August 21, 2017

Continuing Education Requirements

CE

The WV RN Board recently moved and their phone numbers have also changed. Please update your records with their new information:
West Virginia Board of Examiners
for Registered Professional Nurses
90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Suite 203
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: (304) 744-0900 or 1-877-743-NURS(6877)
Fax: (304) 744-0600
Email: rnboard@wv.gov

CE Information for WV RN Licensure

All registered nurses (RN) in West Virginia (WV) are required to complete Continuing Education (CE) in order to maintain state licensure. All WV RN licenses expire October 31st each year. Twelve (12) hours of CE are required to renew annually.

A new CE requirement for WV RNs is CE for mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans. This particular CE is defined as educational offerings that include information on training on inquiring or inquiring about whether the patients are veterans or family members of veterans, and screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and prevention of suicide.

Specific WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WV RN Board) guidelines include the following:
1. The initial course(s) is at least a total of 2 hours and may be counted as part of the current 12 hour annual CE requirement.
2. After the first 2 hour course, subsequent updates must be at least 2 hours and may be counted as part of the current 12 hour annual CE requirement, and must be completed on or before October 31 of each year.
3. The training may be in 1 or 2 courses or a portion of a longer program provided the brochure or agenda describes the content and the number of hours related to the requirements.
4. The WV RN Board accepts nurse CE credit approved by any state board of nursing, or state/national nursing association related to mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, and screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and prevention of suicide. Click this link for more detailed information about this specific CE: Guidelines for Veterans CE Requirement.

Additionally, we also have specific CE requirements related to drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances. We must complete at least 1 hour of this particular CE and may be counted as part of the current 12 hour annual CE requirement, and must be completed on or before October 31 of each year. *Please note that if you are a new WV RN (for example as a newly admitted SRNA or a locum tenens CRNA), then you must complete additional CE in this area prior to your first RN license renewal. The initial course must include at least 3 hours of CE related to drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances. Click this link for more detailed information about this specific CE: Guidelines for Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances CE.

CE Information for WV APRN Licensure
What do you need to know about the continuing education requirements necessary for your APRN license renewal?

There are APRN specific CE requirements that you must meet in order to renew your APRN license. An APRN must complete 12 hours of pharmacotherapeutics and 12 hours of clinical management practice each license renewal period. Please note that this means each WV APRN must complete 12 hours of pharmacotherapeutics and 12 hours of clinical management practice between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. The WV RN Board will only accept CE Certificates as evidence that you have completed the required CE. Please make sure that the certificate indicates how many of the CE credits awarded were designated as Pharmacology CE credits.

The WV RN Board has told the WVANA that they will accept CEs from nurse providers such as state/national nursing associations, national certification bodies and any state board of nursing in the US or its territories; if the target population includes advanced practice registered nurses. The WV RN Board also shared that pharmacotherapeutics means advanced pharmacology, etc. Clinical management practice means advanced assessment, diagnoses, outcome identification, planning, intervention, and/or evaluation, etc.

The CEs required to maintain your APRN license do not add to the total number of CE hours you are required to earn. The CEs you are already earning to maintain CRNA recertification can be used to meet these APRN requirements. However, they must meet the above criteria for content, be earned in the correct time frame, and be of the required hour amount.

The exact language related to these requirements is found in WV19CSR7: 6.1.b. –
Evidence of completion of a minimum of 24 contact hours obtained within the most recent licensure renewal cycle; 12 hours in pharmacotherapeutics, 8 of which may be used for renewal and reinstatement of Limited Prescriptive Authority in accordance with WV19CSR8 and 12 hours in the clinical management of patients from an approved continuing education provider recognized by the Board. 12 hours may count toward the continuing education requirement for the registered nurse license according to WV19CSR11.

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
The practice of WV CRNAs is regulated by the WV RN Board. Every CRNA in WV should be familiar with the state nurse practice act, along with the rules and regulations of the state WV RN Board. For more information visit the website of our WV RN Board.