Nurses can earn continuing education units for free from professional associations such as the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Other entities that may provide free continuing educations units to nurses include hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies, and nursing conferences and conventions.
Nursing associations may offer free professional development events, such as lectures, where attendees may be able to earn continuing education units. Usually, nurses must be members of the professional association to take advantage of these opportunities.
Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies may also sponsor events that can count toward continuing education hours. Another resource for earning free continuing education units are rn.com or nurse.com. These websites offer both free and paid courses.
Nurses may be able to earn continuing education credits at work if their employers offer the credits. For example, hospitals sometimes provide continuing education units to nurses who attend staff meetings. Sometimes, employers may cover the costs of attendance at nursing conferences and conventions, which may offer workshops and other opportunities for professional development. Depending on the offerings, a nurse may be able to earn a number of continuing education credits in a short period of time.