Continuing education for nurses is so much more than license renewal; it’s a core competency. Medical advancements are constantly evolving—now, at record speed—impacting therapies, technologies, and processes. Nurses have a responsibility to keep their skills and knowledge current, to help patients and clients achieve their best possible outcomes. And for a nurse’s own benefit, taking advantage of continuing education opportunities is one of the best ways to stay connected with peers, keep growing professionally, and enjoy this exceptionally rewarding career to its full extent.

Luckily, there’s a colorful world of energizing, enriching opportunities to get the most out of your learning experiences and keep your fire burning throughout the year.

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Why is continuing education for nurses important?

Taking relevant CEU courses is not only essential for a nurse’s career advancement, but it can greatly benefit their career satisfaction. Nurses who truly love what they do take interest and pride in the latest state of their art (yes, nursing is an art and a science). It’s that sense of curiosity that drives the expertise and confidence to provide high-quality care—and if desired, clinical leadership—in their chosen specialty.

With expanded roles and responsibilities and rapidly changing technologies and best practices, individual nurses and nursing teams are expected to absorb more new, complex information than ever before, and to be able to safely and effectively put it into clinical practice. More easily said than done, especially on the front lines of any health care setting, where clinical judgement and quick decision-making are paramount. How do you know if an evidence-based treatment protocol has changed since you were in nursing school? Stay up to date with your personal continuing education and with your employer’s evolving clinical standards.

The truth is, taking a break for continuing education can be refreshing, stimulating, and fun. Getting together with other nurses benefits morale, team-building, and networking. Take a look around for a wealth of in-person and online courses, conferences, seminars, webinars, workshops—even cruises!—where you can meet peers and earn continuing education credits from an accredited provider of continuing nursing education.

Free CEU for nurses for Nurse's Week

Lifelong learning is celebrated at BAYADA—for our own employees and for our colleagues in nursing and allied health professions, too! Whether you work here or not (yet), check out the continuing education units (CEUs) you can earn anytime—all year long—at the BAYADA Education Connection, an online campus of BAYADA University. 

Participating RNs earn CE contact hours through our ANCC accreditation as a provider of continuing education (American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation). LPNs and other health care professionals can also earn credit for our CE courses through their respective state licensing board or professional association.

Register now for four new CE courses created for Nurses Week!  They are available online, on-demand for any nurse, clinician, or BAYADA employee, free of charge:

1.  Giving and Receiving Actionable Feedback : Conflict Resolution Overview

2.  Multi-part series on Diabetes Mellitus

•  Part 1: Get to Know About Diabetes Mellitus
•  Part 2: Getting Smart About Diabetes Mellitus Management and Technology
•  Part 3: Managing Diabetes Mellitus in the Home

BAYADA would like to thank nurses everywhere for the compassionate gifts you give the world, every day! Your dedication to your profession and to the individuals you serve is what keeps the heart in health care. That’s why for Nurses Week 2022, BAYADA is hosting a national sweepstakes on to randomly select one nurse to win a customized getaway trip worth up to $2,500*. In addition to the giveaway, features numerous self-care and wellbeing resources, free CE courses, a fun nursing quiz, free downloadable social materials, and so much more.

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Founded in 1975, BAYADA has become a trusted leader in providing a full range of clinical care and support services at home for children and adults of all ages. With more than 350 offices and 26,000 employees in 22 states and 7 international countries, BAYADA has remained true to its mission of client service by finding, training, and supporting employees who take pride and joy in healing and helping.

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