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Illinois Continuing Education Requirements
Illinois RN licensure requires 20 hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) every two year renewal period.
Illinois School Nurse Certification Renewal
The Illinois State Board of Education requires 80 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) every 5 year renewal period, or National Certification in School Nursing.
Note: Illinois Certified School Nurses (ICSN) must accrue CPDU’s for certification plus CNE’s for RN license renewals. ICSN’s who are nationally certified do not need to accrue CPDU’s, but must accrue CNE’s related to school nursing.
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Illinois registered nurses are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education per pre-renewal period. The pre-renewal period is the 24 months prior to the expiration date on the license. This requirement went into effect June, 2010. More information about continuing education and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act may be found at http://nursing.illinois.gov/NursingCE.asp
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Illinois Center for Nursing website: http://nursing.illinois.gov/NursingCE.asp
School Nurse Certification
School nurse professional educator licensure with an endorsement in school nursing recognizes the unique knowledge required of the nursing professional in the education setting. Professional licensure “ensures standard preparation, knowledge, and practice” of the school nurse (University of Illinois/Chicago). The school setting differs from more traditional nurse settings such as hospitals and clinics. Some functions, such as completion of health assessments for special education casework, require professionally licensed school nurses. Endorsement is granted by the Illinois State Board of Education after the completion of mandatory coursework and a passing score on the state exam.
Requirements for the School Service Personnel Professional Educator License with endorsement in School Nuring
(Source: Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 8556, effective June 1, 2004)
School Nurse Certification Programs (prepare candidates for Professional Educator License with endorsement in school nursing)
There are currently three approved programs in Illinois through which the school nurse internship for the School Nurse Certification/Endorsement may be obtained. The coordinator or contact person for each program is listed below.
Applications for the Professional Educator License with School Nurse Endorsement are processed through the office of the Educational Service Region Superintendent. All candidates must successfully complete a certification examination administered by the State Teacher Certification Board before a certificate will be issued.
IASN will assist divisions in applying for CNE’s and CPDU’s for IASN sponsored meetings. Divisions must apply by the stated deadline in order to allow time required for processing requests. IASN will not provide CNE’s for non-IASN sponsored events. Each IASN member is responsible for maintaining a personal record of all educational offerings attended.
To download forms, go to Form Downloads, Miscellaneous forms.
CNE deadline- 45 days before event or meeting. Contact your division ed/cert chairman.
CPDU deadline- 30 days before event or meeting. Contact your division ed/cert chairman.
IASN offers an annual convention in the fall of each year. The ten IASN divisions also offer one or more presentations each year. Our national organization (NASN) offers a multi-day convention each June. You may find NASN information at http://www.nasn.org/
For current offerings refer to Upcoming Events or the Event Calendar.
Educational institutions, agencies and other organizations are encouraged to submit information about education offerings and other activities which may be of interest to school nurses.
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For ISBE requirements for CPDUs (Rules currently under revision)