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Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Nursing Continuing Professional Development includes planned, organized learning experiences designed to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional nurse. Activities are created to promote knowledge acquisition and thereby support organizational initiatives, practice change, and quality care. A variety of activities are offered throughout the year, focusing on high quality healthcare, leadership and professional development.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

As an approved provider, the ETCH NCPD Provider Unit can award contact hours to ETCH educational activities.  These contact hours support professional licensure and certifications. These activities are offered at no cost to ETCH nursing staff.

House-Wide Preceptor Academy

The house-wide Preceptor Academy is for any East Tennessee Children's Hospital employee that has been identified as an expert in their unit/area and have been asked to train or precept new staff members. It is important to have the patience, knowledge and skills needed to effectively guide new employees through a series of both simple and complicated tasks. During this one day course, the participant will develop these leadership skills:

  • emotional intelligence
  • self-awareness
  • workplace socialization
  • conflict resolution
  • providing feedback and weekly evaluations
  • goal setting
  • critical thinking

After the course, you will receive monthly newsletters that will include tips on delegation, preventing burn-out, building and maintaining trusting relationships,healthy work environments and more.

For more information, Contact Lauren Fisher at (865) 541-8255


The Organizational Development and Learning department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has collaborated with the nursing staff to create ETCH Days (Engaging, Teaching, Challenging Healthcare). This program simplifies the educational process for our clinical staff by offering an organized training framework. During ETCH Days, nurses have the opportunity to update skill, knowledge and competency.

Annually, a needs assessment is performed to determine beneficial content for staff. Multiple facets of the job are targeted including new equipment and procedures as well as problem-focused components, allowing staff to enhance clinical and administrative procedures. The Organizational Development and Learning department collaborates with several other departments, including laboratory, respiratory care and environmental services to ensure education provided is comprehensive and balanced.

ETCH Days occur throughout the year. For more information regarding ETCH Days, please contact the Organizational Development and Learning department.

Preceptor Academy