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Specializes in Nephrology/Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

I've been a dialysis nurse since 2006 but my previous employer, though I had fun and a grew up with them, does not incentivize employees for getting any certifications. I would say that most people will not pay several hundreds of dollars for initial certification and hundreds more for recerts and CEUs without any financial benefits to it, right?

My job is offering up to 2 steps promotion plus bonus after passing a job-related certification for the first time (recerts only get a small bonus). Getting these steps will not reset our time on my true promotion date.

I bought the Mometrix guide in 2019 but I have been strategically dragging the application process because I haven't gotten my step promotion back then and don't want my employer to accidentally combine my pay rate increase. Now I officially got bumped up and more testing sites/dates are opening-up (d/t COVID), I'm ready to restart the process.

My questions for those who are planning to take the exams or have taken it:

- Where do/did you get your CEUs?

-Have you tried or invested in https://www.andersonce.com/Catalog/Dialysis-Continuing-Education-Courses or any paid CEU sites?

- How about free sites such as Advanced Renal Education or even Medscape and taking general disease CEUs but related to renal such as hypertension and DM?

- Has NNCC rejected any CEUs from Medscape?

- Have you or did you invest in a paid online practice exam?

Zeek, LPN

Specializes in Nephrology/Dialysis. Has 40 years experience.

I have been in the field of dialysis for 35 years so I did not do a practice test. From my perspective, the NNCC does not care about where you get your CEU's from as long as they meet the guidelines and are from an accredited organization. My current employer has a meeting every year that we receive CE's for which I submit to NNCC for credit. They are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and have a provider number. I would go ahead and get that certification!!

integrativenurse, BSN

Specializes in Nephrology/Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

4 minutes ago, rhyde said:

I have been in the field of dialysis for 35 years so I did not do a practice test. From my perspective, the NNCC does not care about where you get your CEU's from as long as they meet the guidelines and are from an accredited organization. My current employer has a meeting every year that we receive CE's for which I submit to NNCC for credit. They are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and have a provider number. I would go ahead and get that certification!!

Thank you for your very long service in dialysis! I've been doing dialysis for a little over a decade and every time I do CE I learn something different. Thanks for your input.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

all the nurses in my clinic that are certified used AREP or national kidney foundation. All of their CEUs are free and accepted

integrativenurse, BSN

Specializes in Nephrology/Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

Checking them out right now. Thanks!