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1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course will guide you through understanding best practices in incident report writing. It will assist you in understanding how those practices help protect the health and safety of the person you support, while at the same time protecting you. In this course, you will identify factors that affect the quality of incident reports and investigate elements that affect memory and recall. You will focus on reducing factors that negatively impact the completeness and accuracy of incident reports. Demonstrating your understanding of the guidelines taught in this course will ensure your documentation adheres to legal, ethical, and programmatic standards. While completing this course, you will review incident report notes and apply what you have learned to identify unclear, subjective, and ungrammatical elements within the notes. This course is intended for direct support professionals

Describe why incident reporting is important and the process of creating an incident report.

List and demonstrate the three key components of an effective incident report.

Name common elements that affect the quality of incident reports.

Instructor
Deb Easley, M.S.
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

1.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Develop a secure workplace by looking at the dynamics contributing to workplace violence. Included in the course are: active-shooter response protocols, threat assessment protocols, security measures, ways to evaluate your organization’s preparedness, techniques to de-escalate hostile behavior, and ways to address domestic violence in the workplace.

Instructor
Johnny Lee, MS

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Workplace violence includes threats or actual use of physical force. This course presents the key steps- Prevent, Report, and Respond- that you can take to maintain a safe workplace.

Know when and how to prevent workplace violence.

Know when and how to report workplace violence.

Know when and how to respond to workplace violence.

 

Instructor
Johnny Lee, MS

1.25

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Ensuring that employees are free from harassment in a safe and healthy work environment is key to achieving your company's goals. This course examines various types of workplace harassment, the basic skills needed to understand and deal with such situations, and information concerning your role in ensuring a harassment-free work environment.

Define workplace harassment.

Recognize examples of harassment situations and problems that may occur in the workplace.

Identify retaliation and recognize why retaliation against employees who complain of workplace harassment is prohibited.

Describe how to effectively respond to harassment incidents in the work place.

Assist your organization in promoting workplace behaviors that do not create or contribute to harassment.

Instructor
David A. Winter

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Floods, landslides, and debris flows happen in almost every state. This course provides some basic information about these potentially destructive events, including the importance of knowing the particular risks in your locality and taking recommended protective actions.

Take appropriate protective actions when a Flood or Flash Flood Watch or Warning is issued.

Identify when it is appropriate to evacuate during a flood. List the warning signs of a landslide or debris flow.

Instructor
John Burnap

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The powerful forces of nature unleashed by earthquakes and tsunamis can cause catastrophic damage. This course presents some basic facts about earthquakes and tsunamis, including why and when they occur, along with guidelines for preparedness and recommended protective actions to stay safe.

Explain why and where earthquakes and tsunamis occur.

Secure potential hazards in your workspace before an earthquake to minimize injury.

Take protective actions to stay safe during and after an earthquake or tsunami.

Instructor
John Burnap

0.25

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

It can be difficult to work with certain people due to issues such as communication breakdowns, personality clashes, or conflicting work habits. You may not like everyone you work with, but it’s important to respect everyone. By learning ways to reduce conflicts, you’ll become more respected too. In this course, you’ll learn strategies to calmly address misunderstandings before they blow up, deal with differences, communicate clearly, and listen respectfully.

Identify high risk or crucial situations that can lead to difficulties in communication and workflow with co-workers.

Engage in practices that help all people in a situation feel heard and respected.

Describe how to professionally remove yourself from a situation when necessary.

Instructor
Susan Fee, M.Ed., LPCC

0.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Teams are essential in today’s world. Whether the teams you’ve been part of functioned in a professional capacity or a personal one, most likely some teams were more successful than others. This course discusses the team process, relational skills that enhance team participation, and best practices for high performance/high output teams.

Demonstrate an understanding of the team process.

Integrate relational skills for enhanced team participation.

Describe best practices for high-performance/high-output teams.

