Mandatory continuing education

  1. There are currently two bills, one in the State Senate and one in the State Assembly, which would require 45 hours of continuing education every three years to renew our licenses in New York State.

    I am interested in how other NYS nurses feel about this? I know other states have been doing it.

    Thank you for all replys
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    I hold licences for both the states of New York, and Massachusettes. In MA, you're required to have a bunch of CEU's every TWO years to maintain licensure. Honestly?? I don't have a problem with this. With the constant advances in healthcare, there's plenty of new learning to make such requirements worth while.

    Good topic!

    Ted
  4. by   suzanne4
    Many states are already requiring these hours. If you get certified in ACLS and PALS every two years you will alomost have all of your hours. There are alwys inservices at hospitals plus specialty group meetings if you belong to any. There are CEUs available in many nursing magazines as well as on-line.

    I really wouldn't worry about it...........You are probably getting more than that already.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I think this is a good thing and one I hope Illinois will endorse soon. CEUs are very necessary to stay current in our profession.
  6. by   LadyT618
    CEUs are cool! I'm a nursing student, and I do the CE tests that are in AJN and Nursing2004 magazines. I can't wait til I'm a RN to do them and they will actually count towards something.
  7. by   nowplayingEDRN
    When I worked for the federal government, we were encouraged to maintain about 20 CEUs a year and I must say that I miss it. I think that it would be a very good thing if it became mandatory in NYS to complete x-amount of CEUs every so many years. Like it was stated in an earlier post by another fellow NY nurse, health care is evcer changing and there has got to be a way to stay current and remain marketable........and keep practicing safely. Bring it on.
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    I think continuing education is a great thing and there is nothing wrong with requiring a certain amount of it to keep up with all the advances in medicine and care of clients.
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    I think the 15 which are required in Mass, are enough...We usually far surpass that but with a big busy family anything to the degree of 45 just isn't feasible EVERY time, for me, and quite frankly, not necessary...
  10. by   susanmary
    Last edit by susanmary on Jan 14, '05

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