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!