As well-educated health-care professionals, registered nurses have demonstrated knowledge in the academic subjects relevant to their field as well as the ability to put their knowledge into practice. The health-care profession continues to evolve, however, and it's vital for registered nurses to keep current. Continuing-education classes for registered nurses in Cincinnati are available through different venues.

Requirements for Continuing Education in Ohio

Each state has its own continuing-education requirements for registered nurses. In Ohio, nurses must complete 24 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensure period. One hour must be related to the nursing code and rules as stated in Chapter 4723 of the Ohio revised code, which spells out the laws related to the nursing profession in Ohio. Continuing-education courses must be approved by the state nursing board in order to qualify. The law states the board must offer coursework in how to recognize domestic violence and its effect on children, but nurses are not required to take these courses.

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has a long-established tradition of educating nurses. The College of Nursing's roots go back to 1889. It's been ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report, according to the school's website. UC is home to the Institution for Nursing Research, established in 1990. Continuing-education classes offered by the University of Cincinnati are available at no charge to UC College of Nursing graduates. For other registered nurses, the cost remains low.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Also highly rated by U.S. News & World Report is Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This facility was rated as first in the nation for cancer care in 2013-2014. The Center for Professional Excellence/Education at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has continuing-education courses for registered nurses. Classes include pediatric colorectal problems, nursing education, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and "Nursing Grand Rounds," which highlights current topics of interest to pediatric nurses, according to the hospital's website.

Online Options

Online continuing-education courses are available from various sources. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides a learning extension service that has classes taught by well-known experts. Courses cover topics such as professional ethics, legal liability, diversity, end-of-life care and pain management, maintaining professional boundaries, detecting and preventing medication errors, and understanding substance-abuse disorder in nursing. Nurse.com has more than 750 continuing-education courses in areas such as critical care, bioethics, diabetes, cardiology, neonatal, oncology and psychiatric disorders.