i don't know why, but the alabama board of nursing web site's continuing education page says they are no longer accepting ceus from medceu . they give a phone number and contact person to call to ask questions about this change...
alabama requires 24 hours ceu's (1/2 or more must be "classroom" learning rather than self-study ceus).
now i'll speak to the off-line (book/journal/module) ceu point:
i also like the feel of a book and scratch of a pencil. i am a member of two nursing associations (national association of neonatal nurses and academy of neonatal nursing), each of which has journals which often include ceu offerings. being a member, the prices are less for me than a non-member.
my most favorite place to obtain ceus is ncc (national certification center) where i received my certification in intensive care nursery nursing. i'm able to use their ceus to keep my rnc (specialty certification) active--- we renew it every 3 years. they have a continuing education program of self-learning modules where if you use 3 of their modules (15 ceus each) your certification maintenance renewal is $50 instead of $100. using 1 module toward the certification renewal requirement drops the price from $100 to $70 and if you use 2 its about $60. the modules are a bit expensive but some come with books... the others come with several published journal articles. i find them to be very educational and completely relavent to my specialty area.
ncc also certifies nurses in many other specialties, mostly relating to the maternal-child division areas (high risk inpatient obstetric nursing, low risk obstetric, neonatal nurse practitioner, intensive care nursery nurse, mother-baby, low risk neonatal, telephone triage, breastfeeding, external fetal monitoring, etc.)
anyway, i'd imagine lots of other certifying organizations as well as nursing organizations that have journals with a focus on other nursing areas would have similar set ups.
i like to obtain ceus from regular med/surg journals and other areas to keep abreast of changes. boy a nurse sure can get behind quickly if we don't keep up with things regularly! i like to go to our hospital library and read the journals there. i can also make a xerox copy of the answer sheet and then mail it in with the payment. it's a bit more expensive since i'm not a member of an organization that publishes these other journals but that's ok with me...
i also like attending ceu seminars and workshops once in a while for networking and just hanging out with old and meeting new people.
here's to keeping current! somehow it's more fun to study and learn when we are not in class in a situation where we have
ncc web site
nann web site
ann (neonatal network journal) web site