Nurse Requirements



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California
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 / 2 years ***
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Click here for acceptable courses.
Board Website Link http://www.rn.ca.gov/
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Florida
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?24 / 2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?2 hours medical errors; 2 hours domestic violence every 3rd renewal
Board Website Link http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/index.html
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Ohio
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often? 24 / 2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/
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Texas
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?20 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?Not restricted
Specific Courses Required?Forensic Evidence Collection if practicing in ER.
Board Website Link http://www.bne.state.tx.us/
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Arizona
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.azbn.gov/
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Colorado
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.dora.state.co.us/nursing/index.htm
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Georgia
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes- 2016
How much and how often?20/2
Distance Learning?Not restricted
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45/continuing_education_requirements
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Hawaii
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/nursing
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Idaho
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?NA
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?NA
Board Website Link http://ibn.idaho.gov/
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Illinois
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?20/2 50/2 for APN
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/nurs.asp
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Maryland
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?Not specified
Board Website Link http://www.mbon.org/main.php?v=norm&p=0&c=main.html
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Mississippi
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?NA
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?NA
Board Website Link http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/
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Missouri
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp
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Montana
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp
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New York
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? NO
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?N/A
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/
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Oklahoma
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?24/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?not specified
Board Website Link http://www.state.ok.us/nursing/
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South Dakota
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://doh.sd.gov/Boards/nursing/FAQ.aspx
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Tennessee
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?NA
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?NA
Board Website Link http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/
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Vermont
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?NA
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?NA
Board Website Link http://www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses/
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Wisconsin
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?NA
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?NA
Board Website Link http://drl.wi.gov/profession.asp?profid=46&locid=0
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Connecticut
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No, click link.
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389432
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Alabama
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?24/ year
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?4 hours Alabama Board Courses
Board Website Link http://www.abn.alabama.gov
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Alaska
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 / 2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Varies (click for details)
Board Website Link http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx
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Arkansas
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?15/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?3 hours ethics
Board Website Link http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx
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Delaware
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 / 2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Three (3) of the 30 hours must be in the area of substance abuse
Board Website Link http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/index.shtml
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Indiana
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?N/A
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
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Iowa
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?36/3
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?Approved courses and videos
Board Website Link http://www.state.ia.us/nursing/continuing_ed/basic_requirement.html
Notes RNs and LPNs: For renewal of a three year license, the requirement is 36 contact hours; For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 contact hours. For reactivation from an inactive status, the requirement is 12 contact hours that are not more than 12 months old at the time the credit is submitted for reactivation For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, the requirement is 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs. It is also required that RNs and LPNs who regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat dependent adults or children in Iowa complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse. The licensee is required to complete at least two hours of training every five years. The Mandatory Abuse Course taken to meet this requirement MUST be a course that has been approved by the Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel
Kansas
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Not specified
Board Website Link www.ksbn.org
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Kentucky
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?14/ year
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?2 hours HIV, domestic violence
Board Website Link http://kbn.ky.gov/ce/
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Lousiana
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?The annual continuing education requirement is based on employment: 5 contact hours (full-time nursing practice), 10 contact hours (part-time nursing practice), or 15 contact hours (not employed or worked less than 160 hours)
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?None specified
Board Website Link http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/
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Maine
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? No
How much and how often?N/A
Distance Learning?N/A
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/
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Massachusetts
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?15 / 2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/faq/continuing-education-.html
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Michigan
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?25/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?3 hours risk management, 2 hours HIV
Board Website Link http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-27417_27529_27542—,00.html
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Minnesota
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?24/2, 12/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/home.do?agency=NursingBoard
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Nebraska
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?45/3
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?20 hours nursing related, 4 hours CPR or BLS
Board Website Link http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_rn-lpn_renewal.aspx
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Nevada
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/2 years
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Bioterrorism course
Board Website Link http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us
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New Hampshire
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30/2, 12/1
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?If ANRP- 30 hours for RN licensure, 30 additional hours specific to the area of advanced practice specialization, 5 of which must be related to pharmacology. Current certification in specialty will meet requirements for 30 continuing education hours for RN licensure.
Board Website Link http://www.nh.gov/nursing/index.html
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New Jersey
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Didactic, 1 ce organ and tissue donation, and clinical education
Board Website Link http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Pages/default.aspx
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New Mexico
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/ 2 yrs
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Pharmacology-3 to 5 depending on level of nursing
Board Website Link http://nmbon.sks.com/Education_Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx
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North Carolina
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30/2 see column I
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?Self-assessment dependent
Board Website Link http://www.ncnurses.org/education/ncna-provided-ce.dot
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North Dakota
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?2015-12-02 00:00:00
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link https://www.ndbon.org/NurseLicensure/RenewReactivate/FAQ.asp
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Oregon
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?One time course
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?See comment in column G
Board Website Link http://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/rn-lpnlicensure.aspx
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Pennsylvania
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30/2
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?3 hours risk management
Board Website Link http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx.VVpLZflViko
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Rhode Island
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?10 / year
Distance Learning?No Restrictions
Specific Courses Required?varies
Board Website Link http://www.health.ri.gov/hsr/professions/nurses.php
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South Carolina
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?Not specified
Board Website Link http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/index.asp?file=liscrenewreinstate.htm
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Utah
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html
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Virginia
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?15 / year
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?varies
Board Website Link http://www.dhp.state.va.us/Nursing/nursing_laws_regs.htm
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Washington
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?30 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?N/A
Board Website Link http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Nursing/default.htm
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West Virginia
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?None specefied
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?none specified
Board Website Link http://www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses/
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Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?
Board Website Link
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Wyoming
Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education? Yes
How much and how often?20 hrs/2 yrs
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?Not specified
Board Website Link http://nursing.state.wy.us/
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Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education?
How much and how often?
Distance Learning?
Specific Courses Required?
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Discipline Nursing
Do They Need Continuing Education?
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Specific Courses Required?
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Discipline Nursing
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