5 Great Websites for Free CEUs
By Jennifer Olin, BSN, RN
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been on my mind a lot lately. I have written about what states need how many, and why CEUs may or may not be important. Now, it dawns on me there is one more piece I can write to round out this topic how to collect them.
There are many ways to get CEUs without spending a dime. Often hospitals offer them as part of their regular staff meetings. Pharmaceutical and equipment companies offer them when you learn about using their products. Nursing societies regularly sponsor special events, symposiums, and lectures where attendance is worth at least one CEU, and sometimes more than that.
However, as the year passes and the renewing of your nursing license draws near sometimes you need to earn a few more as quickly as possible. Here are some of my favorite sites for collecting free CEUs:
- CEUsforFree.com This site offers an array of free CEU listings from other websites. There may be just one, or a whole list of courses, and you will probably be able to find some that suit your needs.
- Nurse.com Another great resource for free CEUs and also a great resource for state mandated CEUs.
- Nurseceu.com Not just free CEUs but quite a few of them are more than just a single credit. Currently there is even one about Parkinson s Disease that is worth 7.5 credits.
- RN.com All the state mandatory CEUs for licensing and a small selection of free CEUs. The selection of free units change from time-to-time and the free offerings are often more than one credit.
- usatravmed.com This site is kind of busy in its layout but lots of good information and CEU suggestions are just a click away.
There are, of course, many other websites with free CEU offerings. These are just a few of my favorites.
What I call sort of free or included in admission, are the CEUs you earn when attending a convention or meeting. These credits may not be totally free but if price of attending is supplemented or completely paid for by your employer they are certainly, at the least, close to free. Make sure to pick up the CEU attendance forms, in just a day or two you can earn 20 or more units. The publications and websites for most specialty organizations are another great source for continuing ed credits, and they come free with membership.
Many employers require their nursing staff to have Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification. If you take the class not just the test that s a quick 14 hours in the bag.
To sum it up, there are plenty of free offerings out there to complete your requirements for licensing each time around. There are many courses you can take for a fee and will complete your requirements in one or two sittings. If you are looking for specific educational enhancement this may be the way to go. But, if you are just looking to learn a little more about your profession or specialty, and need to fill holes in your state s required CEUs for licensing, there are many ways to earn those coveted credits without once opening your wallet.