Texas Nursing CE Requirements
Registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses licensed in Texas must complete 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE). CNE must be completed within the two years immediately preceding license renewal. It begins on the first day of the month after the renewal month through the last day of the subsequent renewal.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) must complete 20 contact hours. Additionally, APRNs who hold prescriptive authority must complete at least five additional contact hours of continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics before the end of every licensing period. APRNs with prescriptive authority who prescribe controlled substances need to complete 28 contact hours of continuing education in each licensing period.
- APRNs who hold prescriptive authority AND prescribe controlled substances must complete at least three additional contact hours of continuing education related to prescribing controlled substances before the end of every licensing period.
- These hours are in addition to the 20 contact hours required for all nurses and the five contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics required for APRNs with prescriptive authority.
CEU requirements for APRNs must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding license renewal, beginning on the first day of the month after the renewal month through the last day of the subsequent renewal.
Continuing Education for Nurses working in the ER
According to the Texas Board of Nursing, any nurse who works in an emergency room setting —including nurses who could float to the ER — must complete two CNE hours of forensic evidence collection and age- or population-specific nursing interventions that may be required by other laws and/or are necessary to assure evidence collection. Education content may also include:
- History-taking skills
- Use of sexual assault kit
- Survivor symptoms
- Emotional and psychological support interventions for victims
This is a one-time requirement within two years of the initial date of the nurse’s employment in an ER setting.
Texas CEU Requirements for Older Adult or Geriatric nurses
If your practice includes older adult or geriatric populations, you must complete at least two contact hours of CNE relating to older adult or geriatric populations. CNE education must consist of information related to:
- Elder abuse
- Age-related memory changes and disease processes
- End of life issues
- Health maintenance
- Health promotion
All nurses must complete at least two contact hours of CNE relating to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics containing:
- The Texas Nursing Practice Act
- The Board’s rules/Standards of Nursing Practice
- The Board’s position statements
- Principles of nursing ethics
- Professional boundaries
CEU requirements for CNAs in Texas
CNA’s are required to complete 24 CE hours. 12 hours must include:
- Age-specific practice
- Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders
- Care of the patient with Alzheimer’s
- Elder abuse
- Talking to Dementia residents
Acceptable CEUs for Nurses in Texas
The Texas Board of Nursing’s website states, “any course/ offering/ activity/ program that offers continuing nursing education hours and is in the nurse’s area of practice can be used for licensure renewal so long as it is approved by a credentialing agency or provider recognized by the Board.” Additionally, nurses who achieve, maintain or renew a Board-approved national nursing certification in their area of practice within the licensing period demonstrate compliance with the continuing competency requirements. The certification can be used in place of completing 20 contact hours of Continuing Nursing Education in his or her area of practice.
Unacceptable CEUs for Texas
As per the Texas Board of Nursing’s website, the following activities do not meet continuing education requirements for licensure renewal in Texas:
- Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- In-services given by a nurse’s job to provide specific information about the work setting or orientation.
- Refresher courses designed to update knowledge of current nursing theory and clinical practice
- Orientation programs at a nurse’s job
- Courses that focus on self-improvement, changes in attitude, self-therapy, and self-awareness that do not describe the impact on the nursing practice or improved patient outcomes
- Economic courses for financial gain
- Courses which focus on personal appearance in nursing
- Liberal art courses unrelated to patient or client care
- Courses designed for laypeople
- Self-directed activities where the learner takes the initiative and the responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the activity including, but not limited to, academic courses that are audited, that are not directly relevant to a licensee’s area of nursing practice, or that are prerequisite courses such as mathematics, physiology, biology, government, or other similar courses
- Continuing Medical Education (CME), unless completed by an APRN in the APRN’s role and population focus area of licensure
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