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How do you determine which CEU credits you take to meet your state-mandated renewal quota (if your state has one)? Do you just do the cheapest/freebies as you find them? Do you limit yourself to CEUs that pertain to your current nursing specialty? Do you take CEUs in whatever in nursing interests you? Do you have a favorite website that you just stick with? Or do you follow some other criteria entirely?

I'm just curious, since the state I'm planning on moving to requires more than my current state and I'm considering which additional CEU courses to take.

Thank you!

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The ones required by my state

Then ones pertaining to my specialty

Then ones that interest me

I see no value in completing CEUs specific to OB, when I've never worked there and don't ever intend to work there. Just because it's free doesn't mean anything to me.

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The ones required by my state

Then ones pertaining to my specialty

Then ones that interest me

I see no value in completing CEUs specific to OB, when I've never worked there and don't ever intend to work there. Just because it's free doesn't mean anything to me.

Thank you for your input! That's along the lines of what I've been doing/plan on doing. Every now and then I'll throw myself a bone, so to speak, and take something that is completely unrelated to the specialty I'm in but is something that's always interested me. I see what you mean about avoiding spending time on CEUs in a specialty you have no interest in whatsoever, though!

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I get a few CEUs from my hospital's required education (6 I think). You get CEUs from ACLS and PALS. After that, I do some of the free online things that interest me. I've taken a nursing course or two, and some of those 'certification-training' courses, and they can give CEUs.

I've also gone to conferences. I find conferences (if interested) fun, and can generate all of my required CEUs in a few days. They can be expensive. As an employee at my old job, I could go to some of our hospital/system conferences for free. Some I've paid out of pocket for because they interest me. And the food is usually tasty. :D

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I do something online and fast. I choose topics that interest me, not necessarily topics that I'll use in practice. Freebies are too disjointed to bother with. I like a smooth and easy process.

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I do a mix of things that are relevant to the patients I see and other topics that I'm just interested in, or apply to my own health.

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