Free Continuing Education Credits for Nurses From Medscape.com

December 14, 2000

New York (MedscapeWire) Dec 14 — Nurses can now obtain continuing education (CE) credits at no cost through Medscape Nursing, a specialty site of online nursing information provided by Medscape.com, a service of Medscape Inc.

Medscape Inc. is a leading provider of digital health records and online medical information. Medscape.com is a primary source of authoritative health and medical information on the Internet, and the foremost online publisher of certified continuing medical education activity in the country.

According to a recent survey by Mediamark Research, Inc. there are approximately 2.6 million nurses in the United States, and nearly 80 percent have Internet access. Since its launch in September 1999, Medscape Nursing's content has attracted advanced practice and specialty nurses who have expressed interest in online CE. Now, Medscape Nursing offers 35 CE programs for nurses in the following subject areas: pediatrics, rheumatology, cardiology, dermatology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, neurology, primary care, psychiatry and mental health, respiratory care, transplantation and women's health.

"We're delighted to provide online continuing education credits to nurses," said Susan Yox, RN, EdD, site editor of Medscape Nursing. "We believe we offer the most comprehensive no-fee CE program for nurses on the Internet. As part of our program, we can help track the nurses' credits electronically so they always know how many they've obtained and, we can, in many cases, send them their accreditation certificates electronically rather than have them wait weeks to get paper certificates in the mail."

In addition to the CE program, the Medscape Nursing site also features daily news updates; conference reports; Ask the Experts — a special section where nurse practitioners can ask questions of experts in the field; treatment updates; clinical management; practice matters — information about the business of nursing; resource centers — containing information on specific diseases; a journal room, and an instant poll that is revised every two weeks.

Medscape plans to further develop the site to attract other nurse specialists and practitioners. Plans include adding a comprehensive search tool that will focus entirely on nursing literature, expanded coverage of nursing conferences, greater access to nursing books and professional journals, and expansion of the nursing CE program, including courses on pain management and oncology.

"Nurses have the same professional need for current, authoritative clinical information as our subscribing physicians," said George D. Lundberg, MD, executive vice president and editor in chief of Medscape. "The features available on the Medscape Nursing site meet the same high standards as those available on Medscape's medical specialty sites."

For more information on Medscape Nursing, visit http://nursing.medscape.com.



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