Tips for Managing CEUs
- Develop a system to track your nursing CEUs. Typically, after you complete a CEU requirement, you will receive a certificate of completion. Hold on to this in the event that you ever get audited or your credentials get called into question. You can use something as simple as Google Docs or Excel or something more sophisticated like CEBroker.com.
- Only complete CE requirements during your license renewal period. Hours cannot be saved and applied to future renewal periods.
- If you are questioning whether a course or activity meets requirements, call your states BON before enrolling. As a nurse, you are required to spend a good amount of time on continuing education, and there are plenty of courses out there that meet these requirements. Taking a course or webinar that isn’t approved as a CEU could be frustrating and a waste of time.
- CEUs must be relevant to your nursing practice. Consider topics such as nursing education, research and theory, nursing practice, clinical technology, nursing implications, ethics of nursing, and professional conduct.
- If you are a compact license holder, you are required to complete CE requirements for your primary or home state. Even if you are working in a compact state that doesn’t have CE requirements, if your home state does, then you are required to complete them to obtain licensure. Check out our resource on the nurse licensure compact.