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
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