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  1. Jenkins, Jeanne B. MSN, MBA, RN
  2. Smith, Elaine L. MSN, MBA, RN, CNAA


The nursing professional development specialist has an increasing expectation to design and implement learning activities for professional nurses. These activities are critical in developing excellence in nursing practice. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a step-by-step approach to the development of a continuing education program, using the nursing process as an organizing framework. This framework can be applied to the development of other continuing education programs as well.