Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

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by NRSKarenRN NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN (Guide)

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience.

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

Updated 9/22/2020

CDC Train

CDC Train has over 500 + public health topics, most are free and offer CE

Examples:

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know in 2020

Applying CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids -13 modules

Applying Therapeutic Communication: Enhance Patient Care Through Engagement & Building Trust

NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours: Part 1 +2

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses

Diabetes Education

CDC National Initiative:  The road to health toolkit

American Diabetes Association E learning

https://professionaleducation.diabetes.org/Public/Catalog/Main.aspx

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Basics of Diabetes Care

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Older Adults

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Psychosocial Care

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Diabetic Kidney Disease

2020 Diabetes is Primary: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Environmental Health

Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (1 CE each)

Cystic Fibrosis | Adherence & Technology

Cystic Fibrosis | Multiple Inhaled ANX Regimens

Cystic Fibrosis | New Directions In CF Therapies

HIV | Aging With HIV: New Insights

HIV | Contemporary ART and Metabolic Effects

Multiple Sclerosis | Disease Burden Management & HRQoL

Multiple Sclerosis | Fall 2020: New Advances in MS Medications

Multiple Sclerosis | Strategies to Reduce Pregnancy/Postpartum Relapse Risk

Searching The Literature | A Step-By-Step Guide   2 CE

Teach Back: A Tool to Ensure Patient Understanding .50 CE

Viral Hepatitis | HBV Spring 2020: State of the Research

Nutrition

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute: 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

Patient Care in the NICU: Death of a Neonate

Emerging Research on the Role of Specific Nutrients on Cognitive and Visual Development

Improving Patient Outcomes: Considerations in the New Healthcare Landscape

Improving Patient Outcomes: New Insights and Evidence on the Importance of Muscle and Targeted Nutrition

Reproductive Health

CDC: reproductive health - each 1.0 contact hours 

National STD Curriculum

A free educational website from the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center  --funded by CDC 

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HSV
  • HPV
  • PID
  • Syohillis
  • Vaginitis

Respiratory

TB 101 for health care workers

Smith Medical online CE

  • Capnography
  • Humidification: It's All Relative
  • Roadmap to Airway Clearance and Lung Expansion
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: A Clinical Approach to Prevention

Passey Muir:

  • Application of Passy Muir Swallowing and Speaking Valves
  • Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Valve Use: Success Through Teamwork
  • Tracheostomy: Procedures, Timing, and Tubes
  • Ventilator Basics for the Non-Respiratory Therapists*
  • Interdisciplinary Decision Making with Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation
  • How You Breathe Matters: Swallowing Safely
  • Early Intervention for the Ventilated ICU Patient: Use It or Lose It!

School Nursing

National Association of School Nurses offers many free courses with membership

Talking with Children about Medication: From Ethics to Patient Education

Considering the Children of Parents with Mental Illness: Impact on Behavioral and Social Functioning

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Chronic Health Conditions - The School Nurse Role in Promoting Health Equity

Using the WSCC Model to Implement Wellness Policies and Sustain Chronic Health Condition Management in Schools

Skills-based Approach to Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools: Online

Chronic Health Condition Considerations During School Re-Opening

Using Your End of Year Data to Tell Your Story: Paint By Numbers

Data 101: Using School Nurse Data as a Force for the Future

National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, (and) Words CAN Hurt Me: A Trauma-Informed Understanding of Bullying

Sudden Death On a School Campus: Impact and Response

Schools and Grief: Helping Students Cope with Death

Child Sexual Abuse  multiple listings

Vaccinations

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

Medline University.org

Unlimited access to over 200 free Continuing Education courses for healthcare professionals.   

  • EKG Interpretation and Response
  • Basic Cardiac Monitoring: Understanding Fundamentals (4.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Hospice Care: Home Versus the Long Term Care Facility - 0.5 CE (For Nurses)
  • Recognizing the Impaired Nurse in the Workplace (2.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Identifying and Managing Impaired Staff (2.0 CE for Nurses)
  • The Human Immune System: When it Turns Against the Body (1.0 CE for Nurses)
  • Preventing Adverse Events in the Home Health Environment

Medscape Education        

Free registration required. CE credit ranges from .25 to 1.5 , many topics to select

HCV Guidance for Healthcare Workers by CDC

VTE Prevention in the Hospital: Who, How, and When?

