Remember to Get Your CEUs Before the End of the Year

Written by Health Providers Choice on Thursday, December 15, 2022 Posted in Education & Career Advancement

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While administering compassionate care is a nurse’s prime directive, education isn’t far behind. Nurses are constantly learning and upskilling to keep pace with evolving technologies, practices, and information — so much that earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is an annual prerequisite for maintaining a nursing license. As we welcome the close of 2022, now’s the time to catch up on any CEUs you need before the end of the year — or start looking ahead at continuing education in 2023.

It's not too late to catch up on continuing education

The end of the year is the perfect time to double-check your CEU requirements and make sure you’ve completed them. If you haven’t, don’t stress! There’s still time for nurses to satisfy their ongoing education requirements for the year. Take this opportunity to catch up before 2023.

Neglecting your CEUs isn’t something you want to risk. Continuing education is required to keep your nursing license in good standing. This applies to both your state of residency and any state you practice in as a travel nurse. State agencies oversee these requirements and may prohibit you from renewing your license if you don’t meet them. You may even be barred from a specialty or a particular hospital if you don’t meet their specific CEU requirements.

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Use available resources for nursing CEUs

Thankfully, catching up on your CEUs isn’t particularly difficult. There’s an abundance of resources that can help you meet your educational requirements.

Many CEU resources are available online, which is ideal for nurses who are on assignment. You can pursue education when it works for your schedule. Most classes are modular, allowing you to stop and start as needed. Some CEUs can be found for free, while others may cost a small fee.

Here are some of the most common places to find continuing education resources online:

There are ample CEU resources offline, as well. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities host educational events with CEUs. Check with your current facility to see if any are on the schedule through the end of the year.

Your travel nurse agency also can be a valuable resource. Some agencies offer free continuing education to their travel nurses. Recruiters, too, have a wealth of information to share, including more resources for CEUs. If you’re missing units for a specific requirement, they may be able to help.

Plan ahead for next year

Whether you’ve already completed this year’s CEU requirements or you’re still catching up, take time to plan for next year’s education. It’s easiest to space out your CEUs throughout the year. Some nurses knock them out between assignments, while others do them on an ongoing basis. You might even be able to get a jump start on next year’s units if you’re all set for 2022. Regardless of your plan, make sure you keep continuing education top of mind.

Education is a continuous part of a nurse’s job — especially a travel nurse’s. Make sure you’re maintaining your CEUs this year and every year, using continuing education resources that further your knowledge as a capable, compassionate nurse. Need help finding CEU resources? Contact Health Providers Choice online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.