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Florida Board of Nursing
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way , Bin # A00
Tallahassee , FL 32399 -1701
Licensure Information: http://www.floridasnursing.gov/licensing/
Continuing Education Requirements: All Florida-licensed RNs 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.
Licensure Requirement Summary:
Is in good mental and physical health, is a recipient of a high school diploma or the equivalent, and has completed the requirements for:
1. Graduation from an approved program;
2. Graduation from a prelicensure nursing education program that the board determines is equivalent to an approved program;
3. Graduation on or after July 1, 2009, from an accredited program; or
4. Graduation before July 1, 2009, from a prelicensure nursing education program whose graduates at that time were eligible for examination.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):
Continuing Education Requirements: All Florida-licensed 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.
Licensure Requirement Summary:
Successful completion of courses in a registered nursing education program that are equivalent to a practical nursing education program – Practical Nurse examination based on practical nursing equivalency (PNEQ)
Advance Practice Nursing
(1) Any nurse desiring to be certified as an advanced registered nurse practitioner shall apply to the department and submit proof that he or she holds a current license to practice professional nursing and that he or she meets one or more of the following requirements as determined by the board:
(a) Satisfactory completion of a formal postbasic educational program of at least one academic year, the primary purpose of which is to prepare nurses for advanced or specialized practice.
(b) Certification by an appropriate specialty board. Such certification shall be required for initial state certification and any recertification as a registered nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife. The board may by rule provide for provisional state certification of graduate nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives for a period of time determined to be appropriate for preparing for and passing the national certification examination.
(c) Graduation from a program leading to a master’s degree in a nursing clinical specialty area with preparation in specialized practitioner skills. For applicants graduating on or after October 1, 1998, graduation from a master’s degree program shall be required for initial certification as a nurse practitioner.
Licensure renewal requirements:
24 hours/2 yrs (not required for first-time renewals)
The following courses are approved by the ANCC and may fulfill your contact hour requirements:
NURS 1-620 How to Effectively Manage Health Care Facilities
NURS 1-628 Improving Human Resources
NURS 1-634 Learning to Understand Finances
NURS 1-644 Learning Health Care History, Medicare …
NURS 1-654 The Aging Process: Building Geriatric Resident Care Skills
NURS 1-700 ETHICS: Resident Rights, Behavior, and Quality of Life,…
NURS 1-706 Federal Requirements: Resident Assessment, Quality of Care
NURS 1-710 Federal Requirements: Nursing Services, Dietary, …
NURS 1-720 Infection Control: Infection Control Program
NURS 1-724 Infection Control: Influenza and Norovirus Gastroenteritis
NURS 1-734 Infection Control: Use of Masks, …
NURS 1-740 Infection Control: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
NURS 1-750 Federal Survey Procedures for Long-Term Care Facilities
NURS 1-770 MDS 3.0 RAI Chapters 1, 2, and Chapter 3 Sections A,B,C
NURS 1-776 MDS Guide:Chapter 3 sections d through k
NURS 1-780 Doing the Resident Assessment Protocols MDS 3.0 Chapter 3:L to Z Ch 4, 5, 6
NURS 1-960 Healthy Aging Concepts