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Are You Interested in Writing a Course for ALLEGRA Learning?

If you are a licensed healthcare professional with two or more years of experience in your specialty, you may submit a Continuing Education Course for review to ALLEGRA Learning Solutions. We are always seeking topics for health care professionals that are timely, relevant, compelling, and well written. Prospective authors must be able to demonstrate their knowledge in the subject matter through their experience, expertise, or both.

Course content must be relevant for the practice of Registered Nurses or other health care professionals (such as massage therapists) for which ALLEGRA has accreditation. Please see our accreditations. Topics must be related to indirect or direct patient care, technical skills, or scientific knowledge. Knowledge about holistic and integrative health care is a plus.

Compensation

Compensation will be paid one time at $450 per course contact hour. Additional compensation can be discussed on an individual basis.

Author Guidelines

There are six (6) steps to becoming an author with ALLEGRA Learning Solutions.

  1. Complete and submit an Instructor Application. (PDF file)
  2. Complete and sign the Confidentiality Agreement. (PDF file)
  3. Submit your topic for approval.

Before writing any content, contact ALLEGRA Learning at 760-231-9678 or by email at allegra@allegralearning.com to discuss your idea. We are seeking content that is “leading-edge,” practical, useful for health care professionals, and we especially seek topics with an integrative or holistic perspective.

Once your idea is approved, email your manuscript goals, objectives, outline, and author information as an attachment to either Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC or Caroline Young, MPH. They will review the materials and respond with any changes required before you begin writing.

A deadline for the submission will be mutually determined.

  1. Complete, sign, and submit the Author Agreement. (PDF file)
  2. Write the manuscript.

To be considered for continuing education, the manuscript must be authored or coauthored by an RN and must include the following elements:

Goal Statement A single-sentence goal statement for the course (separate from the course description). For example: The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the role of food and health in human history. The various elements of nutrition and some of the most common types of diets are explored.
Learning Objectives Two to three learning objectives per contact hour, using action verbs (such as those in Bloom’s Taxonomy) that are measurable and relevant to an online format and require the learner to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. For example:
Describe three symptoms of…
Identify the causes of…
Discuss how to prevent…
Introduction The introduction should be interesting and capture the learner’s attention. Using a succinct, relevant case study (without real patient or staff names) is often a great option.
Body of Course Each contact hour is approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words (not counting the course description, learning objectives, references, or exam). Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and have one-inch margins. Current, advanced, clinical information or professional topics must provide appropriate content for testing. If the CE course includes information about an off-label use of a product or medical device (the use of a product/medical device for a purpose other than that for which it is FDA-approved), a statement in writing must be provided to ALLEGRA Learning informing ALLEGRA Learning about the fact.

Content should be original work. See notation below regarding plagiarism.

References A complete reference list of books, journals, etc. must be provided using APA style. Generally, references should be no more than five years old. Use primary references whenever possible. Do not use footnotes.
Examination The exam must be in a separate file. Keep the number of test questions between 7 and 10 multiple choice and true/false questions per contact hour. No more than 50% of the questions can be true/false.

Multiple choice questions must have four responses (“a,” “b,” “c,” and “d”).

The correct response must be indicated.

Do not use “None of the above” or “All of the above” as a response.

The test questions should measure whether the learning objectives were mastered and should relate to each of the objectives.

The correct option must be derived from the content of the course and be defensible.

The three incorrect options must be plausible.

No “multiple-multiple” questions are permitted (those that present a list of options, and then ask the test taker to choose “a, b, and c” or “a and b,” etc.)

Use only one question that involves statistics.

Use terminology provided in the content of the course.

The questions must be in the same order as the sequence of information in the course.

Be sure one or more of your options are not included in another question or option.

Plagiarism Authors must guard against plagiarism. Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” *Merriam-Webster.com Web site. (2012). Plagiarize. Retrieved June 11, 2012 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarized
References ALLEGRA Learning Solutions uses APA style to cite references. Refer to the latest edition of the APA Manual of Style. ALLEGRA Learning requires that continuing education content be based on evidence-based research. An evidence-based approach to clinical practice is an interdisciplinary, conscientious, problem-solving approach that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed research, patient values and preferences, as well as individual clinical expertise to provide a method for making decisions about the care of a patient. There are three types of evidence:

Level 1 Evidence
Randomized control trials (the “gold standard” in clinical design)
Systematic review or meta-analysis
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

Level 2 Evidence
Well-designed control trials without randomization
Clinical cohort study
Case-controlled study
Uncontrolled study
Epidemiological study
Qualitative study
Quantitative study

Level 3 Evidence
Consensus viewpoint
Expert opinion
Meta-synthesis

We have many resources that can be used for your research.

  1. Review and revise the manuscript.

Once the manuscript is complete and delivered to ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, paid peer reviewers (experts in the clinical area) will rigorously review the content. You will be notified in approximately four to six weeks about their decision. Once the reviews are complete, you may be asked to revise the content according to their suggestions.

Once the content is in its final form, you will receive an edited copy for your review and approval. The only changes allowed at this point are those related to accuracy of the information or to clarification of the content.