What Is a Medscape Nursing CEU?


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A Medscape nursing Continuing Education Unit is an accumulation of 10 contact hour credits that are awarded to individuals who successfully complete continuing education courses offered by Medscape Nurses Education. The American Nurses Credentialing Center approves contact hours completed through MedScape.

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Medscape Education students must score at least 70 percent correct on tests to receive credit. Awarded credits are stored in the Medscape database, and they can be tracked using the Medscape CME Tracker, which is accessed through the student account. Certificates for each completed activity can be printed directly from the website. Mescape Education offers Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education classes that range from 0.25 to 2 American Medical Association/Physician's Recognition Award credits. Medscape's online courses are free.

Continuing education courses are available from Medscape Nurses Education for Licensed Practical Nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and registered nurses. Available continuing education course activities for nurses include things like clinical briefs, journal articles and patient cases.

One Continuing Education Unit equals 10 contact hours, and 1 contact hour equals 60 minutes, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center. ANCC certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse specialists are required to complete at least 70 contact hours for certificate renewal.

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