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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Top Nursing CE Providers

 

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Hello, nurses! Since some of you have a license expiration date approaching (July 31st for PN’s), we wanted to supply you with a list of reputable, approved continuing education providers. We chose these providers based upon a number of criteria ranging from reporting time to customer service. These providers will generally report your hours within a week, have easy to use websites, and receive positive feedback from other nurses for the quality of their courses.

Elite CME Inc. – You have the option to customize your interests and purchase course packages to knock out your CE quickly.

NetCE – Great course search and tons of relevant courses readily available. Often times you can find courses for free.

ContinuingEducation.com -RNs and LPNs can choose from more than 1,200 hours of text, audio, video, webinar, live, and even free CE courses. Instant CE Certificates are available upon completion of all our courses.

NurseCE4Less.com – NurseCe4Less.com is accredited by the State of Florida, Board of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-9573). They submit completed courses to us each week (usually on a Friday) for courses completed the previous 7 days.

Western Schools – Western Schools is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. They also maintain provider approvals with the Boards of Nursing in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

RN.org – Has many free courses available. RN.org® also automatically reports course completions electronically to CE Broker on a weekday basis so the State of Florida is aware of your CEU activity.

CEUFast.com – Subscribe for only $29.95 and receive a full year of unlimited certificates. They also have free courses available and are nationally accredited by the ANCC. CEUFast.com also reports to CE Broker immediately after course completions as long as you have provided your license number.

Consultants for the Future – They report all hours completed with a valid license number to CE Broker daily! They are also in the process of making the reporting process immediate.

There are a ton out there for you to choose from! Don’t wait until the last minute, get your CE out of the way today so you can renew your license successfully. And if you haven’t already, claim your FREE Basic Account with us today! You can track your CE compliance as you gear up for license renewal.

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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Recent Board Rule Changes

Are you up-to-date with the news in the compliance world? The Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Respiratory Care have recently changed their rules to require hours on the topic of laws and rules that govern the practices of those professions. We’ve included links to their websites for your convenience:

Florida Board of Respiratory Care

Florida Board of Nursing

What else could change between now and 2015? You may feel that you were on top of things for the most recent license renewal, but are you able to fit the tracking of regulatory changes into your already busy schedule?

You don’t have to! Professional subscribers to CE Broker will enjoy the benefits of a consistently updated transcript that displays how close you are to fulfilling each requirement. We’ll let you know of any changes as soon as your board implements them!

For more information, visit:

https://www.cebroker.com/public/pb_healthcare_professionals.aspx?state=1

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