to the ANCC accreditation program criteria. Nurses will be able to use nursing contact hours they receive from these Midwest MSD programs toward their state licensure and national certification.
The Accredited Approver arm of the Midwest MSD CNE Unit provides organizations/facilities with two options for achieving approval to award nursing contact hours:
Individual Education Activities
Organizations interested in awarding nursing contact hours for one, single educational activity or conference
Organizations interested in receiving approval to award nursing contact hours for multiple educational activities provided to nurses within their organization or their target audience.
Applications for each type of approval were streamlined, staff resources expanded, policies and procedures updated. The Midwest MSD website (www.midwestnurses.org) provides a wealth of information for those contemplating applying.
To learn more about the Midwest MSD continuing education approval process, please to access resources or contact the Midwest MSD Office with questions by phone at 573-636-4623 or by email.