What are the best online places for free continuing education for nurses?

I want to pursue ce continuing education, but my budget is too tight. Even if I save the little, it would take me almost two years to enroll in an institution of the best healthcare continuing education. I still need the contact hours though so I thought about the free ce online.

I am wondering if it is wise to take free ce or whether I need to have enough money. So what are the best online platforms for free continuing education for nurses?

Samantha Barber

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Justin Parker on June 8, 2018

I understand your dilemma, my friend, your license renewal is approaching, and you need those contact hours ASAP. So I will say, yes, it is wise to pursue nursing free continuing education now. If you select well, you will get just as much out of it as if you can get from the paid course. However, you can still manage to pay for CE for nurses online, it is often cheap if not free. So, right now is the right time to take advantage of these.

The good thing is that you don’t have to attend an actual classroom to get credit hours. Once you have an internet connection, you can start learning today.

I will mention a few places I think you should try:

Nurses.com is a good site and a popular one too, for all things nursing. These include test preparation, live seminars, job advertisements, and free CE courses. You can hardly miss what you’re looking for here. All information regarding nurses is on this website. Once you’re on nurses.com, you don’t need to sign up to enjoy what they have to offer. All their free CEs at a particular time are listed separately, so you don’t get confused. You will get details such as the course title, course ID, and contact hours. Plus, you can check out what CEUs your State mandates that you do.

Medscape nursing which is a service of Medscape Inc. is a significant industry player in healthcare continuing education. With the different media forms for their online classes, they aim to make it easier for nurses to access online CEs from their computer or mobile phone. In advance, electronic technology, a nurse taking CEs with Medscape can track their test scores wherever they are, quickly.

RN.com: this site is comprehensive as it offers all state-mandated CEUs. Though the selection of free CE courses is limited, most of their courses carry more than one credit. You can explore the site from time to time as the listings change every so often.

Ceusforfree.com: offers a variety of CEUs lists derived from other websites. However, it is not always that you will find a long list of units; sometimes you may find just one while other times you may find many. Nonetheless, you will find continuing education-CE that suits your needs.

Most of these resources are not necessarily free sites for nursing CE; most offer both paid and free CE. 

Ronald Miller4 months ago

I don’t think it’s wise to do free continuing education for nurses. However, these sentiments are not without reason. I will take Nurses.com as an example. This platform offers both free and paid CE courses for nurses. However, you have limited freedom of choice when you want a free course here. Sometimes you may find just one course in the display.

Remember that nursing is not like any other profession where CE is just for personal self-development. For nurses, there are those courses that you have to take before you acquire a license to practice. Also, all nurses have stipulated number credit hours they should attain for certification or licensure and how long you can stay without CEs.

For these and many more reasons, I disagree with the view that such free courses are the credible, relevant, and reliable to any serious learner unless of course, you are doing it for fun. 


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