FL certified nurses are exempt from continuing ed!

Great news! Florida certified nurses are now exempt from many continuing education courses.

The Florida Board of Nursing (BON) updated their continuing education requirements to exempt certified nurses from most required courses.

The Florida Board of Nursing announced that, “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 continuing education requirements.”

Florida certified RN will be required to complete only the 2-hour human trafficking course and Florida certified APRN will be required to complete the 2-hour Human Trafficking and 3-hour Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances course. 

Visit the Florida Board of Nursing’s website for more information.

If you’re a certified nurse, you can elect to receive the exemption and reduce your required biannual continuing education by visiting CE Broker. 

We offer both the Human Trafficking and Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances courses.  Renew Now CE is a Florida Board of Nursing and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certified provider of continuing education. 

We offer a $10 human trafficking course link: Human Trafficking

We have a $25 combo package for APRN link:  FL Certified APRN Package

If you would like to take these courses from us on CE Broker, we offer then for $12 and $20: Provider on CE Broker Link

The Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances.

Florida nurse practitioners are required to complete a biannual continuing education course called, “The Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances.” This important three hour course is timely for nurse practitioners as Florida approved DEA licensing authority for advanced practice providers in 2017. The course is required for all nurse practitioners, even if they do not have a DEA license.

Florida Statue 464.012 covers the requirement for the type of continuing education provider who can supply this course:

464.012 must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances. Such continuing education courses must be offered by a statewide professional association of physicians in this state accredited to provide educational activities designated for the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 credit, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and may be offered in a distance learning format.

Renew Now CE provides this course online. We use a short-video combined with in-course auto-feedback questions.

This course is highly rated! Here is what a Florida nurse practitioner had to say:
Karen, APRN, “Great information and relevant. Reviewed the recent 2017 change and how it affects NP. Course content was put together well.”

Take the course here: The Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances

Learn for Lasting Confidence.

Learn for lasting confidence.

Have you ever felt like you’re just clicking through your courses, rushing to complete required competency training? Do you finish continuing education courses only to forget the material shortly after? If so, there are better ways to learn. There are research-proven methods to help you retain information. One approach is proven to increase long-term retention by over 300 percent.

It is time to move beyond simple compliance. It’s time to learn for lasting confidence.

The Picmonic® Learning System is an audiovisual mnemonic Web-based learning platform (Yang et al., 2014). In a study involving medical students, the audiovisual mnemonics combined with text-based materials demonstrated a 331 percent increase in long-term retention of disease topics when compared to traditional text-based materials (Yang et al., 2014).

Renew Now CE will begin incorporating mnemonics memorization content in our future courses. We currently apply two strategies in our courses that are research-proven to increase knowledge and improve retention. These strategies are short videos and test-enhanced learning.

1. Short videos
2. Test-enhanced learning

Short Videos
Along with the coursework we use short videos, which has been proven to increase knowledge and improve retention of subject matter. Research has proven less can be more. We published evidence in the Journal of COPD from a 2016 study that demonstrated an increase in medical providers’ knowledge and long-term retention after watching a two-minute video (Nolte, Ataya, Merrill, Childs, & Brantly, 2017). There is a consensus in the medical field that longer didactic teaching sessions decrease retention of knowledge. In a large-scale study of video engagement, Guo and colleagues examined the length of time students watched streaming videos within an online education platform, edX. They analyzed results from 6.9 million sessions and observed that the median engagement time for videos less than 6 minutes was close to 100 percent, but student engagement dropped after 9 minutes (Guo, 2014).

Guo, P., Kim, J., Rubin, R. How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos. 2014

Test-enhanced Learning
In courses two hours or longer, we use in-course quizzes. In the last decade, test-enhanced learning has been demonstrated as an efficient way to enhance learning. Research has demonstrated that tests can be used to promote learning and that test-enhanced learning improves long-term retention of information (Kang, McDaniel, & Pashler, 2011; H. L. Roediger, 3rd & J. D. Karpicke, 2006; H. L. Roediger & J. D. Karpicke, 2006).

Renew Now CE wants you to feel confident after taking our courses. We provide evidence-based information using research-proven methods to enhance your learning experience. Our approval as an accredited provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) represents our commitment to excellence. It is our honor to serve medical professionals who daily make a difference in people’s lives.


Guo, P., Kim, J., Rubin, R. . (2014). How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos. Retrieved from http://up.csail.mit.edu/other-pubs/las2014-pguo-engagement.pdf
Kang, S. H., McDaniel, M. A., & Pashler, H. (2011). Effects of testing on learning of functions. Psychon Bull Rev, 18(5), 998-1005. doi:10.3758/s13423-011-0113-x
Nolte, J. L., Ataya, A., Merrill, H., Childs, M., & Brantly, M. (2017). Alpha1-antitrypsin Deficiency-Increased Knowledge and Diagnostic Testing after Viewing Short Instructional Video. COPD, 14(1), 52-55. doi:10.1080/15412555.2016.1245280
Roediger, H. L., 3rd, & Karpicke, J. D. (2006). The Power of Testing Memory: Basic Research and Implications for Educational Practice. Perspect Psychol Sci, 1(3), 181-210. doi:10.1111/j.1745-6916.2006.00012.x
Roediger, H. L., & Karpicke, J. D. (2006). Test-enhanced learning: taking memory tests improves long-term retention. Psychol Sci, 17(3), 249-255. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01693.x
Yang, A., Goel, H., Bryan, M., Robertson, R., Lim, J., Islam, S., & Speicher, M. R. (2014). The Picmonic((R)) Learning System: enhancing memory retention of medical sciences, using an audiovisual mnemonic Web-based learning platform. Adv Med Educ Pract, 5, 125-132. doi:10.2147/AMEP.S61875