CE at Renewal – Are You Renewal Ready?

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Since May 2015 was the beginning of mandatory renewal, when you MUST show proof of CE compliance before you can renew, it’s more important than ever that you know if you are renewal ready! “How do I know that?” you may ask. We’ll tell you. Or better yet, we’ll show you! Just watch the Department of Health’s latest “Are You Renewal Ready” video below.

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How does mandatory renewal work?

When you renew your license with the Florida Department of Health, they will instantly verify your records in CE Broker to ensure that all of your requirements have been met. If your continuing education records are up-to-date in CE Broker then you will be able to proceed through renewal with no interruptions. If credits still need to be reported when you go to renew, you will be redirected to your CE Broker account to report those. Once you’re finished you will be returned to finish your renewal. It is a seamless process, making your renewal quick and painless!

How the CE renewal process works.

What does having an account with CE Broker mean?

An account with CE Broker allows you to report your own course completions and review them in your Course History and CE Compliance Transcript. Once all your requirements are fulfilled, your CE Compliance Transcript will read “Complete.” When you are complete, you can renew your license knowing 100% that you are compliant with the Florida Department of Health. There are multiple account types, so choose the one that best fits your needs:

Basic Account– Free, no-frills way to report course completions and verify everything you have completed is entered into the system for renewal time.

Professional Account– Includes all the Basic features as well as access to your official CE Transcript, email renewal reminders and helpful tips, course alerts and digital storage for all of your completed certificates.

Concierge Account– Designed for the extra busy healthcare professional this is our full service account. You’ll be provided a personal reporting assistant who will report CME for you and provide expert service with any questions you may have along the way.



Course History for Compliance

The Course History is included for free with every type of CE Broker account (Basic, Professional and Concierge). You can use this tool to check your CE Compliance status prior to renewing your license. Use the Course History to stay on track and take the guesswork out of your CE process.

The Course History is a chronological listing of courses that have been reported to CE Broker. It includes courses posted by the educational provider and courses that may have self-reported yourself.

In the image below, you can see that your Course History will include the Course Name, Tracking #, Date Completed, who the course was submitted by, number of hours posted, the transcript name (since the Course History has the availability to track for multiple licenses) and you’ll see the Digital Storage option (available only for the Professional and Concierge Accounts).

Course History

To learn more, click through this slideshare on the Course History:

Massage Therapists – Looking for CE Providers?

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With Massage Therapy license renewal creeping up (by midnight of August 31st), you may be looking for some good educational providers to complete your CE with. We wanted to provide you with a list of some popular providers that report to CE Broker for you. (And why would you want to do that? That means less work for you!) And while these aren’t the only providers you can complete CE through, they are the ones that our CE Experts have noted as being popular among your peers.

1.    Elite (50-4007) —they have a couple package courses that are used for mandatory hours in Medical Errors, Professional Ethics, and Laws and Rules of the Board. Plus they can include some general hours in the package.

2.    Options for Wellness (50-2489)

3.    My CE National and CE Massage (50-12773)

4.    Institute for Natural Resources (50-3026)

5.    Paul Lewis (50-12931)

Note that as a Massage Therapist, you are not required to complete Florida board-approved courses. You can complete courses from nationally approved providers and it will still fulfill your requirements. Just make sure that you self-report those if they do not report to CE Broker for you!

For a more in-depth look at your CE requirements each biennium, have a look at this FAQ by clicking here.

How to report CE slideshare

It is completely free to report your CE. But keep in mind that approved educational providers are required to report completions to CE Broker within 90 days — although they normally report within an average of 14 days. This means that you will only need to self-report in certain circumstances. Either way — whether the educational provider reports for you or whether you self-report, the process will be completely free for you!

Not only is self-reporting free, but it’s also easy. Just click through the slideshare below to walk through the process:

11 Qualities Nurses Possess

Humor: One quality all nurses have to share to be able to get through the day.
Humor: One quality all nurses have to share to be able to get through the day.

Nursing is one of the oldest known professions. From important nurses in history like Florence Nightingale, Phoebe Levy Pember, Captain Sally Tompkins, Clara Barton, etc. there have been many advancements among the years that require immense amounts of adaptability from nurses. CE Broker is going to focus on highlighting some of those expected qualities that make a great nurse.

