Beware The Evil CEU Requirement

  1. Thanks for the hard won words of wisdom. I have always been a bit haphazard in my recordkeeping but Your story reminds me of how important those ceu's are....
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  3. by   CraigB-RN
    CEU's are alway important, whether the state you are in needs them or not. I have them listed as an item on my CV, and I'konw that it helped in my last job application. There are plenty of free or cheap offerings out there. I've done all the Free offerings that you can find here, and I general pay the 8-12 bucks for the CEU's out of the journals.

    It alsow help keep up with parts of nursing that I don't touch very often.

    My problem isn't taking them it's keeping track of them. All I do now is put them in an envelope. I need to find abetter way.
  4. by   Brownms46
    It must depend on the state you are dealing with. I'm originally licensed in Texax, and had no problem renewing my license after having it expired at least 9yrs prior. My agency had to pay some back fees, but other than that there were no other problems. But I had wondered about being able to get it since CEUs were required when I prior to be changing states.

    I do however have lots of CEUs, as I like to learn, and take advantage of the many free CEUs available online. Sorry to hear you had a problem. Some states are bears about getting licensure period! Like Cali...jeeze!

    Brownie
  5. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by NursePooh:
    <STRONG>I'm telling this as a cautionary tale so hopefully others can avoid this pitfall I have tripped over. I was originally licensed in the state of Louisiana, which has a CEU requirement. I was there from 1994 (fresh out of school) to 1997. Then my military husband was transferred to Maryland. Maryland has no CEU requirement; the only thing you have to do for relicensure is to work 1000 hours in 5 years I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be going back to Louisiana, but Uncle Sam has other ideas. So I call the state board and find out that I am expected to meet their CEU requirement for relicensure I would be eligible for relicensure by endorsement if my original license had been from any other state. Now I am kicking myself for all those dumb inservices I attended where I never bothered to obtain CEUs because my state didn't require them and I didn't want to pay for them. Worse yet, I haven't worked in the past 14 months. I'll probably end up having to take a freaking refresher course The moral of this story...if you were originally licensed in a state with CEU requirements, and there's ANY chance you might someday move back, better keep up!</STRONG>

    I'm not trying to insult you in anyway shape or form ! I just read your nurse practice act, and there seems to be a few loop holes in getting renewing your license there. Also you say you haven't worked in 14 months, but the practice act refers to the previous calender year...2000. Did you work full time then? The CEU requirements are only 5..with fulltime employment, and 10 with just 160hrs of work. Is it possible for you to call the hospital you were working at, and obtain CEUs for the inservices, you did there? I would also write them, and find out if you could use the fact, that your husband was military, as the extenuating circumtances: . The individual presents evidence of an emergency or extenuating circumstances. At the time of filing an application for relicensure based on an exception, the licensee shall attach documentation of the exception.

    "The licensee served on active duty in the armed forces for a minimum of six months during the licensure period."

    Like another poster stated, that there are many free ceus online, and your boards states:
    "There is no limit on the number of contact hours that may be earned through independent study".

    You can follow this link to a site of free ceus online...http://www.nurseceu.com/free.htm

    I hope some of this helps, and provides you with something you may not have discover already for yourself. Good luck!

    Brownie
  6. by   P_RN
    Brownie thanks for the neat site!
  7. by   NursePooh
    I'm telling this as a cautionary tale so hopefully others can avoid this pitfall I have tripped over. I was originally licensed in the state of Louisiana, which has a CEU requirement. I was there from 1994 (fresh out of school) to 1997. Then my military husband was transferred to Maryland. Maryland has no CEU requirement; the only thing you have to do for relicensure is to work 1000 hours in 5 years I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be going back to Louisiana, but Uncle Sam has other ideas. So I call the state board and find out that I am expected to meet their CEU requirement for relicensure I would be eligible for relicensure by endorsement if my original license had been from any other state. Now I am kicking myself for all those dumb inservices I attended where I never bothered to obtain CEUs because my state didn't require them and I didn't want to pay for them. Worse yet, I haven't worked in the past 14 months. I'll probably end up having to take a freaking refresher course The moral of this story...if you were originally licensed in a state with CEU requirements, and there's ANY chance you might someday move back, better keep up!
  8. by   NursePooh
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>
    I'm not trying to insult you in anyway shape or form ! I just read your nurse practice act, and there seems to be a few loop holes in getting renewing your license there. Also you say you haven't worked in 14 months, but the practice act refers to the previous calender year...2000. Did you work full time then? The CEU requirements are only 5..with fulltime employment, and 10 with just 160hrs of work. Is it possible for you to call the hospital you were working at, and obtain CEUs for the inservices, you did there? I would also write them, and find out if you could use the fact, that your husband was military, as the extenuating circumtances: . The individual presents evidence of an emergency or extenuating circumstances. At the time of filing an application for relicensure based on an exception, the licensee shall attach documentation of the exception.

