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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

Legislative Night 2014

September 24, 2014
6-9 p.m.
N.O. Nelson Building, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, Ill.


  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing
  • Lewis & Clark Community College School of Nursing
  • ANA-Illinois

Featured speaker

  • Debbie Broadfield, Capitol Edge Consulting, representing ANA-Illinois, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing & Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursin

Special guests

  • Members of the Illinois General Assembly from Central and Southern Illinois
  • Donna Meyer, MSN, RN: Dean of Health Sciences, Lewis & Clark Community College; President, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing; RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing Advisory Committee
  • Susan Swart, MSN, RN, CAE: Executive Director, ANA-Illinois, Illinois Nurses Foundation & Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses; Executive Council, Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition
  • Karen Kelly, EdD, RN, NEA-BC: Coordinator, Continuing Education & Associate Professor, SIUE School of Nursing; Past/Founding President of ANA-Illinois; Coordinating Committee, Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition

General information: The registration fee includes all handouts and refreshments. On-site check-in/registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Free parking is available adjacent to the building.

5:30-6 p.m. On-site registration
5:30-6:20 p.m. Networking and refreshments (a variety of appetizers will be served, catered by Bella Milano)
6:20 p.m. Opening remarks: Karen Kelly: Overview of political action and nursing: Why?
6:30 p.m. Speaker: Debbie Broadfield: Legislative outcomes of 2014; legislative plans for 2015
7:30 p.m. Speaker: Susan Swart: Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition focus on nursing’s future in Illinois
7:40 p.m. Speaker: Donna Meyer: RWJF/AARP Campaign for Nursing
7:45 p.m. Introduction of members of the Illinois General Assembly, networking with legislators and professional colleagues (the program may be interrupted to introduce legislators who cannot stay until the end of the educational program)
9 p.m. Adjournment

Goal for Legislative Night 2014: Examine current and upcoming legislative issues in the Illinois General Assembly related to nursing and health care

Continuing Education: 1.5 contact hours will be awarded through SIUE School of Nursing

For additional program information, contact Dr. Karen Kelly at 618/650-3908 or

Registration fees: includes refreshments
• $12 for undergraduate, prelicensure students: students must provide proof of current enrollment at on-site registration unless they have been registered through their nursing program/instructor
• $25 for RNs and other attendees
Program brochure with registration form
• For additional registration information or to register a group, contact Sheila Emerick,, 618-468-4402


Sigma Theta Tau International St. Louis Consortium

Hosted by the Epsilon Eta Chapter and SIUE School of Nursing

"Clinical Teaching in Nursing: Need for New Approaches"
Thursday, October 9

Morris University Center, Meridian Ballroom

5 p.m. Meet and Greet (cash bar)
7 p.m.

Guest Speaker - Dr. Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Professor & Director of Evaluation and Educational Research
Duke University School of Nursing

The SIUE School of Nursing will award 2.0 contact hours for this educational program.

For more information, view the program and registration flyer. For additional information or to pay by credit/debit card, please contact Kris Heather at (618) 650-2551 or


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.

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