Attention North Carolina Respiratory Care Professionals!

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CE Broker is the official CE compliance system for many boards, and the North Carolina Reparatory Care Board is one of them. That means that CE Broker is at your disposal to make tracking your renewal requirements as easy as possible!

CE Broker also goes beyond partnering with Boards. We work with professional associations like the North Carolina Society of Respiratory Care to get to the heart of what really matters to Respiratory Therapy professionals.

The NCSRC has negotiated a $5 discount to CE Broker Professional Accounts. This gives you access to a Compliance Transcript which automatically calculates any renewal requirements you have left to complete. This takes the confusion out of continuing education and puts the focus back where is belongs: on learning.

If you are currently a member of the NCSRC, email ncsrc@ncsrc.org to get your professional discount code.

If you are not a member, you can learn more about the North Carolina society for Respiratory Care here.

Clinical Lab Personnel Requirements

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Florida Clinical Lab Personnel, it’s about time to renew your license! Your August 31st renewal date is quickly approaching. We want to be sure that your renewal process is quick and painless so this blog will lay out all of your requirements and answer any questions you might have. You will find different sections dedicated to the different professions within Clinical Laboratory Personnel: Clinical Laboratory Director, Supervisor, Technician, Technologist and Public Health Technologist.  For each profession there is a chart with renewal requirements and some helpful hints. Find your profession below to learn more!

Clinical Laboratory Director:

Is it your First Time Renewal?

Clinical Lab Personnel initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements with the exception of two hours of prevention of medical errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.

Clinical Laboratory Supervisor:

Clinical Laboratory Supervisor CE Requirements
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor CE Requirements

Is it Your First Time Renewal?

Clinical Lab Personnel initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements with the exception of two hours of prevention of medical errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.

Clinical Laboratory Technician:

Clinical Laboratory Technician CE Requirements
Clinical Laboratory Technician CE Requirements

Is it Your First Time Renewal?

Clinical Lab Personnel initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements with the exception of two hours of prevention of medical errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.

Clinical Laboratory Technologist:

Clinical Laboratory Technologist CE Requirements.
Clinical Laboratory Technologist CE Requirements.

Is it Your First Time Renewal?

Clinical Lab Personnel initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements with the exception of two hours of prevention of medical errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.

Public Health Technologist:

Public Health Technologist CE Requirements.
Public Health Technologist CE Requirements.

Is it Your First Time Renewal?

Clinical Lab Personnel initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements with the exception of two hours of prevention of medical errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.

More Information:

For more information on the renewal process, you can visit the Florida Board of Clinical Lab Personnel website and click on the “Renewal” tab at the top of the screen or you can simply click on the link above. If you want to renew your license through the Florida Department of Health, click on this link to be redirected to their website.

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special Clinical Lab Personnel FAQ section just for you in our Support pages. To find a specific course to fulfill any unmet requirements, you can watch our Course Search video by clicking on the picture below.

Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can access your CE Compliance Transcript, receive continuing education and license deadline reminders, report CE to your account and much more to simplify your renewal process.

 

Nursing Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Registered Nurses — for all of you who are about to renew your license (with an expiration date of 4/30/2016), we want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements. You don’t want to have any surprises when you are renewing your license! There is a chart below with your renewal requirements:

Nursing CE Requirements Chart

For more information on the renewal process, you can visit the Florida Board of Nursing website and click on the “Renewal” tab at the top of the screen or you can simply click on the link above. If you want to renew your license through the Florida Department of Health, click on this link to be redirected to their website.

What If This Is My First Renewal?

There are a few things to keep in mind if you are renewing your license for the first time.

If you are initially licensed by examination during the current biennium, you are exempt from the general CEU requirements for the first renewal. You must complete 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours of laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider).

If you are initially licensed by endorsement during the current biennium and took the exam in another state within the biennium, you are exempt from general CEU hours.  You must complete 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider).

If you do not qualify for the exemption in your first renewal, you must complete 1 hour per month (not literally just used for calculation purposes) remaining in the biennium from the date the license was issued. These hours must include 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider)

CE Broker iPhone and Android Apps- Continuing Education Simplified.

