Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

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    As our gift to the nursing community, allnurses has compiled a list of cutting edge FREE continuing education programs found on the web. Each course listed is free and most have been approved by American Nurses Credentialing Corp (ANCC) or ANCC affiliate.

    Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

    Note: Links updated 3/8/15. Several courses listed to expire 3/31/15 but may be updated to next years date. Please check CE expiration date prior to taking course after this date.


    Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses (Web-based) 2.6 ce; Expires 8/12/15

    Heart Disease Cardiovascular Health:The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing

    1 ce

    Organ Donation:

    Think, Care, Act: The Role of the Nurse in Organ and Tissue Donation 3.4 ce expires March 22, 2015

    Pain Management: (ce course)1ce

    PainEDU CE Course -several 1ce -free registration required.

    Safe Prescribing for Pain - Medscape free registraion required 1.25 ce

    Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Rx Drugs 1.75ce


    Abbott nutrition: has over 100 therapeutic nutrition and healthcare courses, can search for Neonatal, Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric topics. Most are 1.0 CE, few have more credits.

    Selected topics include:

    CMS never events and litigation: a roadmap to stopping never events

    Nurse currents: neonatal skin care: evidence-based update
    NICU Currents: nutrient requirements for premature infants
    Be Knowledgeable About Breastfeeding
    Counseling Mothers and Families about Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Concerns
    Emerging Research on the Role of Specific Nutrients on Cognitive and Visual Development
    Enteral Nutrition for Premature Infants

    An overview of cultural competency: focusing on cultural awareness

    Improving Patient Outcomes: Considerations in the New Healthcare Landscape
    Your Collaborative Role in Reducing Readmissions

    Emerging role of lutein across the life span: part 1 - focus on the infant (self-study program)
    Emerging role of lutein across the life span: part 2 - focus throughout life

    Glycemic control: strategies for managing the hospitalized patient
    Nursing currents: a model for improving pressure ulcer and nutritional outcomes in the adult inpatient population
    Updates on Head and Neck Cancer Patient Care: Conquering Clinical and Nutrition Obstacles
    Updates on Lung Cancer Patient Care: Conquering Clinical and Nutrition Obstacles


    eDiabetes: John Hopkins The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing
    1 ce each

    National Diabetes Education Initiative
    Diabetes at work: what's depression got to do with it? 1.5 ce
    The road to health toolkit 2.5 ce
    Capacity building for diabetes outreach: a comprehensive tool kit for organizations serving asian and pacific islander communities 12 ce
    Diabetes at Work: What's Depression Got to Do with It? 1.0 ce

    Reproductive Health:

    CDC: reproductive health - each 1.2 contact hours

    Self-study std module - vaginitis
    Self-study std module - hsv
    Self-study std module - hpv
    Self-study std module - pid
    Self-study std module - gonorrhea
    Adolescent Sexual Health Webinar Series: Contraception Counseling: Quick Start, Emergency Contraception, & Oral Contraceptive Pills (Web on Demand) 1.0 ce


    TB 101 for health care workers 1.1 ce
    Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know (Print-based) 6.5 ce
    multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (mdr tb) and extensively-drug resistant (xdr) tb 1.5 ce
    Pertussis: Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis - Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations 1 ce


    Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers view webinars 1ce

    American Nurses Association:

    Free CE for Members

    Thirty free 1-2 hr ce courses available to ANA members; $ for non-members
    choices include:

    Caring for patients while respecting their privacy: renewing our commitment
    Compassion fatigue: a requisite nursing agenda
    Crucial conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high
    Developing delegation skills
    Growing future nurse leaders to build and sustain healthy work environments at the unit level
    Influencer: the power to change anything
    Moral courage in healthcare: acting ethically even in the presence of risk
    Rural nursing: practice and issues
    The sacred ethos of the everyday world of nursing
    Whistleblowing as a failure of organizational ethics
    Workplace violence: the nurse victim

    The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing: continuing education home

    Each eliterature review is a quick, easy read, delivered to participants through email, as web-based activities, or as podcasts.

    Ahead of the Curve: The Diagnostic & Therapeutic Challenge
    eNeonatal Review 15 different reviews include

    Gannett Education free ce - 40 courses available, 1 ce each

    Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes
    Transitons of Care
    Onocologic Breast Reconstruction Today

    Medscape/Medscape Nursing - free registration required

    Talking With Patients About the Affordable Care Act: Preventive Services for the Family
    EHRs and HIPAA: Steps for Maintaining the Privacy and Security of Patient Information
    The Nurse View: Nursing Support for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer
    Best Practices for Tracking and Maintaining Effective TAVR Clinical Programs
    First-Time Guidelines Address Stroke Risk, Prevention in Women
    Fractures in Children: Identifying Abuse
    New Guidelines Advise Longer Labor Time to Avoid Cesareans
    Surrogate Decision Making in Hospitalized Elderly Patients
    Does Double Mastectomy Cut Deaths From Hereditary Breast Cancer?

    The Nurse View: Caring for Patients with Advanced Triple Negative Breast Cancer
    NPs talk about how to manage adverse effects and support patients undergoing
    treatment for advanced triple negative breast cancer.

    Access to Healthy Food: Clinicians Take Action
    Managing Diabetes in the Long-Term Care Setting: Strategies and Tools
    Optimizing Discharge Planning and Early Outpatient Care in Heart Failure
    The Nurse View: Key Insights Along the CML Continuum
    Patient Goal-Directed Care for Older Adults With Multiple and Complex Conditions
    Talking with Patients about the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Access to Care for Serious Illness
    A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice

    1 contact hour (ce) = 0.1 ceu
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    Please contact the Admin Team via Help Desk link if you know of a professional organization offering free nursing contact hours/ CEU's for review and possible inclusion on this list.


    States Requiring Continuing Education:
    Please check your state Board of Nursing for requirements as some require specific courses to meet licensure. Link to Boards of Nursing
    found bottom of every Allnurses web page.

    24 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    15 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    RN: 30 hours/two years
    LPN: 24 hours/two years

    RN: 24 hours/two years
    LPN: None required

    24 hours/two years

    20 hours/two years

    36 hours/three-year license
    24 hours/license issued less than three years

    30 hours/two years

    14 hours/year

    Full time RN: Five hours/year
    Part-time RN: 10 hours/year
    Inactive RN: 15 hours/yr

    15 hours/two years

    25 hours/two years

    RN: 24 hours/two years
    LPN: 12 hours/two years

    20 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years

    30 hours/two years


    Five hours/four years


    30 hours (or 15 hours + other nursing activities)/two years

    12 hours/two years


    24 hours/two years


    30 hours/two years


    36 hours/three years


    10 hours/two years


    30 hours/two years


    20 hours/two years


    30 hours (or 15 hours and 200 licensed practice hours)/two years


    RN: 12 hours/two years
    LPN: 24 hours/two years

    20 hours/two years (or other nursing activities)
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    Please provide feedback regarding these courses in this thread:

    Discuss Free Nursing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 16, '12
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    Why did I never see this before?

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    Texas requires 20 hours every two years. There are a lot of free CE courses on Most relate to pedi, but there are some really good topics. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) also offers many free courses to its members. likes this.
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    Thank you!
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    Thank you, Karen, this list is great. I will be taking some of these courses and pass along to my peers.
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    I've reviewed and updated free CE articles list -removed expired courses, added new ones and updated links. Please PM me for any link issues.

    Note: Links updated 3/8/15. Several courses listed to expire 3/31/15 but may be updated to next yr.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 11
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    New to this, thanks a bunch!

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