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Planning Activity Outcomes: What, Why, How

Many of us continue to struggle with writing outcomes that appropriately describe what we want our learners to walk away with. We continue to ask ourselves how to best distinguish between an objective and a measurable outcome and how to best guide learners through an activity that is designed to address a gap in knowledge, skills, or practice. During this presentation, we will learn some of the “tricks of the trade” from a nationally recognized expert in nursing professional development.

Activity Date:
Start Date:   July 9, 2021
End Date:  July 9, 2024
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  • Pamela S. Dickerson PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN
    Nursing Professional Development Specialist

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to create a measurable learning outcome for individual continuing professional development activities.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access)
Bibliographic Sources
  • Baughman, C. (2019). Achieving incremental outcomes to reach goals. Journal of Continuing
    Education in Nursing 50(8), 339-340.
  • Chappell, K. & Dickerson, P. (2016). Quality improvement in the nursing professional development department. In Smith, C. & Harper, M. (eds.) Leadership in Nursing Professional Development: An Organizational and System Focus.
  • Dickerson, P. (2019) Measuring activity and department/provider unit outcomes. Journal of Continuing
    Education in Nursing 50(8), 339-340.
  • Harper, M., & Maloney, P. (2016). Nursing professional development: Scope and standards of practice. 3rd ed. Chicago: ANPD.
  • Pepsnik, D. (2017). Measuring outcomes at the activity level. In Dickerson, P. (ed.) Core curriculum for
    nursing professional development, 5th ed., pgs. 208-219. Chicago: ANPD.
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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