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How to Prepare for your RN CEU

If you are an organized person, you probably want to make sure that when it comes time to renew your nursing license, you're as ready as you can be for the process. While there are a limited number of things you can do to prepare for your CEU requirements until it's actually time to fulfill them, you can make sure you gather all the information you need and ask all the questions you have ahead of time so that there are no surprises. Your state licensing board, your academic advisor, and your employer are three people you should be sure to talk to in order to help yourself prepare for your RN CEU requirements.

Talk to your state licensing board

Your state licensing board should be one of your first contact points for information about your RN CEU. Since this is where the requirements for renewing your license are set, staff there will have all the up to date information you need, and will be able to answer any and all questions you have about the relicensing process. Even if you think you know all you need to about your requirements, it's a good idea to touch base with someone at your state licensing board just to be sure your information is up to date. Licensing and relicensing requirements can change based on medical advancements or healthcare laws in your state, or at the fedearl level, and you want to be sure that you know exactly what is required of you. This is especially true if you have renewed your license before, to be sure there haven't been any major changes since then.

Talk to your academic advisor

Though your RN CEU requirements are needed for your career, they are educational, so your academic advisor can be a good resource for you, as well. He or she can talk to you about what courses you can take, what would be beneficial to your field of nursing, and when different courses are offered. An academic advisor can give you the information you need from the educational perspective of your CEUs. He or she can tell you more about the courses available for your CEUs, what's involved in taking the courses, and what benefits particular classes would have for your career. The state licensing board can give you the basic required information you need, but an academic advisor can give you more in-depth information about different courses and options to fulfill your requirements.

Talk to your employer

Your employer may not have the information you need about your CEU requirements, you may be able to get some good advice about what specific courses would be beneficial to your career. Your employer may have specific courses you should take that would help you be a more valuable nurse at that healthcare facility, or would expand your skills and knowledge to help you in your daily work. Your supervisor may have particular courses in mind that would be good for you to take, especially as techniques are developed and changed in the healthcare field. In fact, your employer may have continuing education courses that are required to keep up with your skills and knowledge to complete your daily tasks.

Being organized means being prepared, and for nurses, being prepared often means being ready for the license renewal process in your state. When it comes to your RN CEU requirements, knowledge should be your best and first resource. Talking to your state licensing board, your academic advisor, and your employer can give you information you need about how to renew your nursing license, and can answer your questions about the process. Once you have the information you need, you can move forward, renew your license, and keep helping people through your career as a nurse.

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