We wanted to make you aware of a continuing education opportunity offered by the Tennessee Department of Health that will satisfy the state licensure requirements for controlled substance credits. “Preventing Opioid Deaths and Overdoses” is a novel spaced learning activity that will deliver one quiz question to your mobile device or laptop each weekday over a period of four weeks.  This has been shown to be a highly effective way of learning. Upon completion of the course with a passing rate of 80% or greater (16 of 20 questions), you will be eligible for 5 CE credits. Enrollment will be open now through November 6.  Please refer below for details on access to this opportunity provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. You may also go to this link for more information: https://preventopioiddeaths.org

Welcome to the 2020 Preventing Opioid Deaths and Overdoses Course!

First Steps

Create a CloudCME account to be able to text in the code for credits that you will receive at the end of the course.

For VUMC learners that do not have a CloudCME account, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to https://vumc.cloud-cme.com
  • Select Sign In from the upper left corner of the page
  • Select VUMC Faculty and Staff
  • Sign in with your VUMC ID and password
  • Select the MyCE tab on the right side of the blue ribbon
  • From the drop-down menu, select profile and complete all required fields (make sure to enter your mobile number in order to be able to text in for attendance)
  • Click submit at the bottom of the page to save
  • Text the email address (that you used to create your profile with) to 1-855-776-6263
  • You will receive a text message that states your phone number has been updated. This is a one-time operation.

For Non-VUMC learners that do not have a CloudCME account, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to https://vumc.cloud-cme.com
  • Select Sign In from the upper left corner of the page
  • Select Non-Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Go to the bottom of the screen and select “Don’t have an account” and complete the basic information
  • Select “Create Account” at the bottom of the screen
  • Go back to https://vumc.cloud-cme.com
  • Select Non-Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Sign in with the credentials created in the above steps
  • Select the MyCE tab on the right side of the blue ribbon
  • From the drop-down menu, select profile and complete all required fields (make sure to enter your mobile number in order to be able to text in for attendance)
  • Click submit at the bottom of the page to save
  • Text the email address (that you used to create your profile with) to 1-855-776-6263
  • You will receive a text message that states your phone number has been updated. This is a one-time operation.

Steps for Enrollment

  • Enroll and complete the Preventing Opioid Deaths and Overdoses Course at https://preventopioiddeaths.org/.
  • System enrollment in the course, happens either on Friday afternoon or Sunday evening.
  • Receive a Welcome to QuizTime email message. The learner will receive this message only if they have never taken a QuizTime Course before. If this scenario applies, the email will come from noreply@quiztimehealth.com.
  • Receive an email message letting the learner know that they’ve been enrolled. This message will come from noreply@quiztimehealth.com.
  • Receive an additional email with the Start of Course Announcement.

Steps for Course Completion

  • Receive a course completed announcement via email from noreply@quiztimehealth.com.
  • Receive an End of Course Announcement from noreply@quiztimehealth.com for the Preventing Opioid Deaths and Overdoses This announcement includes a link to a PDF document that has steps, screenshots, etc. for claiming credit.

Nurse Anesthetists CE Credit

Upon completion of this QuizTime activity, you will receive a numeric text code to record your attendance.

***Course Reminder: This QuizTime activity has been approved for up to 5 CE credits by the AANA for a correct score of 80% or more. Each question has two attempts and you have two days to answer the question. Any questions that were not attempted and inadvertently missed will be re-sent at the end of the quiz in a final 48-hour window to complete.

For QuizTime support, please contact the Center for Advanced Mobile Healthcare Learning (CAMHL) at camhl@vumc.org.

Activity Director: Bonnie Miller, MD MMHC
Quiz Authors: Matthew D. McEvoy, MD; Tyler W. Barrett, MD; David A. Edwards, MD, PhD and Brian F. Allen, MD
Quiz Coordinator: Brad Koss, DNAP, CRNA
Faculty indicated they have no financial relationships related to the content of this activity to disclose


State Requirements for Certificates of Fitness

Many TANA members hold a Certificate of Fitness for Prescriptive Authority, so it is important for you to review the following information!  Link here for a helpful guide for requirements for those CRNAs with a CF, and those without. 

The Board of Nursing Rule for Renewing an APRN Certificate of Fitness

Board of Nursing Rule 1000-04-.05 - To renew a Certificate of Fitness, APRNs must successfully complete a minimum of two (2) contact hours of continuing education to address controlled substance prescribing practices.The continuing education must include instruction in the Tennessee Department of Health's treatment guidelines on opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol, and may include such other topics as medicine addiction and risk management tools.

Certificate of Fitness & APRN Prescriptive Authority in Tennessee

CRNAs are not required to have prescriptive authority (TCA 63-6-123) to provide anesthesia services in Tennessee; however, CRNAs do meet the requirements for a Certificate of Fitness to Prescribe.

Board of Nursing Rules 1000-04-.04

  1. Click here for current Requirements for Certificate of Fitness (CF) to prescribe in Tennessee. 
  2. Those applicants intending to prescribe, issue or administer controlled substances shall also maintain their Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate (DEA) to prescribe controlled substances.
  3. Those applicants intending to prescribe must also maintain evidence of a copy of a Collaborative Request/APRN Supervisory Request (formerly Notice and Formulary).

Frequently Asked Questions the Board of Nursing Shared

Q. Where can I obtain the required two hours of continuing education?
A. See above the Symposia locations, and the link to the flyer provided by the Department of Health.

Q. I have completed my two hours of continuing education; do I send it to the Board of Nursing?
A. No, only upon request of the board.

Q. If I have a Certificate of Fitness (CoF), how often do I need to take this two-hour course?
A. Every two years.

Q. If I move to Tennessee from out of state, will I be given a Certificate of Fitness?
A. Per the Board of Nursing, the “COF is automatic with the APRN licensure”. There is not a separate application. Someone coming in from out of state would receive a COF as a part of their APRN license/certificate.

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