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What if I'm Close to the Deadline for my Nursing CEU Credits?

Your nursing CEU credits are required for renewing your nursing license. And though you probably knew about them from the beginning, sometimes deadlines can sneak up on you. You can get busy with work or family and friends, and before you know it, the deadline is approaching and you haven't fulfilled your requirements yet. No one wants to be in a position of feeling like you might not be able to renew your license because of a deadline, but even if you're running short on time, a little organization and preparation can help you so you can continue to work in the healthcare field.

Find out the exact deadlines

This is the first and most important step. Contact your state licensing board and find out exactly when your deadlines are for CEUs, for paperwork, and when you have to get your new nursing license. Knowing the exact dates will help you plan out what you need to do between now and the deadlines to make sure you can renew your license.

You should also find out if there are any grace periods for any of these dates, as well. You may actually find you have more time than you originally thought, which can take some of the pressure off of you, and give you extra time to figure out your requirements.

Find out the exact requirements

Along with finding out exact deadlines for your CEUs, it's important to find out all the details of your requirements. You need to know exactly what's expected of you in order to renew your nursing license. This includes details about your continuing education courses, but also any paperwork you have to fill out, identification you have to provide, and even educational records that may need to be requested from your nursing school. As you get closer to your deadline for renewing your license, it's even more important that you know what you need to do and be as organized as possible. This will help prevent any complications or obstacles at the last minute that could prevent you from renewing your license.

Work with your state licensing board and school

If you are close to the deadlines, your state licensing board and nursing school may be willing to make accommodations for you to make sure you can renew your license. You have to be willing to work with them, as well. For example, if you're particularly close to the deadline, there may be extra paperwork to fill out, or an additional fee to consider. However, if you talk to the state licensing board and your school, you may be able to work something out to prevent a lapse in your nursing license.

Be as flexible as possible

As you get closer to the deadlines you have to be more willing to be flexible to make sure you get everything done in time to renew your license. This means you may not get into the CEU courses you hoped to, and you may not get the time slots you would have liked, but in order to make sure you get everything done, you have to be as flexible as possible. This is especially true if your state licensing board or nursing school are making accommodations for you. After all, the important thing is to be able to renew your license and fulfill your nursing CEU credits.

If you're getting close to your deadlines to renew your nursing license, the good news is that it's still possible. You may not be able to take the exact courses you would like, and it may be more complicated than it would otherwise be, but it can be done. Deadlines can sneak up on you, and it can be frustrating to scramble to try and work everything out. Fortunately, with patience, organization, and flexibility, you can meet your requirements and renew your license, and be much better prepared for the next time you have to renew your license.

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