Our free CE Broker iPhone or Android app, available in the iTunes Store and in Google Play, is the best way to manage your CE from anywhere, anytime. You can create a FREE Basic Account and even upgrade to a Professional or Concierge account with your iTunes/Google Play account, if you so desire. That means no credit card is required since your account on file is automatically charged. Once you download the app you need, you can see your Course History, Report CE, use the Course Search Tool and even view your CE Compliance Transcript. Visit the iTunes or Google Play store and download your app for free today!

What if I Have Questions?

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We added a special Nurse FAQ just for you in our Support pages which includes all of the most commonly asked questions from other licensees in your profession. Want to learn more about CE Broker? Watch the video below!

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can access your CE Compliance Transcript, receive continuing education and license deadline reminders, report CE to your account and much more to simplify your renewal process.

And remember…. don’t get overwhelmed. We are here to help you! 

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Chiropractor Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Chiropractic Physicians, March 31 is fast approaching!  We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so you don’t have any surprises when you are renewing your license. Keep reading below to learn more about your 2016 biennium requirements. And remember that ALL of your CE must be completed in person.  No home study allowed. Remember that all courses must be approved by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine!

If you are a Chiropractic Physician, then your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 27 hours General
  • 2 hours Laws and Rules
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  • 2 hours Ethics and Boundaries

If you are one of the Chiropractic Physician who is certified in Acupuncture, then your requirements are a little bit different:

  • 23 hours General
  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 2 hours Laws & Rules of the Board
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  • 2 hours Ethics and Boundaries
  • 2 hours Acupuncture Safety and Risk Management
  • 2 hours Acupuncture Technique

If you are a Chiropractic Physician and this is your first time renewal, then your requirements are:

  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  •  2 hours Ethics and Boundaries
  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 3 hours HIV/AIDS

If you are a Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistant, your required hours are listed below:

  • 22 hours General
  • 2 hours Medical Error

If you are a Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistant renewing for the first time:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 3 hours HIV/AIDS

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Chiropractors in our Support pages. To read over those, click here.

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Osteopathic Physician Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Osteopathic Physicians, March 31 is fast approaching!  We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so there aren’t any surprises when you are renewing your license.  Keep reading to learn more about your 2016 biennium requirements.

If you are a Osteopathic Physician renewing your license, your requirements are listed below:

Requirement Hour Breakdown
Requirement Hour Breakdown

* Licensees must obtain 2 hours of Domestic Violence every third renewal period as part of the 40 hours required.

If you are an Osteopathic Physician renewing your license for the first time and you were licensed in the first year of the renewal cycle, your renewal requirements are:

  • All of the above hours
  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS

If you are an Osteopathic Physician renewing your license for the first time and you were licensed in the second year of the renewal cycle, your renewal requirements are:

  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS
  • 1 hour Florida Laws and Rules (must be live)
  •  1 hour Professional & Medical Ethics (must be live)
  • 1 hour Federal & State Laws related to the Prescribing of Controlled Substances (must be live)
  • 2 hours Medical Errors (must be live)

CE Broker is dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license. We have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Osteopathic Physicians in our Support pages. To read over those, click here.

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Podiatrists Requirements for License Renewal

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If you are a Podiatric Physician in Florida, then you are getting ready to renew your license. March 31st, 2016 is your big day! We want to make sure that you are aware of your specific renewal requirements. Continue reading below to find your biennium requirements for Podiatric Physicians and Podiatric X-Ray Assistants.

If you are a Podiatric Physician, your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 1 hour Laws & Rules of the Board
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 36 hours General

If you are a Podiatric Physician renewing for the first time, your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS
  • Podiatric Physicians initially licensed in the biennium or within 24 months of initial licensure must attend one full day at a Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine meeting at which disciplinary hearings are conducted.

If you are a Podiatric X-Ray Assistant, your requirements vary a bit. Your requirements are broken down below:

  • 8 hours of Recertification course (Recertification course must be from the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and should include Medical Errors)

If you are a Podiatric X-Ray Assistant renewing for the first time, your requirements are:

  • 8 hours of Recertification course (Recertification course must be from the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and should include Medical Errors)

Each healthcare profession in Florida will vary on what credits count towards your compliance. Below are some “Did You Know” facts specific to Podiatrists.

