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

 

 

Just like in other federal regions, states in this region also have varying requirements when it comes to licensing and continuing education for registered nurses.

 

 

 

 

 

States Included In The Standard Federal Region III

  • ¬†District Of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

 

District of Columbia

Registered nurses working in the state of District of Columbia must renew license every 2 years. To renew license, RN must earn at least 24 contact hours of continuing education approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.

 

Pennsylvania

Required Continuing Education For Registered Nurses

Registered nurses employed in the state of Pennsylvania must renew their license biennially in order to continue working as a registered nurse in the state. The minimum continuing education requirement is 30 contact hours. To earn contact hours, RN must take CE course approved and accredited by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing or the CE providers authorized by the board.

 

Delaware

Just like in most states, registered nurses employed in the state of Delaware must also renew their license every 2 years. The minimum continuing education requirement is 30 CE contact hours. There is also a work experience requirement depending on the number of years in the profession.

  • 400 hours of work experience for registered nurses working for 2 years
  • 1,000 hours work experience for registered nurses working for 5 years

 

West Virginia

Compared to the usual biennial renewal of license, West Virginia is one of the few states in the US that require registered nurses to renew license annually. West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses requires RNs working in the state to accomplish 12 hours of continuing education to renew license. To accomplish the CE requirement, RNs can choose various options depending on the approved CE courses and units by the board of nursing in West Virginia.

  1. RNs can earn 12 contact hours by taking a CE course accredited by the board of nursing equivalent to 12 hours.
  2. RNs can earn 6 contact hours by taking a CE course which consists of 2-hour self study and accredited by the board. The remaining 6 contact hours can be accomplished by taking additional CE courses approved by the board.
  3. Some of the options are: accomplishing a nursing refresher course with 6 months duration, teaching a new employee as a clinical instructor for 122 hours, publishing a nursing-related article in a national healthcare or nursing publication or journal, participating in a research work as an investigator, co-investigator, or as a project director.

 

Maryland and Virginia

The states of Maryland and Virginia do not impose CE requirements for registered nurses employed in the state and planning to renew their license.

 

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