South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Protocol and CE reminder

Posted 6 months ago by Vicky Stone-Gale

Just a reminder that if you are board certified through ANCC or AANP you are exempt from the previous CEU Florida license renewal requirement. You must do the 3 hour CS CE-even if you are not getting a DEA number.  Remember to update your protocols with the DEA information. You can go to the website for these two specialty accrediting agencies below to confirm your certification is covered for exemption.  AANP and ANCC are on this list. You do need to report the exemption status to CE Broker.

We have had many questions about the new Controlled Substance CE--you are not exempt from taking this CEU whether you get a DEA number or not. This information is on the BON website as below.

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Requirements

A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements. Advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012 must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances. The 3 hour course on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances is not included in the exemption.

All courses can be live or home study.

REQUIRED SUBJECT AREA REQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURS IMPORTANT INFORMATION
General Hours 20 Must be approved by a state or national organization empowered to accredit nursing continuing education.
The Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances 3 Courses offered by the 4 following organizations can meet the requirement for ARNPs:
(1) Statewide Professional Association of Physicians in this state accredited to provide educational activities designated for the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 credit
(2) American Nurses Credentialing Center
(3) American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (4)American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Prevention of Medical Errors 2 Must be board approved. Approved courses are listed at cebroker.com
Florida Laws and Rules 2 Must be board approved. Approved courses are listed at cebroker.com. The biennium in which the Florida Laws and Rules course is due your general hours will total 20 (licensees expiring in 2014 are not required to complete the Florida laws and rules until their 2016 renewal).
Domestic Violence 2 Must be board approved. Approved courses are listed at cebroker.com. Domestic Violence is required every third biennium and the hours are in addition to the 24 hours required for renewal.
HIV/AIDS 1 Must be board approved. Approved courses are listed at cebroker.com. HIV/AIDS is a one-time requirement prior to the first renewal.

Nurses are now exempt from continuing education requirements for licensure renewal if they are certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or the Accrediting Bureau of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and report the continuing education exemption to CE Broker. A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from all continuing education requirements, to include the mandatory continuing education courses. This exemption is specific for the purposes of licensure renewal and does not exempt nurses from continuing education requirements necessary to maintain certification.

Advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012 must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances. The 3 hour course is not included in the exemption.

First licenses are not generally valid for a full two years. If your Florida license was not issued for the full two year biennium you must complete 1 hour of CE for each month that you hold the license.

Note: The new 2 CE requirement for the Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace course becomes effective August 1, 2017, then every other biennium thereafter.