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Florida State Board of Nursing Continuing Education Requirements 

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All Florida-licensed RNs and LPNs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period.

One (1) contact hour is required for each calendar month of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on January 31, 2007, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the January 31, 2011 renewal.

A registered nurse who also holds a current Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner certificate may satisfy the continuing education requirements for both licenses by completing appropriate courses for a registered nurse, or may satisfy up to 50% of the requirement by completing continuing medical education coursework.

Appropriate subject matter for continuing education are those which meet the professional education needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of his or her patients and consist of content from one or more of the following:

1.      Nursing practice areas and special health care problems.
2.    Biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences.
3.      Legal aspects of health care.

4.      Management/administration of health care personnel and patient care.

5.      Teaching/learning process of health care personnel and patients.

6.      Subjects at an accredited education institution that are taken and are advanced beyond that completed for original licensure.

7.      Personal development subject matter must include application of content as it relates to improved patient care.

Nurses licensed by examination during the current renewal period, in any state, are exempt from additional continuing education requirements for the first renewal period only. This exemption is lost if the license is not renewed by the renewal deadline.

All licensees are subject to audit. If audited, you must submit copies of certificates of attendance to the Board of Nursing as proof of participation in appropriate continuing education. It is the responsibility of the licensee to retain all copies of certificates of attendance for a period of at least four (4) years. Do NOT send certificates to the Board of Nursing unless requested.

 

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The Division of Medical Quality Assurance is now sending renewal reminders on white postcards 90 days before your renewal is due. Please be on the lookout for this postcard. The card will provide the amount of the renewal, the deadline to renew and instructions for renewing. The card will direct you to log into online services and select to either renew on-line or to print off your renewal notice and mail it in with a cashiers check or money order. Renewing online is as simple as going to www.FLHealthsource.com, clicking on the "Renew My License" button on the homepage, and following the instructions. If you do not know your User ID and Password, the system will assist you in logging in after you answer several specific validation questions.

If you have any problems using online renewal or other questions about your renewal, please contact the Division's customer contact center at 850-488-0595 and choose option 3.

Renewal Information

Nurses are not permitted to practice without proof of current licensure. If you do not have your new license by the expiration date you or your employer can check to determine if your license has been renewed at: Health Licensee and Continuing Education Providers Information search.

Continuing Education Information

Renew your nursing license online.

General Renewal Information:
Important Renewal Information (pdf - 57kb)

Renewal Information for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

* ARNP - Financial Responsibility Form (pdf - 33kb)
* ARNP Dispensing Practitioner Registration (pdf - 44kb) (Additional $100.00)

Renewal Information for Registered Nurse

Renewal Information for Clinical Nurse Specialist

Renewal Information for Licensed Practical Nurse

Renewal Information for Certified Nursing Assistant