CEU Changes in Florida

  1. 9 I was going to do some CEU's today before school started and decided to check the BON's website. I'm glad I did because I didn't realize the CEU requirements in Florida has changed since I last renewed.

    Just thought I would share.

    Continuing Education - Florida Board of Nursing - Continuing Education

    All Florida-licensed RN's and LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal.
    Last edit by Tweety on Feb 10, '07
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    Tweety has '21' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Trauma, Med-Surg, Neuro, Telemetry'. From 'Saint Petersburg, Florida'; Joined Oct '02; Posts: 56,605; Likes: 29,019.

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  4. Visit  EmerNurse profile page
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    Thanks Tweety!! I didn't know about this change either and it's important to me to stay current. I've also sent the new info to my unit nurse educator so she can let people know!
  5. Visit  Southernurse profile page
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    [font=book antiqua]hey tweety! i am keeping my fl license active though i now live in tennessee and practice here too. i am thankful you shared, because they still require me to keep up. thanks again!:spin:
  6. Visit  hlfpnt profile page
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    Thank you, Tweety! I'm new to all this & have been trying to search for info on FL CEU requirements (even asked people at work) & couldn't find any...guess I just wasn't looking in the right place! Anyway, thank you !
  7. Visit  suehp profile page
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    Quote from Tweety
    I was going to do some CEU's today before school started and decided to check the BON's website. I'm glad I did because I didn't realize the CEU requirements in Florida has changed since I last renewed.

    Just thought I would share.

    Continuing Education - Florida Board of Nursing - Continuing Education

    All Florida-licensed RN's and LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 25 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal.

    Thanks for bringing thsi to our attention but I looked at the lin you gave and it states you need 24 hours of continuing education not 25 hours....so which one is correct


    "All Florida-licensed RN's and LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal."
  8. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Interesting because mine was a direct quote. They must have messed up and corrected it. I remember it always being 24. I'll change it to 24.
  9. Visit  Myxel67 profile page
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    Possibly the 25 hours is in the first renewal cycle only, because it includes the 1 hr 1 time HIV CEU. The 25 comes up in the answer to one of the "questions" below the statement of requirements. It is confusing--can't tell if they made a typo in the question (see 6th question) or if this particular question is including the HIV/AIDS as an extra 1 hr to be done before the first renewal. Below is cut & paste from DOH website.

    Or, is it possible they had a typo stating "25" in the first question, corrected it to 24, but neglected to correct the number in the 6th question. As I said-----VERY CONFUSING.

    Q: How many contact hours do I need to renew my license? I endorsed in from another state.
    A: All Florida-licensed RN's and LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal.

    Q: Can I use college courses for continuing education?
    A: Contact hours may be awarded for completion of credit courses in nursing at an accredited institution of higher learning. General education may not be used for C.E. credit.

    Q: How do college courses convert to contact hours?
    A: One credit hour per quarter converts to ten contact hours. One credit hour per semester converts to fifteen contact hours. In order to receive continuing education credit, retain transcripts or legible dated grade reports for four years in case you are audited.

    Q: Can I use hours I have earned in another state?
    A: Offerings that are approved by a state or national nursing organization empowered to accredit continuing education standards are approved for continuing education, with the exception of HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence which must be from a Florida-approved provider.

    Q: I have earned over 100 hours. Can I carry the balance over to the next renewal period?
    A: No, all hours must be earned within your renewal period and cannot be carried over.

    Q: I have received my renewal notice and have not completed my 25 contact hours. Can I mail my renewal in and complete my hours later?
    A: No, Nurses must complete C.E. requirements within the appropriate biennium. By sending in your renewal and fee you have affirmed that you have complied with all licensure renewal requirements.
    Last edit by Myxel67 on Feb 10, '07
  10. Visit  suehp profile page
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    Quote from Tweety
    Interesting because mine was a direct quote. They must have messed up and corrected it.

    I thought it was a direct quote - thats why I was confused...lol (doesnt take much!!!):roll
  11. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Myxel, perhaps we should email them and get clarification, which is what someone may have done and they didn't correct it every single place.

    I don't usually pay attention to the number of hours because I'm certified and need 150 every five years, so I make myself get at least 35 a year and I'm always way above what the state requires. So knowing what the minimum is wasn't an issue with me.
  12. Visit  suehp profile page
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    I have just emailed them (dont know if anyone else has) - will let you know when I hear anything.............
  13. Visit  Myxel67 profile page
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    Good deal! Thanks
  14. Visit  suehp profile page
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    OK just got a reply see below:

    "Thank you for your inquiry. The continuing education for Registered Nurses is 24 Hours (Total). The two hours of medical errors is included in the 24 hours. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (850)488-0595 ext. 3."
  15. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
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    Thank goodness.

    I had been doing the required HIV and Domestic Violence updates for the past decade, and the material covered rarely changed.


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