Most (if not all) states require nurses to complete continuing education (CE)’s every two years. In Kansas, all 30 required hours can be completed online, as long as the course has been approved by any state board of nursing. In my ten years since graduation, I haven’t paid anything for my CE’s. There are many online sources for free nursing ceu’s, so spend a few minutes on google and save yourself some money! The only negative is that you’ll have to create accounts on a bunch of different websites– so definitely use your junk email account if you have one. Also, the CDC site can be tricky, but stick with it because some of their courses knock a lot of those hours out at once.
Here are some courses I took this year:
Gynecologic Cancer Educational Modules for Health Care Professionals – CDC 1.3 hours (but Kansas only counts partial hours if they’re .5)
*Free continuing education for nurses (Free CEU’s)