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Continuing Education for Nurses

Written by NS StaffJuly 20, 2011
Nursing Education

You have finished school. You found a job that allows you to use your skills. Now your supervisor wants you to take more classes?

You read that right. More classes. Nurses at all levels are expected to take a certain amount of continuing education class hours each year to requalify for their licenses. Each state determines how many hours you will need to take over a two-year period—Michigan requires 25, while California asks for 30.

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The nice thing is; it is very easy to find continuing education classes. Many hospitals offer on-site classes for free. Which, while quick and cheap, aren't necessarily fun. Don't pass your hospital's continuing education classes, however. Thirty hours may not seem that much over two years, but between work and life, it can seem endless.

Programs to Consider:

Community colleges, universities, trade schools, and online universities offer classes throughout the year. If you choose to take classes through an outside source such as these, just make sure the school is accredited by an organization that qualifies for your license. (You can read more about accreditation here.)

There is one other way to get continuing education. This way takes more time, and is often the most expensive. However, it is also the most fun. Medical conferences often offer continuing education tracks throughout the program. What is so fun about that? Medical conferences tend to be in great vacation areas such as Las Vegas and Hawaii. After you take some hours of classes, you can think deeply on what you've learned on a beach or by a pool.

The best option will depend on you. Just remember to spread your continuing education out over each licensure period.

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