Topics covered in a state certified registered nurse (RN) refresher course vary as they cover the latest developments in the nursing and medical field. The courses, required to renew a nursing license, cover topics ranging from pain management and surgical updates to state laws that pertain to the practice of nursing and medical ethics, according to the Study website.
These programs fulfill each state's requirements for renewing a license which include classroom, clinical, teaching, volunteer, online and independent study in specific practical and classroom courses directly related to the specialty of work. Depending if an applicant is seeking to renew an active license or reactivate one, the requirements are different and cover many topics related to working as a medical provider.
These courses can be taken at approved continuing education providers, which can include private practices, clinics and medical centers specializing in specific fields of medicine such as care of the elderly, patients with respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, endocrine and neurological problems, according to Cleveland State University.
Requirements change depending if a license is expired or up for renewal but all include classroom and clinical time with different activities like publishing material in a medical journal being credited towards the total hours achieved.