    "The licensee served on active duty in the armed forces for a minimum of six months during the licensure period."

    Like another poster stated, that there are many free ceus online, and your boards states:
    "There is no limit on the number of contact hours that may be earned through independent study".

    You can follow this link to a site of free ceus online...http://www.nurseceu.com/free.htm

    I hope some of this helps, and provides you with something you may not have discover already for yourself. Good luck!

    Brownie </STRONG>
    Wow! I want to thank you for your interest; I barely made it through a reading of Louisiana's nurse practice act, and I NEED the information. Anyway, I am going to try and get them to make an exception for me. I think they are acting as though I stayed in the state and simply did not bother keeping up my license. It irritates me that I can't get a license by endorsement. I don't think the armed forces clause will help because it's my husband who is active duty. I worked full time for only the first 3 months of 2000; then burned out and quit abruptly. So I can't imagine THAT facility would be too disposed towards assisting me in any way
    The whole situation is going to have to go on the back burner for a bit anyway, as my packers arrive in 12 days and I am going bonkers trying to deal with the moving circus. I bookmarked the website you mentioned for future use...I didn't know there was such a thing as free CEUs

    You'd think a state which has such low salaries and 300 nurses off scabbing in Minneapolis would want to make relicensure a bit easier, tho, no?
  9. by   NursePooh
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>
    Like another poster stated, that there are many free ceus online, and your boards states:
    "There is no limit on the number of contact hours that may be earned through independent study".

    You can follow this link to a site of free ceus online...http://www.nurseceu.com/free.htm

    I hope some of this helps, and provides you with something you may not have discover already for yourself. Good luck!

    Brownie </STRONG>
    Brownie, thank you SO MUCH for that website link! I already checked it out, and it is going to be an amazing help in my quest for relicensure. I may even get it done BEFORE my move (I'd rather read than pack and clean any day of the week) I am one of those old-fashioned learners who needs to read from paper and get my hands on it, so I can see I am gonna burn through a lot of printer ink! But I love to study, and perhaps this project will reignite my love for nursing that actually working as a nurse burned out of me
  10. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by NursePooh:
    <STRONG>Brownie, thank you SO MUCH for that website link! I already checked it out, and it is going to be an amazing help in my quest for relicensure. I may even get it done BEFORE my move (I'd rather read than pack and clean any day of the week) I am one of those old-fashioned learners who needs to read from paper and get my hands on it, so I can see I am gonna burn through a lot of printer ink! But I love to study, and perhaps this project will reignite my love for nursing that actually working as a nurse burned out of me </STRONG>

    NursePooh I'm sooooo happy to read your post! You're very welcome, and glad to hear you're excited about nursing again! I'm so glad I could help . Take care, have a safe trip, and let us know when you get your license renew

    P_RN..you're very welcome! Here is another site that maybe useful also. http://www.medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm. This site not only has FREE CEUs, but has links to other sites with Free CEUs also! .
    Enjoy!

    Brownie
  11. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by NursePooh:
    <STRONG>Brwonie, I am getting an error message stating that URL is not found on this server. It happened both using IE and Netscape Anybody else have any luck?</STRONG>
    I had the same problem...but when I pulled it up through search..I got the site! Let's try this again. If the link doesn't work...do a search for free CEUs, and "Free nursing Ceus online", and click on it. Heres the link again: http://www.medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm

    Brownie
  12. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>I had the same problem...but when I pulled it up through search..I got the site! Let's try this again. If the link doesn't work...do a search for free CEUs, and "Free nursing Ceus online", and click on it. Heres the link again: http://www.medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm

    I tried it, and it works!!
    Brownie </STRONG>
  13. by   NursePooh
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>Here is another site that maybe useful also. http://www.medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm. This site not only has FREE CEUs, but has links to other sites with Free CEUs also! .
    Enjoy!

    Brownie </STRONG>
    Brwonie, I am getting an error message stating that URL is not found on this server. It happened both using IE and Netscape Anybody else have any luck?
  14. by   NursePooh
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    [qb]I had the same problem...but when I pulled it up through search..I got the site! Let's try this again. If the link doesn't work...do a search for free CEUs, and "Free nursing Ceus online", and click on it. Heres the link again: http://www.medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm

    I tried it, and it works!!
    Brownie </STRONG>
    [/QB]
    Worked today for me, too...guess my computer was just tired yesterday

    Thanks again!

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