Don’t pay too much for your continuing education units. There are lots of places you can earn free CEU for nurses.
What Are CEU Credits?
In order to maintain your RN certification, you have to fulfill the continuing education requirements set by your state. For example, in Kansas RNs have to complete 30 contact hours every 2 years to maintain their license.
Check your state’s requirements so you can be prepared.
One contact hour is equal to 50 or 60 minutes of instruction in a board-approved nursing class or activity. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.
So you can see how quickly this can add up. That’s why it’s so important to find free options if you can.
Free Nursing CEUs
If you are looking for free continuing education for nurses, this list is for you.
Nurse.com Free RN CEUs
Nurse.com has a huge library of free courses. If you subscribe to their unlimited CE membership, you will gain access to 700+ library of courses. This could very well be the only place you have to go for education units.
Here are some free courses from Nurse.com:
- International Travel
- Evidence Collection and Preservation
- Recognizing Drug-Seeking Behavior
- Evidence-Based Approaches to Pain Control
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers free education as well.
- Updating Your Practice: The 2017 Sepsis Guidelines
- Show Your Stuff and Watch Your Tone: Nurse Caring Behaviors
Penn State College of Medicine
I trust the Penn State College of Medicine, and they have some very thorough classes you can take for free.
- Integrating Therapeutic Advances to Improve Current Practices in Myeloma Patient Care
- Multiple Myeloma Expert Roundtable: Risk Assessment, Minimal Residual Disease, and Precision Medicine
- Practical Approaches to Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Migraine
- Personalizing Multiple Myeloma Treatment For Maximum Benefit
If you want a comprehensive list of where to find nurse education opportunities, definitely browse the NurseCEU website. It has everything organized with credit length and cost and where to find it.
Another place to find free CEUs is to ask around. Network with other nurses and ask them where they are getting their units from. This is especially important when you consider that some states require concentrations in specific areas to maintain your license.
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