Instructor
Denton C. Hartman, MS, NHA (retired)

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about the effects of age and life transitions on alcohol and drug use in women and how these are reflected in treatment methodologies. A host of stressors and life transitions can be accompanied by significant changes in substance use and can be implicated in women's development of a substance use disorder. You will learn ways that you can provide gender-sensitive treatment to women struggling with substance use or at risk of developing a substance use disorder. The goal of this educational program is to provide marriage and family counseling, nursing, professional counseling, social work, and psychology professionals in health and human services settings with information about substance use treatment for women at various stages of development.

Discuss the unique aspects of substance use and substance use disorders among women.

Explain how the use of specific substances, as well as the impact of those substances, changes across the lifespan.

Describe ways to address the biological/psychological, social, and developmental needs of women with substance use disorders.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Communication is one of the most important elements of excellent care. This is especially true when decisions about medical treatments need to be made. Advance care planning is an ongoing process in which people explore and discuss their goals, values, and understanding of their health to guide future end-of-life treatment decisions. In this course, you will learn when and how to start conversations and how to use a framework called FIVE WISHES® that simplifies and personalizes the end-of-life conversation and helps to elicit valuable information for decision-making. The goal of this course is to provide healthcare staff with an overview of the benefits and components of effective advance care planning conversations.

 

Identify the importance and relevance of advance care planning in healthcare today.

Define the components of effective advance care planning that help increase the likelihood of wishes being honored.

Explain the Five Wishes framework for conversations.

Identify the necessary steps to properly document and update advance care plans.

Instructor
Kathleen Taylor

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Each year, substance use is linked to over 11 million deaths worldwide (Ritchie & Roser, 2019). Supporting individuals’ long-term recovery from substance use can help save lives. Recovery is a lifelong process that aims to keep an individual substance-free while improving their overall quality of life. Wellness strategies enhance recovery outcomes by focusing on optimal health across all dimensions of an individual’s life.

Explain how wellness approaches can positively impact recovery from substance use disorders.

Identify the eight dimensions of wellness.

Identify wellness strategies to facilitate long-term recovery from substance use disorders.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course provides an overview of telehealth practices including a brief history of telehealth, current trends and research, and associated technologies. You will learn how to provide telehealth services, including potential advantages and challenges. Case scenarios are included to offer examples for practical application.

The goal of this course is to provide psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, addictions professionals, marriage and family therapists, and nurses in health and human services settings with current, research-based information on telehealth and guidelines for practice.

Describe what telehealth is and the types of services that can be provided through telehealth.

Summarize the different formats for delivering services via telehealth and the advantages and disadvantages of those formats.

Explain at least three standards providers must follow to deliver effective telehealthcare that complies with federal and state regulations.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW

Expert Reviewer
Jill Christenson, LPC

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Experiencing a stroke can result in a permanently devastating condition. While some risk factors are uncontrollable, certain practices can help prevent, limit, and even reverse stroke damage. This course equips providers of senior healthcare to facilitate stroke recovery by knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, being able to perform quick assessments, and responding appropriately. Also included: strategies for stroke prevention and ways to help your patients achieve quality of life after a stroke.

Discuss the pathophysiology of a stroke, including scope, risk factors, effects, treatment, and prevention.

Describe the connection between stroke and heart disease.

Perform and interpret stroke assessments and intervene according to professional standards of practice.

Identify strategies for achieving quality of life after a stroke.

Instructor
Ann Elsasser-Root, PT DPT

Staff Writer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Renal disease—failure of the kidneys to perform their normal function—has three categories: acute renal failure (ARF), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The patient’s history, physical examination, test results, and signs and symptoms will allow you to differentiate acute from chronic kidney disease. To ensure the best outcome, learn the signs and symptoms of renal disease, how to assess it quickly, and the appropriate actions to take. In presenting that information, this course discusses the significant role you play as a healthcare provider in renal-disease education and prevention.

Describe anatomy and physiology of the renal system.

Describe the pathophysiology of the 2 categories of renal disease.

Identify the systemic manifestations of each category of renal disease.

