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Continuing Education

The School of Nursing offers a range of continuing education offerings to meet the needs of registered nurses who seek to expand their professional nursing knowledge.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (OH-348, 6/1/2016) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANA-Illinois has designated ONA as the official approver of CNE Providers and activities for Illinois.

CE Needs

The SIUE School of Nursing may be able to provide a program to meet your organization's need. Please contact by email Dr. Karen Kelly or by phone at (618) 650-3908 if your organization has a CE need or if you would like to suggest a topic for a continuing education offering.

Offering Announcements

The third Nursing Leadership Academy will be offered in Spring 2014. The goal of this program is to expand the leadership skills of nurses in managerial/administrative positions to improve leadership effectiveness. The program will begin with a face to face half day session on March 24 on the SIUE campus and end during the week of May 26 with a second half day session on the campus (date/location TBA). This is a hybrid continuing nursing education program that includes ten weeks of online work.

Those who successfully complete all the learning activities, including the project proposal, all self-evaluations and offering evaluations will be awarded approximately 50-60 contact hours. The final award of contact hours will be calculated to include time spent developing a project proposal. All continuing education evaluations for the offering will be conducted via online surveys.

Nurses who enroll in this program must have the written support of their immediate supervisors or chief nursing officers of their employing organization to ensure that their project proposal is relevant to their employing organizations.


  • Appraise how the role of the nurse leader influences change in health care.
  • Defend the value of systems thinking in the role of the nurse leader.
  • Analyze communication strategies for their impact on leadership style.
  • Evaluate management decisions for their potential consequences.
  • Evaluate how personal values influence management decisions.
  • Assess the influence of human diversity in the management of the health care environment.
  • Analyze personnel decisions such as hiring, termination, and counseling for their impact on the work environment.
  • Appraise relevant evidence, including research, in the development of performance improvement processes.
  • Develop an evidence-based business proposal specific to the employing organization's nursing strategic plan.

Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants.
Registration cost: $450 for 50-60 CE contact hours, less than $10 per contact hour.
For information, contact Dr. Karen Kelly at or at 618-650-3908.

Click here to view the program brochure. 




Mandatory Continuing Education for RNs & LPNs: The 2007 Illinois Nurse Practice Act

The 2007 Illinois Nurse Practice Act mandates 20 hours of continuing education (CE) for RNs and LPNs in order for license renewal. This mandate will begin with RN license renewal in 2012 and in 2013 for LPNs.

The requirements for RNs and LPNs are similar to those that have been in place for advanced practice nurses (APNs) in Illinois for several years, although precepting is not part of the CE plan for RNs and LPNs. (See Section 1305.100 Continuing Education: Title 68: Professions And Occupations Chapter VII: Department Of Financial And Professional Regulation for more information.)

Visit the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Professional Nursing Professions Licensed by DPR page to read about the new Illinois Nurse Practice Act. You can also find the current CE requirements for APNs on this web page (as noted above). Continue to review this webpage for information about the new rules for implementing the NPA. See the rules.

The Illinois Center for Nursing also has information about continuing education for nurses.

Be a wise consumer of continuing education and be sure the programs for which you enroll are accredited by one of the organizations noted in the rules. Programs that are accredited/approved through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation adhere to national standards for continuing education.