LPN Continuing Education

LPN Continuing EducationHealthcare is a rapidly changing industry with a lot of research being carried out on diseases and their treatment in various research institutions and hospitals.  There is always a lot to learn for nurses and doctors to keep up with new research findings, new health practices, and technologies, in order to best serve patients. Just like any other healthcare professional, LPNs are also required to complete a few hours of continuing education from time to time to stay competent and carry out their job properly and efficiently.

LPN CE Requirements

Most state nursing boards require LPNs to complete a few hours of continuing education before applying for license renewal. The requirement usually varies from one state to another, but most states require LPNs to complete  20 to 50 contact hours of continuing education and around 400 clock hours of  practice every 2 years. And there are additional requirements for those professionals who have been away from nursing for long and wish to reinstate their license.

Some LPN continuing education providers offer certificates when you complete their courses, but that doesn’t add any value to your qualification. The certificate is just a verification of course completion.

For each state’s requirement on continuing education and refresher courses, you can refer to your state nursing board page here on our website.

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What does LPN Continuing Education Includes?

LPN continuing education content also varies greatly, depending on where you are taking the course and how you are taking it. Continuing education courses can be completed in college or technical school, seminars, workshops, and other work-based activities. The time it takes to complete also varies, based on how many hours your state requires you to have in order to renew your license.

There are also many online continuing education providers, which you can use as home study. You could contact one and ask them to send you their package. The cost may be anywhere from fifty to a few hundred dollars per course. Again, the cost will vary based on how many hours you need. Before paying, make sure the course is accepted by your state board of nursing.

Some of the courses you may cover in your continuing education course include:

  • Domestic Violence
  • IV Therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  • Therapeutic interpersonal relationship skills, including communication/language skills
  • Alternative therapies
  • Maintenance of mental and physical health
  • Prevention of illness, injury, or infirmity
  • Management, teaching, and counseling
  • Teaching nurses, patients, and families
  • Case findings and case management
  • Current issues affecting the practice of nursing
  • Administration of medications and treatments

As a nurse, you will always be learning while you are on your job and some of the tasks you will be involved in may be considered as continuing education, but not good enough to score CE credits . There are also some courses which are good enough as CE but your state BON doesn’t give you credit for. To avoid any inconvenience, please ask your state BON for current acceptable courses and accredited courses provided.

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012