CE Requirements for RNs:
Louisiana Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses are calendar year licenses which need to be renewed every fall for the next year. Online renewal season begins on October 1st after 1:00 pm (Central Standard Time) and closes at midnight January 31st. However, an additional late fee is charged for all renewals submitted/paid online at midnight December 31st and throughout the month of January.
All Louisiana RNs must have already completed ANCC or U.S. Board of Nursing accredited nursing continuing education (CEs) which meet LSBN rules prior to renewing online. For RNs with employer verified nursing practice of 1,600 hours or more for the current year (10 full months at 40 hours per week), a minimum of 5 contact hours of nursing CEs are required each year to renew. For an RN with employer verified nursing practice for the year was 159 hours or less - or - the nurse was either unemployed or self-employed for the current year, a minimum of 15 contact hours is required. For RNs whose employer verified nursing practice was between 160 hours to 1,599 hours for the current calendar year, the RN will need a minimum of 10 contact hours to qualify for annual renewal.
Louisiana APRN with nationally certification must have a minimum of 6 contact hours of advanced level pharmacology specific continuing education applicable to their licensed AP population foci annually to qualify for license renewal.
CE Requirements for LPNs:
There are no continuing education units/hours required for LPN licensure. However, some employers may require a minimum amount of continuing education.