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The mission of the Alaska Nurses Association is to advance and support the profession of nursing in Alaska. We are a voice for and represent over 7,000 nurses across the entire state of Alaska.
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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is CE?

CE stands for continuing education. The purpose of continuing education is to advance one’s knowledge in his or her profession, thus improving practice. Various nursing CE activities are offered and participants are awarded contact hours upon completion. Each state has a specific amount of contact hours required for nursing licensure renewal; the Alaska Board of Nursing requires 30 hours every two years (even-numbered years).

Who can use nursing CEs?

Licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, and certified registered nurse anesthetists may all use nursing CEs. Other healthcare professionals should contact their Board to verify the use of nursing CEs towards licensure requirements.

What CEs can nurses use for licensure?

Per the Alaska Board of Nursing, educational activities from healthcare professions outside of nursing (e.g. physicians and dieticians) may be used to fulfill CE requirements. College courses may also be used if they are courses that are part of a nursing degree program separate from the courses taken for initial licensure.

What are the CE requirements for new nurses?

Registered nurses who obtain their original license on or after December 1st of the year prior to renewal are exempt from the CE requirements for the first renewal. If the original license is obtained on or before November 30th of the year prior to renewal, the CE requirements for licensure renewal applies.

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