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Education Frequently Asked Questions
Education Frequently Asked Questions
Most Frequently Asked Continuing Education
Q. How do I answer the question about
CNE if I am renewing my license for the first time after passing the NCLEX exam?
A: If it has been less than 30 months since
passing the NCLEX exam, you are not required to obtain CNE. You should answer no. If it has been
more then 30 months and you have completed approved CNE you should answer yes.
Q: How do I answer the question about CNE if I am renewing my license for the first time after reinstatement or endorsement?
A: If it has been less than 9 months since reinstatement or endorsement, you are not required to obtain CNE. You should answer no. If it has been more then 9 months and you have completed approved CNE you should answer yes.
Q: What happens if I renew and have not obtained 30 hours of approved CNE?
A: You may be disciplined.
Q: What proof do I need that I completed my CNE?
A. Original certificates of completion from approved providers. Certificates must contain a provider ID number from a recognized Nursing CNE provider. Examples of acceptable providers are KSBN IOA form; CNE providers approved by any state Board of Nursing or any nationally recognized Nursing organization such as ANCC or AANA.
Q: When do I need to apply for individual offering approval (IOA form)?
A: Any course not approved by a recognized CNE provider must go through the individual offering approval process. This would include all college courses and all courses provided by other health care providers.
Q: Can I submit my IOA form after I renew online or with my paper application?
A: No. All CNE's must be completed and approved prior to your renewal. Once you receive your approved IOA form you may complete your online or paper renewal application.
Q: Do I still have to list/enter my CNE?
A: No. Please retain your certificates in the event you are selected for an audit. If you are audited you must submit original certificates.
Q: How many Continuing Nursing Education hours do I need to renew?
A: 30 approved Continuing Nursing Education hours are required every 2 years. You must have completed your CNE before submitting the renewal application.
Q: Do you provide a list of approved Continuing Nursing Education?
A: No, KSBN does not provide a list. Some courses can be found in the KSBN Nursing newsletter.
Q: How do I know the Continuing Nursing Education I completed is approved?
A: Check the accreditation and/or approval on all courses that you complete. KSBN will only accept Continuing Nursing Education that is approved or accredited by Nursing providers. Examples of acceptable providers are KSBN IOA form; CNE providers approved by any state Board of Nursing or any nationally recognized Nursing organization such as ANCC or AANA.
Q: Do college classes count for Continuing Nursing Education?
A: Not all college courses count for Continuing Nursing Education. College courses in science, psychology, sociology, or statistics that are prerequisites for a nursing degree may qualify. If you would like to use your college courses for Continuing Nursing Education credit you must complete the Individual Offering of Approval (IOA) form. This process must be completed PRIOR to using a college course for renewal or reinstatement.
Q: I have acquired many Continuing Nursing Education hours that are less than 1 contact hour. Can I use those for Continuing Education hours?
A: No. KSBN will not accept Continuing Nursing Education that is less than 1 contact hour.
Q: Can I use my CMEs for Continued Nursing Education?
A: CME's are Continuing Medical Education (CME) and not Continuing Nursing Education (CNE). These may only be used if the course is submitted for approval on the Individual Offering of Approval (IOA) form.
Q: Can I fax Individual Offering Approval?
A: No, you must mail the original IOA form along with a self addressed stamped envelope and other items as noted in the instructions for completing the IOA form.
Q: Some certificates give credit in CEU's. What's a CEU?
A: One CEU (continuing education unit) = 10 contact hours. One contact hour is equal to 50 clock minutes. One contact hour is accepted by KSBN as 1 CNE hour.
Q: How do I become a provider of Continuing Nursing Education?
A: You must fill out either a Single Program Providership Application or a Long-Term Providership Application depending on your needs.
Q: How many CNE hours are college classes worth?
A: If approved, a college class will be worth 15 contact hours of CNE for every one semester credit that was earned for the college class. An original transcript is necessary to prove completion of the class, along with a syllabus, the IOA form and a self addressed, stamped envelope.
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