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Use Ascension Wisconsin Library Services for your nursing CEU requirements!

The state of Wisconsin does not require Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEU) for professional nurses’ license renewals but some Ascension hospitals do require them for professional development. Ascension Wisconsin Library Services has print and electronic resources available for our nurses who need CEUs.

Use Ascension Wisconsin Library Services for your nursing CEU requirements!

EBSCO Cinahl (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is an index of English-language and selected other-language journal articles about nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare.


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition 

Type in DE "CONTINUING education units" in the search box will give you articles with CEUs but CE Modules, like the ones in CINAHLFull Text, are not available. DE is the field code for a subject search in this database.



PubMed does not have a filter for education credits in its database.

An example of getting CEUs directly from a journal in PubMed:

The American Journal of Nursing adds CE in front of the test that corresponds to CEU articles. Use the Advanced Search option, and then select Title from the drop-down menu. Type CE into the title search box.


Now limit the list by year and select Nursing journals under Journal Categories in the left, vertical navigation.

Medscape, LLC ("Medscape") is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing nursing education. As an accredited provider, Medscape develops online CME and continuing education (CE) activities in compliance with the standards and codes of the applicable accrediting agency, the AMA, HHS-OIG, FDA, AdvaMed, and PhRMA.                                        

 Go to and register for a free account.

  • ADVANCE for Nurses    Numerous CE courses on various topics.  Fee based, but offers a flat rate of $26.99 for unlimited courses for a 12 month period. Offers one or two ►free courses.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center    The ANCC Accreditation program recognizes the importance of high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE) and skills-based competency programs. Around the world, ANCC-accredited organizations provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to help improve care and patient outcomes.
  • American Nurses Association: ANA no free courses
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention  CDC is accredited by seven organizations to provide CE for U.S. health professionals and the global public health community. Access to credits, continuing education units (CEUs), and contact hours for all educational activities is provided for ►free.
  • CEUfast     CEUfast, Inc, is accredited as a provider of ►free continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.
  • CME Corner  Offers ►free online CME/CE courses for physicians, pharmacists and nurses in four specialty areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, GI, and respiratory medicine
  • Healthstream CE for all healthcare professionals
  • Lippincott Nursing Center CE  Gives nurses hundreds of CE articles as well as online testing with instant results and certificates and a CE planner to help nurses keep their CE up-to-date.
  • Medcom Trainex  CE for non-physician healthcare professionals.  Provides unlimited access to more than 1000 online courses.
  • Net CE      NetCE is a valuable resource to healthcare professionals seeking to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements. With over 1000 hours of accredited continuing education available online, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, mental health professionals, psychologists, dental professionals, certified surgical technologists, and nursing home administrators, have access to the best evidence-based continuing education available in the fields of health and mental health.
  • Nurse  This free directory service allows you to compare online classes from different continuing education providers so you can select the ones that best meet your study requirements. Most courses have fees associated with them, but you can find free courses on the ►free CEUs page.
  • OnCourse Learning  Offers a series of free interactive learning modules addressing a range of pain assessment and pain management topics
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute   PCORI's continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) activities are designed to provide accredited professional education for clinicians in areas pertinent to patient-centered outcomes research and clinical knowledge. Any member of the healthcare community may access the activities for ►free.
  •  Offers more than 175 ANCC-accredited and state-approved nursing CE courses and 400 contact hours online and an instant certificate upon successful completion of the course. Free for unlimited subscribers.
  • The Virtual Lecture Hall  Medical & Nursing. No free courses available.
  • Wild Iris Medical Education  No free courses available.

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