  • You can only receive credit for 8 hours per biennium of home study courses
  • Courses have to be at least 1 hour in length, otherwise they won’t count

CE Broker is dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license. We have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Podiatrists in our Support pages. To read over those, click here

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Florida Acupuncture CE Requirements

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February 28th, 2016 is the day that Florida Acupuncturists will be renewing their licenses. We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so you don’t have any surprises when renewing your license.

The following chart contains all of the 30 total hours required for Florida Acupuncturists.

Keep in mind that you your Medical Errors course MUST be board approved.

What If This Is My First Renewal?

If you are renewing your license for the first time you are only required to complete 2 hours of Medical Errors and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS.

If you need to complete an HIV/AIDS course, Medical Errors or if you need to complete other required subject areas, you can find approved courses in our Course Search Tool. 

CE Broker iPhone App

CE Broker's iPhone App. Continuing Education Simplified.

Our free CE Broker iPhone app, available in the iTunes Store, is the best way to manage your CE from anywhere, anytime. You can create a free Basic Account and even upgrade to a Professional or Concierge account with your iTunes account if you so desire. That means no credit card is required since your iTunes account on file is automatically charged. Once you download the iPhone app, you can see your course history, report CE, use the course search tool and even view your CE Compliance Transcript. Visit the iTunes Store today and download for free!

What if I Have Questions?

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We added a special Florida Board of Acupuncture section just for you Acupuncturists in our Support pages which includes all of the most commonly asked questions from other licensees in your profession. To find a specific course to fulfill any unmet requirements, you can watch our Course Search video by clicking on the picture below.

Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need

Florida Dentist CE Requirements

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February 28th, 2016 is the day that Florida Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Laboratories will be renewing their licenses. We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so you don’t have any surprises when renewing your license.

The following chart contains all of the 30 total hours required for Florida Dentists.

 

Keep in mind that you MUST complete 2 hours of Domestic Violence every third biennium. If you aren’t sure if this is the biennium in which you must complete your Domestic Violence requirement, sign up for a Free Trial of a Professional Account to view your CE Compliance Transcript. It will display all of the CME requirements that you need for 2016 and even show you what you are missing!

The following chart contains all of the 24 total hours required for Florida Dental Hygienists.

Dental Hygienist Requirements

The following chart contains all of the 18 total hours required for Florida Dental Laboratories.

 

What If This Is My First Renewal?

Dentists and Dental Hygienists– If you are newly licensed and renewing your license for the first time you are only required to complete 2 hours of HIV/AIDS.

Dental Laboratories – If you are newly licensed and renewing your license for the first time you are required to complete 18 hours as stated above in your requirements chart.

If you need to complete an HIV/AIDS course or if you need to complete other required subject areas, you can find approved courses in our Course Search Tool.

CE Broker iPhone App

CE Broker's iPhone App. Continuing Education Simplified.

Our free CE Broker iPhone app, available in the iTunes Store, is the best way to manage your CE from anywhere, anytime. You can create a free Basic Account and even upgrade to a Professional or Concierge account with your iTunes account if you so desire. That means no credit card is required since your iTunes account on file is automatically charged. Once you download the iPhone app, you can see your course history, report CE, use the course search tool and even view your CE Compliance Transcript. Visit the iTunes Store today and download for free!

What if I Have Questions?

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We added a special Florida Board of Dentistry section just for you Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Laboratories in our Support pages which includes all of the most commonly asked questions from other licensees in your profession. To find a specific course to fulfill any unmet requirements, you can watch our Course Search video by clicking on the picture below.

Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need

5 Healthy Reasons To Receive Massage Therapy

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Upon hearing the word massage, many people immediately think of going to a spa and spending some quality “me-time.” Sure, massage can help put your mind and body at ease. But its benefits extend beyond providing you that feeling of comfort and relaxation.

The manipulation of soft tissues has several health benefits that you may not readily realize, and it is due to these effects that massage therapy must be incorporated into your routine. The following are five benefits of massage therapy and why you should consider it more than just a pampering treat.

