Board Certified ARNPs now Exempt from FL CEs for license renewal
Senate Bill 1036 (by Senator Grimsley), primarily related to nursing education programs, passed from the 2014 legislative session & became law on July 1st as Chapter 2014-92, Laws of Florida. (Senate Bill history here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1036).
You will find a summary of the changes below and can view the actual bill language at http://laws.flrules.org/2014/92
1. Nursing licensure applicants: The changes require graduates of approved nursing education programs in Florida, who do not take the licensure examination within 6 months after graduation, to complete a licensure exam preparatory course (approved by the Board of Nursing).
2. 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).
3. Nursing education programs: 6 new rules related to nursing educational programs.