Some ways for licensed practical nurses to get free continuing education units include completing free training courses at their place of work, volunteering at clinics and attending work-related seminars. Some nursing associations also offer free courses for earning CEUs to members.
Most states require that LPNs earn a certain number of CEUs each year to maintain their nursing certification. LPNs who are employed at hospitals or skilled nursing facilities usually have access to free training courses to meet most of their CEU requirements. LPNs employed in other health-care areas sometimes have opportunities to attend seminars courtesy of their employers where CEU earning opportunities are available. Volunteering at a clinic in a supervised role that stretches your nursing abilities also provides CEUs in some cases.
Some online learning sites, such as Nurse.com and NurseCEU.com, offer a few free courses for earning CEUs. Other sites require a membership fee to take an unlimited number of CEU offerings. This is a low-cost option to supplement free opportunities. Many of the online learning sites have CEU courses that change regularly, so checking back frequently provides the largest selection of courses.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a large selection of free continuing education courses to its members. Sometimes employers agree to pay the membership fee for this or similar professional organizations providing employees with a large number of CEU opportunities.