First, per ANCC the term CEU is outdated. Units used to be 10 contact hours. The term contact hours is more accurate. Next, Texas Rule 216 states the continuing nursing education requirement is 20 contact hours. It goes on to define what is NOT CNE (for instance, anything you would have learned in nursing school
, or CPR ,etc). The TNA website (www.ttexasnurses.org
) has some free CNE. ANCC, ENA, AHA, CCRN - there are lots of organizations providing CNE. They are usually good in every state, unless that particular state has rules, like Texas, stating what is NOT acceptable. I go to vendor's websites for free CNE - like Baxter, or to Nursing Medscape.
Last year Texas BON established a new rule that nurses must have their CNE in the area in which they practice. Many things are generic, like critical thinking, conflict resolution, ethics---, but you should also look for CNE on topics that pertain to what you do at work. Happy learning!