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Hyperbaric nursing contact hours

February 2nd, 2011 by – Derek Brocklehurst

Where can I get contact hours for an RN that has a hyperbaric certification?

Hyperbaric nursing, or nursing that uses oxygen for therapy at levels higher than atmospheric pressure, is a relatively new field of nursing. Registered nurses working in this specialty typically have training or a background in critical care, intensive care, emergency room or trauma nursing. Hyperbaric nursing involves delicate care with a newly-understood patient population. For this reasons, there are specific contact hours and education training courses for hyperbaric nurses.

Contact hours for your training certifications and ongoing license renewals should be sought out at the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology’s Registered Nurse and Training website. Here, you can view recertification requirements, download applicable forms, download a study guide and view approved training courses.

To check out other certifications for nurses, make sure to check out Medi-smart’s certifications directory. For information on continuing education units, or CEUs for currently-licensed registered nurses, check out Medi-smart’s continuing education directory.

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Late License Renewal and CEUs

January 14th, 2011 by – Derek Brocklehurst

I’m an RN in Texas and I renewed my license late. I paid the increased fee, but I didn’t have the CEU’s that have been requested. What will happen?

Continuing Education Units, or CEUs, play an important role in your registered nursing license renewal. According to the Texas Board of Nursing, you need 20 hours worth of credit towards continued nursing education. If you were late in renewing your license, you are still responsible for having completed the 20 hours of CEUs in the 2 years preceding your license renewal date.

In some states, upon receiving your initial licensure, newly-licensed nurses are not required to complete the typically-required CEUs during the first renewal period. Each state has different laws involving CEUs so make sure you are up to date on your state’s laws.

Exceptions are typically granted for late renewals involving extenuating circumstances. You might want to contact your Texas Board of Nursing if you have specific questions regarding your situation. CEUs are easy to obtain and you are given a couple years to obtain them. You can attend conferences, lectures, workshops, courses, and any other number of nursing-related events for CEUs. Do not let your license renewal lapse! Get those CEUs today.

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Free Online CEUs

December 2nd, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

Hello. I am interested in CEUs for nursing. Thank you.

Continuing education units, or CEUs for short, are mandated credits that every licensed nurse must complete in order to get a license renewal. Usually, these credits come in the form of lectures, talks, conferences, workshops, or courses you can sign up for. Your employer or state nurses union should have online links or postings in the workplace of ways to obtain the credits needed for license renewal.

Medi-smart offers free online CEUs in this directory. Check out this link for ways to get free CEUs in the convenience of your home, an internet cafe, library, or health care setting. A typical course will take a couple of hours to go through the online workshops and then open a series of prompts or questions. Answer these questions and submit the form at the end to get the CEUs you deserve! Make sure you know when your license needs to be renewed so you give yourself enough time to complete and submit the CEUs.

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Work Settings of an RN

November 11th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

What are the work settings of a registered nurse?

Registered nurses, or RNs, can work in a variety of settings. Most RNs work in a specific health care setting such as a hospital, private clinic, community clinic, or research facility. It is in these settings that real patient contact is achieved. You might be performing CPR, placing an IV catheter, checking a chest tube for drainage, consenting a patient for a clinical trial or procedure, or monitoring a patient’s blood transfusion.

Some RNs can go into more administrative settings such as medical billing firms, insurance policy auditing groups, or patient advocacy groups. In these settings, the nurse plays the role of an expert health care provider and might provide testimony in medical malpractice court cases, audit the medical billing for certain health care institutions, or defend the rights of a patient.

Regardless of the type of setting an RN works in, he or she must be sure to log the appropriate number of continuing education units, or CEUs, for each period of license renewal. These can be gained by attending workshops, conferences, lectures on specific health care matters, or by completing online work.

Be sure to check out Medi-smart’s free online CEU website for more information!

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Free Online CEUs

November 3rd, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

Hello. I am looking for 30 hours worth of CEUs for dialysis RNs. Thanks.

Continuing Education Units, or CEUs, are credits that all licensed health care professionals must have in order to renew their license. Some licenses require CEUs every year, others every 2 years. You should contact your state board of nursing to find out how often you should attend continuing education courses.

If you are looking for specific dialysis CEUs as an RN, you should speak with your nurse supervisor or check your unit’s bulletin board. Typically, any CEU courses or lectures you attend will count towards license renewal, even if not geared towards dialysis. You can attend local talks, lectures, courses, or conferences for your CEUs. Just be sure to check during registration for any of these events that the hours you attend will count towards your CEUs.

Also, make sure to check out Medi-smart’s free online directory of CEUs. These can be completed on your computer in the comfort of your home, any time during the day!

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CEUs for the At-Home Family Member

October 2nd, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

How do I start on line courses to obtain CEU credits?

Obtaining continuing education units, or CEUs, can be easier than you think. You need these hours in order to keep practicing as a nurse. Attending lectures, workshops in a particular specialty, conferences, and even report-backs can count towards renewing your license.

