Required CE For RN Employed In The States From Federal Region II

State requirements for licensure vary from states to states especially the continuing education requirements for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. When renewing license, some of the important factors registered nurses must consider are the duration or the years of the license before it expires, the specific number of CE contact hours required, and courses approved by the board of nursing in the state.

States Included In The Standard Federal Region II:

  • US Virgin Islands
  • New Jersey
  • New York

US Virgin Islands

The maximum years of license given in this state for registered nurses is 2 years so RNs working in the state of US Virgin Islands must renew their license biennially. The board of nursing in US Virgin Islands provide three options and registered nurses must accomplish 2 of the 3 requirements to be able to renew nursing license. These options are:

  1. Earn 15 contact hours of professional activity related to nursing.
  2. Earn 15 contact hours of continuing education in nursing-related courses.
  3. Minimum of 320 hours work experience earned within 2 years of working as a registered nurse.

New York

New York is one of the many states in the US that impose specific state-required CE courses for registered nurses. To be able to renew license, registered nurses employed in the state of New York must take:

  1. CE course on: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment in New York. Finishing this course will provide RNs 2 contact hours of CE. This course is only required on the first renewal of license.
  2. CE course on: New York Mandated Infection Control for Healthcare Professionals. This course should be taken every 4 years upon the renewal of license to accomplish the state-required CE in New York.

There are numerous organizations and CE providers directly approved and accredited by the New York State Education Department. For the CE course on Child Abuse and Infection Control, the accredited providers are:

  • Continuing Education Online, Inc.
  • Access Continuing Education, Inc.
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • Abused Child Research Associates
  • NY Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Total Compliance Solutions, Inc.
  • Health Studies Institute, Inc.

New Jersey

For the state of New Jersey, the minimum continuing education required for registered nurses renewing their license is 30 contact hours. Renewal of license must be done every 2 years so registered nurses can continue their work as professional healthcare provider in the state. Any continuing education course or unit will be accepted as long as the course or the provider is accredited by the board of nursing in New Jersey.

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