Continuing Education Can Help
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Continuing education for nurses is a requirement in Oregon. Nurses in Oregon need to complete a one-time, mandatory seven hours of CE on pain management. After that, there are no continuing education requirements for license renewal.
However, if you have a complaint filed against you with the nursing board, and the OSBN opens an investigation, continuing education can help. Continuing education might be required to avoid discipline or as part of disciplinary sanctions in your settlement agreement with the nursing board, or you could undergo additional education and training of your own volition, as a good faith gesture.
In Oregon, in terms of the required pain management continuing education, one hour must be provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission, and the other six hours have to be approved by the licensing board and must focus on pain or palliative care.
In Washington, nurses need to complete at least 45 hours of continuing ed every three years. These hours can come from a combination of classroom study, online courses, workshops and trainings, and even on-the-job learning.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a non-profit organization that offers a number of online courses for nurses.
Before taking any continuing education courses, however, it is important to make sure the course is properly accredited and will be recognized by the nurse licensing board.
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