A number of hospitals and health care facilities offer free workshops and training seminars that fulfill continuing education requirements for nurses. Clinic work can also award health professionals with free CEUs, states PracticalNursing.org. There are also free online courses and webinars that meet the continuing education requirements of most states.
Some states have restrictions on the courses and resources that qualify as continuing education units, but in most locations, there are ample opportunities for nurses to earn free CEUs, explains PracticalNursing.org. Local nursing organizations, physicians' offices and hospitals often have information on upcoming events that meet state requirements.
Some professional organizations offer free continuing education courses to their members. Members of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, for example, have access to an exclusive library of courses, tool kits and webinars that award participants with contact hours, according to the AORN website.
Aorn.org also has a collection of free resources available to nonmembers who want to earn continuing education credits. Phillips Learning Center is another online provider of continuing education courses for nurses and includes a selection of accredited courses that are available for free through TheOnlineLearningCenter.com. Nurses with a free Medscape account can earn credits by successfully completing designated continuing education activities found throughout the website, says Medscape.com.