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what they do
Nursing is one of the healthcare professions that consistently has the greatest number of job openings in Minnesota and across the country. In fact, registered nurses (RNs) — who need a bachelor's degree, associate degree or diploma from an approved nursing program — represent the largest healthcare profession. RNs treat, educate and provide support for patients and their families. They record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and administer medication. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), who typically provide more basic bedside care, must complete a one-year educational program at a vocational or technical school or community college.
Both RNs and LPNs work under physician supervision in many healthcare settings, with a majority of nursing jobs in hospitals. In Minnesota, there are Minnesota Board of Nursing licensing and CE requirements for both LPNs and RNs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the relevant professional association.
educational requirements what's this?
CE requirement for license renewal in Minnesota: RNs: 24 contact hours every two years. LPNs: 12 contact hours every two years.
For nurses, 50 minutes equals one contact hour, and each additional five minutes is one-tenth of a contact hour. An academic course can be converted to contact hours, with one semester credit equivalent to 15 contact hours and one quarter credit equivalent to 10 contact hours. Nurses may also obtain a current nursing specialty certificate to complete their CE requirements.
Minnesota Board of Nursing contact and online information: 612-617-2270; www.state.mn.us
(CE information is under "Licensure.")
ANA online information: nursingworld.org/ce/cehome.cfm
local professional associations what's this?
Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
Phone: 651-414-2800, 800-536-4662
Address: 1625 Energy Park Drive #200, St. Paul, MN 55108
Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
Phone: (952) 897-9093
Address: 7200 France Ave., Ste. 228, Edina, MN 55435
Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (MAOHN)
Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association/AFSCME
School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)