Most of the time, people only think about the in-person aspect of CEUs. There are a myriad resources online that offer free CEUs that can be completed in the convenience of your home and at your own pace. Are you working full-time while going to school, or raising children and trying to make ends meet? Think about online CEUs to fulfill those requirements for your license early on, before it’s last-minute and you’re cramming to get them submitted.

Check out Medi-Smart’s Continuing Education directory for more information about what CEUs are, how to get them, and more importantly how to get them for free!

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Once a Med/Surg Nurse, Always a Med/Surg Nurse?

September 17th, 2010 by – Marijke Durning

Med/surg (medical-surgical combined floor or unit) is a very common first stop for new graduate nurses. With shiny new nursing license in hand, they are pointed towards med/surg because many people believe that the variety of care needed in that environment is a good build up to overall nursing knowledge.

There are some arguments in favor of this approach. After all, you see many different types of patients in the med/surg environment and the loads can be pretty heavy, forcing the new nurses to learn how to organize themselves and be effective nurses.

On the other hand, some nurses don’t feel that the med/surg experience will make or break the new nurse and that new nurses can begin their career anywhere in the hospital environment, from the general med/surg to the specialized NICU. Some argue that if a nurse stays in med/surg, he or she will find it harder to adapt to a different environment than, say, a NICU.  So, does this mean once a med/surg nurse, always a med/surg nurse? It doesn’t have to.

No matter what floor or unit you work in, you must keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and findings in your area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn about other areas in nursing. If you graduate from nursing school and want to work in psychiatry, but the only job you can find is in labor and delivery, it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever work in psych. It just means you won’t work in psych right away.

While you work in L&D, you can take continuing education courses to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) on psychiatric subjects, you can read about psych nurse issues, and can even complete certificates in the specialty, either at a brick-and-mortar school or through online nursing schools. The point is, the onus is on you, the nurse, to learn as much about your goal as you can. By doing so, when you do fill out an application or go for an interview, you can show that you are proactive and eager to learn about the field that interests you most.

Nurses who work in long-term care (LTC) often face the same type of dilemma. They’re often told that once they work in LTC, they’ll have a hard – if not impossible – time finding work in an acute care hospital. On the surface, this could sound right; after all, LTC nurses use a different set of skills than acute care nurses. But, a nurse is a nurse, and if the LTC nurse keeps up-to-date and does his or her best to stay on top of learning, there’s really no reason why the jump can be made from LTC to acute care.

So, is it once a med/surg nurse, always a med/surg nurse? It doesn’t have to be. It depends on how badly you want to get into another area of nursing.

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LPN Free Online CEUs

September 14th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

I’m looking for a government institution that provides free LPN course for people who are interested in continuing their education but don’t have the financial resources.

Continuing your education as a nurse is as important as how you practice everyday in the clinical setting. Health care, policies, treatment, and preventative measures are constantly changing due to many evidence-based practices and studies getting published monthly. As a nurse, it is your job to keep up on the literature and to know how to best perform on the job.

There are many different ways to get your continuing education units (C.E.U.s), both in person at live lectures, workshops, and conferences and online. Sometimes, all it takes is a couple hours in front of the computer with a couple quick clicks of the mouse pad to get all the CEUs you need for your impending renewal! You should go check out Medi-smart’s CEUs directory for an updated list of free online ways to get your credits!

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Free Online CEUs and Courses for the Nurse Working Abroad

August 25th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

I am a new nurse who is aiming to be a professional in the field and I am based abroad. How can you help me achieve this through free online programs?

If you are a new registered nurse in the USA, you are not required to sign up for continuing education units (CEUs) until after the first 2-year license renewal cycle. While CEUs are not necessarily required during this 2-year period after you initially pass the NCLEX, CEUs can still provide significant and up-to-date nursing information, especially if you are traveling and working abroad and do not have direct and easy access to attend CEU courses in person.

Maybe there is a new evidence-based study out on pressure ulcers and ambulatory techniques, or perhaps there is an IV line placement course you could use as a refresher. Whether it be either of these two aspects of nursing, or a completely different educational skillset offered through online courses, you should always be on the lookout for newly-offered CEUs. Make sure to check out both Medi-smart’s Nursing Resources page as well as Medi-smart’s Continuing Education directory for free online CEUs and other courses offered.

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CEUs Information

July 2nd, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

What more advantage would I have if I have CEU courses completed and what does that consists of?

Continuing education units, or CEUs for short, are required for licensed health care professionals to renew their licenses. Depending on what kind of license you have and are working under, there might be different CEUs for you to complete. CEUs are mandatory to keep your license up-to-date and to keep working in the health care field. The goal of attending CEU courses is keep up to speed with ever-changing topics in the medical and health science field.

Check out this post on online CEUs for more information on CEUs and how and where to get them!

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