As of 2015, Ohio law requires that licensed practical nurses and registered nurses complete 24 contact hours worth of continuing education units to renew their licensure every two years, although those with endorsements up to one year old just need 12 contact hours, mentions OHNurses.org. Additional requirements apply for the types of courses nurses can take and where they can come from.
For registered nurses, the 24 required contact hours need to be done by the licensure renewal that takes place on every odd-numbered year, while the contacts are needed by every even-numbered year for licensed practical nurses, notes Nurse.com. Part of the required hours include one hour of courses related to nursing board rules and laws for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses without endorsements and two hours for those with endorsements.
The continuing education units need to be completed through an organization the Ohio Board of Nursing has approved for education, and nurses can contact the board for information about whether an education provider is approved. Nurses should keep records of the units they complete, although they do not need to submit documentation unless they get audited, mentions OHNurses.org. However, they still need to indicate on the renewal application that they have completed the required hours. If audited, information about the completion date, provider name and contact hours is required.