If you take CE that is not board approved, it may not fulfill your requirements and could keep you from renewing your license successfully. Don't let this happen—take the guesswork out of CE/CEUs by ensuring your courses are approved beforehand.
1. Medical Errors Course Approved by the Board - must be approved by the Florida Board of Nursing
Report an Exemption:
Effective July 1st, 2014: "A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board of Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements."
Reporting an exemption will fulfill all of your continuing education requirements for that biennium.
Self Report CE:
Note that all courses listed in the CE Broker Course Search are board approved and will fulfill your requirements.
2. Domestic Violence Course Approved by the Board - must be approved by the Florida Board of Nursing
3. Laws & Rules of the Board Course Approved by the Board - must be approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. Read more here.
4. HIV/AIDS Course Approved by the Board - must be approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
5. General CE approved by the Board
6. General CE course approved by a national nursing organization or another state Board of Nursing - All licensees may be awarded contact hours for attendance at offerings that are approved by a state or national organizations empowered to accredit nursing continuing education.
7. Multiple Subject Area Course Approved by the Board
8. Report multiple General courses using a National Nursing Association transcript - The Board of Nursing does not allow credit for less than one hour of instruction per course. Please do not report any courses that were less than one hour in length. PNs, RNs, and CNSs may be awarded "General" course contact hours by:
ARNPs may also be awarded "General" course credit by Continuing Medical Education (CME) educational providers.
- Board Approved educational providers
- ANCC educational providers
- College or University Courses directly related to Nursing
- ACLS, PALS, and NRP offered by educational providers equivalent to American Heart Association or American Red Cross or by an American heart Association Training Center.
9. Multiple General hours completed with a single provider approved by a national nursing organization or another state Board of Nursing - All licensees may be awarded contact hours for attendance at offerings that are approved by a state or national organizations empowered to accredit nursing continuing education.
10. College or University Courses Directly Related to Nursing - Each college semester hour is the equivalent of 15 continuing education (contact) hours and each college quarter hour is the equivalent of 10 continuing education (contact) hours. For example, a 3 hour course (semester) would equal 45 continuing education (contact) hours.
11. Presenter or Author of a Continuing Education course - Read more here.
12. Initial Certification Course - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Read more here.
13. Instructor Initial Certification or Instructor Recertification Course - ACLS, PALS, NRP, CPR/AED or BLS
14. First Biennium Renewal - HIV/AIDS taken in Nursing school prior to your initial license date. Read more about it here.
15. First Biennium Renewal - HIV/AIDS taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider prior to your initial license date. Read more here.
16. Legal Aspects of Nursing CE course approved by the Board - must be Florida Board of Nursing approved
17. Standard Precautions CE Course Approved by the Board - must be Florida Board of Nursing approved
Reported by the Board:
1. Volunteer Expert Witness - Each licensed nurse who serves as a volunteer expert witness in providing written expert witness opinions citing references of current, prevailing practice and relevant standards of practice for cases being reviewed pursuant to Chapter 464, F.S., shall receive 2.5 hours of continuing education credit per case for performing a literature survey of at least two articles in conjunction with the review of cases for the Agency, probable cause panel, or Board.
2. Volunteer at a School - Public School Volunteer Health Program: practitioners who participate in the program and provide services, without compensation, in a public school for at least 80 hours a year for each school year during the biennium shall be eligible for waiver of the biennial license renewal fee and fulfillment of a max of 25% of the CE hours required for renewal.
3. Former Board Member Serving on a Probable Cause Panel - Continuing Education for Expert Witnesses and Probable Cause Panel Members. (2) Each former board member who serves on a probable cause panel at least twice in a biennium shall receive 8 hours of continuing education credit.
4. Volunteer Health Care Provider Program - Any health care practitioner who participates as a health care provider under s. 766.1115 and thereby agrees with a governmental contractor to provide his or her services without compensation and as an agent of the governmental contractor to low-income recipients in accordance with s. 766.1115 for at least 160 hours for each biennial licensure period, or, if the health care practitioner is retired, for at least 800 hours during the licensure period, upon providing sufficient proof from the applicable governmental contractor that the health care practitioner has completed the hours at the time of license renewal under procedures specified by the Department of Health, shall be eligible for: (a) Waiver of the biennial license renewal fee for an active license; and (b) Fulfillment of a maximum of 25 percent of the continuing education hours required for license renewal under s. 456.013(9).