I searched the Florida board of nursing site, google, ANCC, and nursing blogs and could find no list of Florida board approved ceu providers. I did see accounts on nursing forums of ceu providers falsely claiming to be board approved, no shock there (where there's a will there's a buck). I finally emailed the board of nursing before investing my time let alone money. I received a prompt response from Serina McGlockton, was referred the to cue broker CE Broker and this is what I found out.
Provider verification is handled through the CE broker not the Florida board of nursing.
Once into the ce broker site (Bing/Google it): click on quick links Florida course (left side page) > choose profession > select advance search (bottom left) > select option desired (you need the Florida provider number [50-????] to verify the provider) > input appropriate data.
According to the CE broker rep I spoke with, although approval is course by course - if the Florida board approves a provider, all their ceu courses are accepted even if the course may not be listed on the CE broker site, which many are not.
Florida ceu requirements from Florida board site:
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. This two-hour DV course is in addition to the required 24 hours of general CE
Section 456.031, Florida Statutes was revised in 2006 to require the two-hour domestic violence (DV) course be taken as part of every third biennial re-licensure or re-certification.
If you were already licensed in 2006, the DV requirement is due within 6 years (2012) and then every 6 years thereafter
If you were licensed in 2007 or after, the DV requirement is due within 6 years of the licensure date and every 6 years thereafter
The following materials are also considered for Florida ceus (I have no clue about verifying approval for these):
Nursing practice areas and special health care problems.
Biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences.
Legal aspects of health care.
Management/administration of health care personnel and patient care.
Teaching/learning process of health care personnel and patients.
Subjects at an accredited education institution that are taken and are advanced beyond that completed for original licensure.
Personal development subject matter, must include application of content as it relates to improved patient care.
*Useful notes for Florida
So every third cycle you need 26 not 24 credits. I chose ceuprofessor.com cause they had a package deal that suited me and it turned out to be pretty user friendly. Couple days and I was done and I think they're forwarded to the board as soon as you pass each test.
Another spin you might run into is that when I input the Florida board number from the ceuprofessor site, it didn't pull up ceuprofessor as the provider but Magellan Group LLC with no mention of cueprofessor nor did the ceuprofessor site mention Magellan upfront - but a google search connected the two and Cebroker verified as much. Once you've passed a course the Megellan Group does show up on your completed ceu page.
Yet another spin is that the ceu professor site offers an option that conveniently breaks down courses into categories, one of them being Florida mandated courses. However, they list 14 mandated courses while only 3 are mandated by the Florida board - Hiv, domestic violence, and medication errors.
Hope this post saves one nurse the hours it took me to figure things out.