A Stepwise Approach to Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Woman With Endometriosis

Prevent VTE TV -series of short 15 minute video's,  .25 courses includes

VTE Risk Assessment in Medically Ill Patients: What Does the Latest Evidence Suggest

VTE Prevention in the Hospital: Who, How, and When?

VTE Prevention and Transitions of Care: What to Do at and After Discharge

Nurse.com   

Evidence-Based Approaches to Pain Control   2.5 CE

Meeting the Challenge of Pediatric Pain Management   2.9 CE

Texas Health and Human Services Nurse CE

https://www.txhealthsteps.com/profession/nurse-cne

Childhood and Adolescent Depression

Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child Abuse

Advancing Health Equity in Texas through Culturally Responsive Care

Diabetes Screening, Diagnosis and Management

40 year(s) of experience in Home Care, Vents, Telemetry, Home infusion. Homecare Guru & Nursing Advocate. Loving Hubby + 2 adult sons. Needlepoint addict --watch out for needle sticks.

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NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,391 Posts

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.

NRSKarenRN

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.

ALABAMA

24 hours/two years

ALASKA

30 hours/two years

ARKANSAS

15 hours/two years

CALIFORNIA

30 hours/two years

DELAWARE

RN: 30 hours/two years

LPN: 24 hours/two years

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

RN: 24 hours/two years

LPN: None required

FLORIDA

24 hours/two years

ILLINOIS

20 hours/two years

IOWA

36 hours/three-year license

24 hours/license issued less than three years

KANSAS

30 hours/two years

KENTUCKY

14 hours/year

LOUISIANA

Full time RN: Five hours/year

Part-time RN: 10 hours/year

Inactive RN: 15 hours/yr

MASSACHUSETTS

15 hours/two years

MICHIGAN

25 hours/two years

MINNESOTA

RN: 24 hours/two years

LPN: 12 hours/two years

NEBRASKA

20 hours/two years

NEVADA

30 hours/two years

NEW HAMPSHIRE

30 hours/two years

NEW JERSEY

30 hours/two years

NEW MEXICO

30 hours/two years

NEW YORK

Five hours/four years

NORTH CAROLINA

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

NORTH DAKOTA

12 hours/two years

OHIO

24 hours/two years

PENNSYLVANIA

30 hours/two years

PUERTO RICO

36 hours/three years

RHODE ISLAND

10 hours/two years

SOUTH CAROLINA

30 hours/two years

TEXAS

20 hours/two years

UTAH

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

WEST VIRGINIA

RN: 12 hours/two years

LPN: 24 hours/two years

WYOMING

20 hours/two years (or other nursing activities)

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience. 2,589 Posts

Why did I never see this before?

:woot:

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iggywench

iggywench, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, school nursing. Has 11 years experience. 298 Posts

Texas requires 20 hours every two years. There are a lot of free CE Courses on txhealthsteps.org. 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.

Not Your Nurse

Not Your Nurse

Specializes in Emergency. Has 3 years experience. 5 Articles; 186 Posts

Thank you!

Tampa121

Tampa121

Specializes in ICU/CCU, Home Health, Case Management. Has 35 years experience. 104 Posts

Thank you, Karen, this list is great. I will be taking some of these courses and pass along to my peers.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,391 Posts

Hi:

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.

Edited by NRSKarenRN

ASPIRING2BGREAT

ASPIRING2BGREAT

316 Posts

New to this, thanks a bunch!

strawberryluv, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-surg. 768 Posts

Thanks for this! I will use them.

RussiaN

RussiaN

1 Post

Thank you, Karen! I have been refreshing my license every two years and then stopped doing so due the fact that I haven't been working as a nurse. Now I am thinking of renewing my Illinois license. These free CE classes are fine and good, tank you very much, but do they provide the legit certificates of completion, so I could submit mine here in Illinois after getting my required 20 hours?

jennifer_gail

jennifer_gail

Specializes in Home Health, Hospice, LTC. Has 3 years experience. 21 Posts

Medlineuniversity.org has quite a few as well, and all are free.