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No matter your specialty, nursing requires you to be quick on your feet and to keep your skills sharp. One thing that helps nurses brush up on existing skills and learn new ones is Continuing Education. Read below to learn more about Continuing Education and why it’s so important.
What is Continuing Education?
As a registered nurse, you are required to maintain a certain number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year. This number is determined by the states in which you hold nursing licenses. Although it varies, each state requires between 10-25 CEUs which must be renewed every 1-3 years to maintain a nursing license. A few states do not require registered nurses to take CEUs.
Almost all staff nursing jobs require CEUs each year, even if the state license doesn’t. Travel nurses are required to maintain the appropriate number of CEUs for the state licenses they hold, plus any additional as required by the facilities in which they are working.
How Do I Earn CEUs?
CEUs are monitored carefully by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which oversees all nursing licenses and nursing schools. CEUs can be earned through a variety of channels, including speakers, presentations, online modules and testing. However, it is important to make sure that any CEUs you earn are from ANCC-accredited program.
Many hospitals offer CEUs, and they can easily be earned during an assignment. Travel Nurse Across America offers its traveler nurses free Continuing Education through CE Direct. There is no limit to the number of courses a traveler can take, and transcripts can be accessed easily anytime. For a more adventurous approach, you can even take a CEU cruise, where you can earn CEUs while you have fun with other medical professionals!
Whether you’re wanting to learn new technology or just make sure you have the requirements to maintain all of your state licenses, CEUs are an important part of any travel nurse’s career. Keep yours up to date and keep costs down by taking advantage of the free CEUs offered by Travel Nurse Across America. Not yet a TNAA traveler? Click here to apply today!