Continuing Education For Nurses
If you haven’t completed your required continuing education hours, your nursing license could be in jeopardy. Call for a free legal consultation to discuss your situation, (503) 232-9280.
Continuing education requirements for nurses vary some from state to state and can be one of the requisites for obtaining and/or renewing a nursing license. Some states do not offer continuing education requirements for nurses, but Oregon has a one-time CE requirement, and Washington has an ongoing CE requirement.
Continuing Education Requirements For Nurses In Oregon
The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) requires all RNs and LPNs to complete a one-time requirement of seven hours of pain management continuing education. One of the hours of CE has to be a course offered by the Oregon Pain Management Commission, while the other six hours can be fulfilled with other pain management courses. Once these seven hours of continuing education have been met, there are no requirements for CE in order for nurses in Oregon to renew their nursing licenses.
Continuing Education Requirements For Nurses In Washington
Beginning in January 2014, the Washington Board of Nursing began requiring nurses to complete at least 45 hours of continuing nursing education every three years.
These CE requirements in Washington apply to RNs and LPNs and can include: classroom study, online courses, submission of professional articles, workshops and trainings, self-study, on the job learning, and correspondence courses.
For nurses, failure to meet continuing education requirements can result in disciplinary action from the state board of nursing. Other causes of discipline by the state nursing board include: expired nursing license, substance abuse, and criminal arrests or convictions.
To learn how continuing education may impact your nursing license, or to schedule a free consultation with a nurses attorney, please contact our office by phone at (503) 232-9280, or e-mail at moc.y1493605600enrot1493605600tases1493605600run@t1493605600catno1493605600c1493605600.
Please note: Kevin Keaney, JD, BSN, MMH, is a nurses attorney in Portland who represents nurses in Oregon and Washington. He has over 28 years of legal experience, and prior to becoming a lawyer, he practiced as a nurse for six years. He is a member of TAANA (American Association for Nurse Attorneys) and the Portland Business Alliance.