RN, LPN Requirements:
All Florida-licensed RN's 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. This two-hour DV course is in addition to the required 24 hours of general CE
Domestic Violence:Section 456.031, Florida Statutes was revised in 2006 to require the two-hour domestic violence (DV) course be taken as part of every third biennial re-licensure or re-certification.
2 hours of education concerning the Laws and Rules of the Florida Nurse Practice act per renewal period will be due beginning with the biennium expiring 2015. The biennium in which the Laws and Rules course is due your general hours will total 20 (licensees expiring in 2014 are not required to complete laws and rules until their 2016 renewal)
(1) Each certified nursing assistant must complete a minimum of 12 hours of in-service training each calendar year. For candidates certified during the calendar year, the minimum in-service hours required shall be prorated at the rate of 1.0 hours per month from the month of initial certification to the end of the calendar year.
(2) Every 2 years, in-service training hours shall include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
(a) HIV/AIDS, Infection Control;
(b) Domestic Violence;
(c) Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects Appropriate to Nursing Assistants;
(d) Resident Rights;
(e) Communication with cognitively impaired clients;
(f) CPR skills; and
(g) Medical Error Prevention and Safety.
(3) After meeting the requirement in subsection (2), health care career/technical courses in a college, university, or approved nursing program may be used to meet the hours requirement in subsection (1).
(4) A certified nursing assistant is exempt from the inservice education requirement in subsection (1) if the certified nursing assistant was on active duty with the Armed Forces for 6 months or more during the calendar year, and was in good standing with the board at the time active duty began. However, this exemption will not arise on the basis of the performance of short periods of active duty (such as summer or weekend drills) by a member of the Armed Forces Reserves. Duty in the United States Public Health Service is not considered duty in the Armed Forces.
(5) A certified nursing assistant who is the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces and was caused to be absent from Florida due to the spouses duties with the Armed Forces shall be exempt from inservice hours requirements. The certified nursing assistant must show satisfactory proof of the absence and the spouses military status.
(6) Each certified nursing assistant must retain in-service compliance records for a period of 4 years and submit records to the board if required for auditing.