EducationQ. DOES MISSOURI REQUIRE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR NURSES?
A. Missouri statutes do not require continuing education as a condition of either original or renewal licensure. You may wish to keep your own records on continuing education or ask your employer to keep records for you.
Q. ARE ALL MISSOURI PROGRAMS OF NURSING APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF NURSING?
A. The Board approves all Missouri programs leading to first time licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN).
Q. ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS FOR LPNs TO BECOME RNs?
A. There are programs that include a "bridge" between practical nursing education and professional nursing education. Call 573-751-0080 or click on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a listing.
Q. HOW DOES AN LPN BECOME I.V. CERTIFIED?
A. LPNs become I.V. certified by successfully completing a Board approved course on intravenous therapy and completing an eight-hour practicum. Call 573-751-0080 or click on email@example.com for a listing of approved courses.
Q. WHAT IS THE NURSING STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM?
A. The Nursing Student Loan program is authorized in Section 335.212, RSMO. It's purpose is to provide a means to education in nursing to those individuals who cannot readily pay for it and at the same time provides to citizens of Missouri living in designated shortage areas an access to health care.
One of the stipulations of the loan program requires employment on a full-time basis in Missouri in a position requiring licensure as a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse in any public or nonprofit agency, institution, or organization located in an area of need as determined by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Funding is provided through a surcharge that is collected by the Board of Nursing at the time of licensure or licensure renewal. Those funds are then transferred to the Department of Health which administers the program.