1. Empathy: Empathy can make all the difference in improving patient care and their overall experience. This can be just as easy as taking the time to really listen to what your patient has to say. Just recently Upworthy featured a story about how one creative nurse used his talent to show empathy to lonely patients. He even mentions that patient’s requested less pain medicine when shown a little extra personal care.

Upworthy video showcases one nurse's special talent.
Upworthy video showcases one nurse’s special talent.

2. Communication: As a nurse, it is extremely important to have good communication across all levels. “They have to be able to communicate with doctors, patients and coworkers in a very fast-paced environment,” says Jacksonville University School of Nursing. Communication is an all-encompassing term here. It is just as important to listen to others as it is to speak to them.

3. Emotional Stability: NursingLink weighs in on “Nursing [being] a stressful job where traumatic situations are common. The ability to accept suffering and death without letting it get personal is crucial. Some days can seem like non-stop gloom and doom.” Although they hit the nail on the head there, nursing has it’s amazing moments where a life can be saved right before your very eyes. Either way, it is important to maintain control of your emotions to perform at your very best.

4. Detail Oriented: Avoiding skipping steps and making errors can save someone else’s life and ultimately your job. Put yourself in your patient’s shoes and consider the care and attention to detail that you would expect if it were you being cared for.

5. Energy and Endurance: Shifts are long and you do not often get a break at all. Long hours of being on your feet can take a toll on your energy levels. Here are some great tips from NurseTogether on how to maintaining consistent energy levels all day while at work.

6. Thinking on your Toes: Emergency situations call for spur of the moment reactions. Be prepared for the unexpected and try keep as calm as possible in a moment of crisis. You will be much more helpful to your team if you are thinking clearly and not letting the crisis get the best of you.

7. Confidence: It is important to feel confident in your abilities and choices you make throughout your shift. No patient will feel comforted by your second guessing whether it is their arm or leg that needs amputating. (That is a bit extreme, but it supports the importance of being confident in what you are doing). Nursetogether.com has some tips on how to build your confidence in your nursing skills.

8. Friendliness: When working up to 12 hour shifts (or however long your shift may be), it becomes extremely important to get along with your staff. Camaraderie makes your shift much more enjoyable when you can spend it among happier, friendlier colleagues. On a deeper level, it can also increase the willingness of your coworkers helping you when you are in need. It’s also important to be friendly with your patients! Sometimes a nurse is the only friendly face a patient sees all day.

9. Be a Team Player: “True collaboration is a process, not an event. It must be ongoing and build overtime, eventually resulting in a work culture where joint communication and decision making between nurses and other disciplines and among nurses themselves becomes the norm,” states AMN Healthcare Education Services.

10. Delegation: You are amazing and are capable of so much, but you cannot always do things on your own. Know when to ask for help and be okay with that. Someone may ask for your help in the future! The goal of healthcare is not to be a one man show, but to show the best practice skills for the patient’s need.

11. Ethical: Abiding to moral and professional norms is very important in the workplace. American Nurses Association has a Code of Ethics for Nurses that was “developed as a guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession.”

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Sustainability- Conservation is good business


We are now offsetting electricity consumption for the Jacksonville, FL headquarters, servers and satellite offices with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). These certificates offset our consumption and add clean energy to the “grid.” By doing this, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; strengthening America’s energy independence and diversity; creating jobs in rural areas; and promoting sources of unlimited, emissions-free domestic energy.

The plan is to continue to expand our efforts and begin to offset our carbon output by 2016. Our hope is that more organizations in the healthcare industry will follow suit and help put environmental sustainability first!  

“At CE Broker, we place people and the planet first. We must take care of the great resources we have been given, leaving the planet in a better place than we found it. That’s why I have decided that developing and maintaining sustainable business practices will be our most important goal for 2015,” says CEO Brian Solano.

Other ways CE Broker is going green:

Local food delivery  – We’ve partnered with a local produce company for Jacksonville office employees to purchase organic, healthy food to be delivered to them in office.

Remote collaboration – By using technology to stay connected, we reduce consumption of gas for travel.

Earth Day – We plant a tree for each subscription sold on Earth Day.

Eco-Pass – Employees at our Boulder, CO office use the Eco-Pass to take public transportation and reduce our carbon footprint while commuting.

Staying Green – The services we have developed are taking the licensing industry into an entirely paperless environment.

Beach Cleanup – We like to keep Jacksonville Beach pristine and have an annual clean up day each summer.

And more – Our employees are wonderful and always looking f0r more ways to participate in other green volunteering opportunities.