Massachusetts RN's and LPN's must complete a minimum of 15 contact hours of elective courses during the two-year renewal period.
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Training
- Training in the Care of Patients with Cognitive Impairments
Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Training
"Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 112, § 264, applicants and licensees shall participate in at least one domestic violence and sexual violence training as a condition for licensure, renewal, revival or reinstatement of licensure" (Chapter 260)
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health , Bureau of Community Health Access and Prevention, Division of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services was asked by multiple Boards, including the Board of Registration in Nursing, to develop the Chapter 260 training.
Training in the Care of Patients with Cognitive Impairments
Pursuant to chapter 220, as of November 7, 2018, applicants for initial licensure must have completed "a one-time course of training and education in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with cognitive impairments, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer's disease and dementia" and licensees applying to renew a license must complete this course by November 7, 2022.
For additional information see Mandatory Continuing Education for nurses at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mandatory-continuing-education-for-nurses
License Expiration Dates
In Massachusetts, nurses must renew their license biennially (every 2 years) prior to midnight on their birthday. RN licenses renew in even numbered years and LPN licenses renew in odd numbered years. For additional information see Renew your nursing license at https://www.mass.gov/how-to/renew-your-nursing-license
Audits and Retaining CE Records
"The Board of Registration in Nursing may request verification of compliance at any time. It is your responsibility to maintain evidence of CE completion for your most recent 2 consecutive renewal periods (4 years)" For additional information see Mandatory Continuing Education for Nurses - CE Requirements to Practice