Did you know that you have to maintain your
nursing license, otherwise it will expire?
Yeah, me neither. Until Michigan sent me a
letter, and it said, "Hey, you won't have
your license unless you pay us a lot of
money and do all of this".
You actually have to maintain your license
after taking the NCLEX by doing
CEUs, paying more money and sometimes
filling out more paperwork.
Or they take it away, and you have to take
the NCLEX again.
And that's... That's a punishment you want
So what do you have to do in order to
maintain your nursing license?
This will usually - shocker - depend on the
state that you were licensed in.
Pretty much every single state will take
your money in order for you to renew your
license. Many will also require that you
have a certain number of continuing education
credits done during your renewal period.
This will, not shockingly, vary state by
And some will require none at all, while some
also have regular
CEUs and then special requirements that you
need to take a certain number of in order to
be done. So like one CEU in pain management
or something like that.
You can do these CEUs using a ton of
different tools, including online
resources, things you find in the mail,
going to conferences or attending educational
events at your job.
Or if you are in school for something related
to nursing or you are trying to...
You're taking a class to get certified in
all of those hours can also count toward C
So how often do you need to renew your whole
license and deal with this whole shenanigans?
This answer will shock you, I'm sure, but it
depends on your state.
Your State Board of Nursing is going to say
what they want and how often you have to do
this. Usually you don't have to do anything
in terms of CEUs if you need those in your
state the very first time you renew your
license after you graduate.
But after that, they will let you know what
you need, how often, how much
money that you can pay them.
And, as always, when in doubt, just call
Nursing boards can be incredibly confusing.
And maybe now that now you're understanding
why Linda and I had such a
Thank you, Linda at Michigan State Board of
You're the best. But really, just call
They're usually really helpful in getting
you, navigating you through the process to
figure it out.