“Can I use my specialty nursing certification to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew my license?
Licensed nurses: Licensed nurses (LPN, RN, ARNP) are now exempt from continuing education requirements for licensure renewal if they are certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or the Accrediting Bureau of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and report the continuing education exemption to CE Broker. A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from all continuing education requirements, to include the mandatory continuing education courses. This exemption is specific for the purposes of licensure renewal and does not exempt nurses from continuing education requirements necessary to maintain certification.”
The National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), therefore CRNAs as ARNPs in the State of Florida are exempt from additional Florida continuing education requirements. Florida CRNAs just need to meet the national requirements from the NBCRNA. The national requirements can be found in the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) program within the NBCRNA website. The CPC Program is in full effect as of August 1, 2016. All Continuing Education met through the NBCRNA need to be reported to the Florida Board of Nursing though the CE Broker website.