1. Relieve stress.

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Headache migraine people – Doctor woman stressed. Woman Nurse / doctor with migraine headache overworked and stressed. Health care professional in lab coat wearing stethoscope at hospital.

Everyone would agree that after a massage therapy session, you simply feel calm and relaxed. In fact, stress relief is one of the primary benefits of receiving a bodywork treatment. Contrary to popular belief, stress isn’t always bad. Stress is actually necessary to perform everyday functions and prevent accidents, such as hitting the brakes when another vehicle suddenly storms in front of you on the road. Too much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health.

Several studies show that even a single session of massage therapy can immensely reduce stress. This is because massage helps reduce your heart rate, insulin levels and cortisol levels. By adding therapeutic massage in your routine, you can feel and look healthier.

2. Improve posture.

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Businessman with lower back ache from sitting with a bad posture in his office chair working on his laptop massaging his back with his hand

Today’s generation is notorious for bad posture. Desk workers are particularly at risk, as they need to sit for hours on end day after day. And only a small portion of the population takes the time and effort to practice measures that would permanently help them improve their posture. The most common manifestations include pain in the neck, back and glutes.

Thankfully, this can be corrected by receiving massage. Regular massage therapy sessions can help reinforce the natural movements of different body parts, allowing your body to get back on track. It also helps reduce muscle soreness and promotes pain-free posture.

3. Strengthen the immune system.

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3d rendered illustration of a man blocking viruses

You might wonder, “How can something done on the outside help improve things on the inside?” Many might think of this simply as a marketing ploy by massage therapists and spa owners, but there are plenty of studies that back it up.

For instance, one study showed that HIV patients who received a 45-minute massage therapy session 5 days a week for 1 month experienced an increase in production of cells which are considered the first line of defense in the immune system. Massage has also been shown to improve the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system, which is the activity level of the natural “killer” cells.

4. Improve circulation and lower blood pressure.

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Blood heart circulation health symbol with red cells flowing through three dimensional veins from the human circulatory system representing a medical health care icon of cardiology and cardiovascular fitness on a white background.

As mentioned, one session of therapeutic massage offers a wealth of health benefits. Just imagine what it can do if done on a regular basis. One of the best long-term effects of massage therapy is improved blood circulation. This is a result of the pressure created during the massage, regardless of the technique used. This pressure causes blood to flow through the congested areas, which then allows new blood to flow in. This also flushes lactic acid from the muscles, the accumulation of which is associated with chronic muscle fatigue and soreness.

Massage can also help patients with high blood pressure. Many think that this medical condition comes with several symptoms. In reality, though, it has none, earning it the nickname “the silent killer.” Massage therapy has been proven to be an effective way to lower blood pressure naturally. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis decreases both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

5. Recover from physical injury.

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Attractive young woman receiving a massage in a health club

Rehabilitating a physical injury can be a tedious and painful process. Many find that a physical rehabilitation program is insufficient to restore the affected area to its pre-injury state. Massage therapy plays a critical role in supplementing injury rehabilitation procedures. Relaxing the muscles and promoting circulation in the affected area allow blood to deliver much needed oxygen and other nutrients. This helps improve flexibility and range of motion. With the right injury massage therapy, the patient can expect the area to be healed at an accelerated rate.

Studies indicate that there is an increasing number of patients who seek therapeutic massage to heal broken bones and burns as well. Massage can reduce stiffness and improve mobility, two problems often experienced when recovering from a broken bone. Burn patients also report less itching, discomfort and depression after receiving three months of massage therapy alongside their skin rehabilitation program.

Find A Massage Therapist Today

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It is important to understand that the benefits of massage therapy are more than skin deep. Incorporating this form of self-care into your routine plays a huge role in maintaining your health for years to come. Massage is often viewed as a luxury, but it’s a worthy investment that provides numerous therapeutic benefits. It is recommended to find a professional massage therapist who can help establish a regular treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

About the Author

Jonathan Leger is a freelance journalist with a deep interest in holistic medicine and homeopathic care. If you’re ever in Ashveille, North Carolina, he suggests you visit AshevilleMassageByBrie.com.