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Article Title: Benefits of Nursing Continuing Education Online
Author: E.V. Stankowski, RN

What are Nursing CEUs?
CEUs or continuing education units are "contact hours of education" which are needed for state licensure or certification renewal. CEUs provide a way to establish a minimum standard within the nursing profession. Continuing education courses not only include nurses (RNs & LPNs), but now many states require nursing assistants to earn continuing education hours to maintain their certifications. These groups of assistants include: Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides (HHA), Personal Care Aides (PCA) and Patient Care Technicians.

Approved CEUs
When deciding which CEU course offering to take online, there are two main aspects to look for:
-Is the CE provider approved by your state nursing board.
-Is the CE provider accredited.

To determine if the online course you're thinking of taking meet the above criteria, you need to first do a search online for the website of your state nursing board.  Most state nursing boards will list CE providers that are accredited and approved by there CE standards.  Also the CE provider, on their website, must have a link and write-up about their accreditation standards and which states they are accredited for.

Benefits of Online CEUs
In today's "fast-lane" type lifestyle, online learning has become a fast growing alternative to meeting the need of nurses and nursing staff's continuing education requirements.  It is an affordable and flexible way to earn your continuing ed requirements and many CE providers are approved to meet this need.

There are CE providers that offer FREE continuing ed courses online, but before you choose this option, make sure the provider is an accredited agency and, most importantly, one that is approved by your state nursing broad.

Most approved and accredited CE providers charge for CE courses online, but they are worth the money.  The going rate for one contact hour is usually $10 dollars.  A very affordable fee and one that offers peace of mind.  It is of no use to spend countless hours of study and then discover that your "free course" is not approved by your state nursing board. 

Another advantage to using an approved and accredited CE provider is that they send copies of your CE completion course certificates to your state board.  A real plus.  And by and large, online continuing ed credits are much cheaper than traditional seminars which can range from $50 - $100 or more per seminar session.

Where to Take Accredited Nursing CEUs Online If you are a nurse (RN or LPN), nursing assistant, legal nurse consultant or Nursing Home Administrator, Western offers approved and accredited continuing education courses for all 50 states. 

About the Author
E.V. Stankowski is an RN of 40 years (eight of those years she spent in an LPN capacity). She is also owner and operator of, a site dedicated to the "appreciation" of nurses and healthcare professionals. Nursing appreciation gifts, nursing poetry and online nursing educational degrees and accredited nursing CEUs are the focus of her website.

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