Every two years, registered nurses in Pennsylvania must complete 30 nursing CEUs to renew their licenses. Most other nursing jobs require CEUs as well. CEU stands for continuing education unit, and each unit represents 10 contact hours. These can be acquired by instruction in the form of nursing education courses or activities.
The world’s collective medical knowledge grows larger every day. Nurses need to keep up to date on the latest procedures, technologies, and research. Doing so can save and improve their patients’ lives.
Finding high-quality nursing CEU opportunities can be tricky. This is mainly because due to the oversaturated market of online choices, each claiming to be the best. You may also prefer in-person learning experiences, where you can connect with other professionals and get the most out of your continuing education requirements. Here are some of the best options in the Pittsburgh area.
University of Pittsburgh Mid Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center
The University of Pittsburgh offers plenty of top-quality continuing education options. Most importantly, their Mid Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center holds a good portion of these. They’ve been known to offer interactive webinars on topics like “Perinatal Hepatitis C: Testing Diagnosis, and Treatment during Pregnancy and Childhood” and “The Application of Public Health Science to the Delivery of the Ten Essential Public Health Services”. They also have interactive online modules. Their rich library of resources provides a great option for nurses in Pittsburgh who want online training from a local, reputable university.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
The University of Pittsburgh also offers continuing education opportunities directly through their school of nursing. They provide both live webinar events and enduring online activities. Another option is a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Held in the PA Child Welfare Resource Center, they offer free continuing education activities (which count as either two or three hours) on the topic of “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania.”
Duquesne University School of Nursing
Duquesne University’s School of Nursing is an approved provider of CEUs as well. One example of an opportunity they’ve offered is The Carol Carfang Nursing and Healthcare Ethics Conference, which provided 10.5 CEUs over two days.
UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
The UPMC Center for CCEHS is a prestigious provider of nursing CEUs, having been awarded Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) with Commendation. They offer nursing education to a vast selection of health care professionals including registered nurses and nurse practitioners.
Westmoreland County Community College
Westmoreland has non-credit classes and training options that also count as CEUs. They boast the ability to help you learn new work skills. As well as to help you improve on your current skills, and, of course, maintain your nursing certification. The community college provides both in-person and online nursing education. Some examples include Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Cardiac Life Support.
Completing each nursing CEU requires a lot of time, dedication, and a strong work ethic, but nurses should see these requirements as an opportunity to grow and improve in their profession. Therefore, it makes sense to look for the best possible options in your area to get as much out of your nursing education as you can.
For more information about nursing CEUs, education, and careers, visit CynaMed. We offer information, advice, and resources for every stage of your nursing career. If you’re new to CEUs, check out our article “Continuing Education for Nurses: All That New Nurses Need to Know” to learn more basic information on the whole process.