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
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.