Florida CEU requirements for LPNs, RNs, and APRNs
For licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, the Florida Board of Nursing requires 24 hours of continuing education every two years, including:
- Two hours of medical errors prevention
- Two hours or Florida Laws and Rules.
Domestic Violence continuing education (CE) is a two-hour requirement every third renewal, in addition to the 24 hours or general continuing education. HIV/AIDS is a one-time, one hour CE requirement that must be completed before the first renewal.
Every Florida nursing professional must complete two hours in the subject area of Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace. These continuing education hours are required during the first renewal of every other license period. Additionally, all nursing professionals must complete a two hour CE course on Human Trafficking.
Nurses certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification are exempt from continuing education requirements. This exemption does not apply to the two hours Human Trafficking course requirement.
Advanced practice registered nurses in the state of Florida are required to complete 24 CE hours, three of those hours must be Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances. Domestic Violence continuing education is a two-hour requirement every third renewal, in addition to the 24 hours or general continuing education. Advanced practice registered nurses certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification are exempt from continuing education requirements. This exemption does not apply to the three hour Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances or the two-hour Human Trafficking course requirement.
All nurses renew in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete the required continuing education during each renewal period.
CNA CEU Requirements in Florida
CNAs must complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each biennium, including:
- Bloodborne pathogens and infection control
- Domestic Violence
- Medical record documentation and legal aspects appropriate to nursing assistants
- Residents’ rights
- Communication with cognitively impaired patients or clients
- CPR skills
- Medical errors prevention and safety
Mandatory CEUs for Nurses in Florida
Mandatory CEUs for LPNs and RNs
- General Hours – 16 contact hours
- Domestic Violence – 2 contact hours
- Human Trafficking – 2 contact hours (This course does not have to be a Florida Board of Nursing approved course)
- Prevention of Medical Errors – 2.5 contact hours
- Florida Law And The Professional Nurse – 3 contact hours
- HIV/AIDS – 1 contact h
- Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace – 2 contact hours
These courses can be live or home study.
Mandatory CEUs for Florida APRNs
- General Hours- 16 contact hours
- Prevention of Medical Errors- 2 contact hours
- Florida Laws & Rules- 2 contact hours
- Recognition of Impairment in the Workplace- 2 contact hours
- Human Trafficking- 2 contact hours (This course does not have to be a Florida Board of Nursing approved course)
- Domestic Violence- 2 contact hours
- HIV/AIDS- 1 contact hours
- Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances- 3 contact hours
Safe and Effective Prescription of Control Substances courses must be offered by one of the following:
- A statewide professional association of physicians in Florida accredited to provide educational activities designated for the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category One
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center
- The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
It may be offered in a distance-learning format. All courses can be live or home study.
Unacceptable CEUs for Florida Nurses
After the completion of a Basic Life Support (BLS) course or an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) recertification course, hours earned will not apply towards the 24-hour continuing education requirement for licensure renewal purposes. The following courses do not count as continuing nursing education:
- CPR/AED certification and recertification courses
- BLS certification and recertification courses
- ACLS recertification courses
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) recertification courses
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) recertification courses
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