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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Nurses should remain informed about scope of practice, standards of practice, and conceptual framework aspects of their fields and specialties of nursing. Ambulatory care is a specialty area which has its own scope and standards of practice and conceptual framework. Can you describe them? Get informed or refresh your ambulatory specialty knowledge with this educational activity!

The goal of this course is to discuss potential roles for nurses and the scope and standards of practice for ambulatory nursing as established by the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN).

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Examine the AAACN conceptual framework for ambulatory nursing and apply it to preceptoring
  • Describe the AAACN dimensions of practice and the relationship to ambulatory nursing
  • Identify AAACN standards for nursing care and apply to preceptoring and preceptees
  • List three ways to demonstrate AAACN standards for nursing care in the work setting
  • Identify characteristics of professional behavior in ambulatory care settings
  • Examine the AAACN conceptual framework for ambulatory nursing.
  • Identify AAACN standards for nursing care and its application to preceptoring and preceptees.
  • Identify characteristics of professional behavior in ambulatory care settings.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 08/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.