Describe the methods for assessing the renal system, including physical assessment, interpretation of blood and urine laboratory values, and radiologic diagnostic tests.

Discuss the medical management for a resident with renal disease.

Discuss the nurse’s role in assessing and educating the resident with renal disease.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Acuity levels for hospital patients have been rising. To meet this demand and prevent medical complications, healthcare practitioners must observe sound principles of early recognition and treatment when abnormalities arise. Laboratory testing is one of the simplest forms available for effective diagnostics. This course discusses how to recognize normal and abnormal lab reference ranges related to hematology. It explains the physiological process represented by individual lab values and the effect on the body system(s) involved, and covers the process of reporting critical lab values. You will be equipped to confidently identify abnormal lab results, comprehend their meaning, and treat and monitor the pathological cause of deviations, thus ensuring the highest level of care for your patients.

Recognize normal and abnormal lab reference ranges found in labs related to hematology.

Explain the physiological process represented by individual lab values and the effect on the body system(s) involved.

Discuss the process of reporting critical lab values.

Staff Writer
Kristen Ponichtera, BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Rising costs of health care in the U.S. have required clinicians to utilize cost-effective measures in patient management. Not only is laboratory testing one of the most effective evaluative tools available, it is also the most fiscally responsible. Minute changes in expected values can indicate a considerable change in a patient status. The ability to confidently identify abnormal results in frequently measured labs, to comprehend the pathophysiological meaning, and to treat or monitor the cause enables healthcare workers in acute-care facilities to provide proper patient management. This course will also help you understand the physiology of acid-base balance and be able to identify select disturbances so you can ensure the highest level of care for your patients.

Summarize the significance of select lab values pertaining to physiological functioning.

Recognize normal and abnormal reference ranges.

Distinguish abnormal lab values, and describe their physiological causes.

Outline the mandated lab-reporting policies required by various accrediting agencies.

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

Staff Writer
Kristen Ponichtera, BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Rising costs of health care in the United States have required clinicians to utilize cost-effective measures in patient management. Not only is laboratory testing one of the most effective evaluative tools available, it is also the most fiscally responsible. Minute changes in expected values can indicate a considerable change in a patient’s status. The ability to confidently identify abnormal results in frequently measured labs, comprehend their pathophysiological meaning, and treat or monitor the cause enables healthcare workers in acute-care facilities to provide proper patient management. This course will also help you understand the physiology of acid-base balance and be able to identify select disturbances so you can ensure the highest level of care for your patients.

Define pH and identify the contributing factors that comprise this value.

Recall the roles of select physiologic systems involved in maintaining acid-base balance.

Interpret the physical values seen in laboratory testing for acid-base states.

Outline the pathologic conditions relative to acid-base, and related compensatory management strategies utilized for common imbalances.

Instructor
Kristen Ponichtera, BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Human trafficking victims are often concealed by their traffickers; however, studies show that many victims interact with healthcare professionals while they are being victimized. This places healthcare professionals in a unique position to recognize the signs and risk factors of human trafficking and take steps if they suspect a person may be a victim of human trafficking.

The goal of this course is to provide healthcare staff with critical steps to recognize and respond to human trafficking.

 

Identify the two major types of human trafficking.

Explain how force, coercion, and fraud relate to human trafficking.

Discuss federal laws regarding human trafficking.

Describe at least three barriers to identifying human trafficking.

Identify at least three signs that someone may be a trafficking victim.

Discuss steps to take if you suspect a person is being trafficked.

Expert Reviewer
Catie Hart

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course was created to give you the tools you need to accurately identify individuals with BPD and provide you information about the treatment options available. You will learn about how BPD develops, the theoretical perspectives and conflicting theories of BPD, the goals of treatment, and the challenges you might experience when working with this population. Finally, you will learn some of the most common issues that individuals with BPD experience while in treatment.

List the criteria needed to identify and diagnose an individual with borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Explain at least three theories of BPD

Describe four best evidence-based approaches to treating clients with BPD

Identify up to five possible challenges to the treatment of BPD

List at least three ways to manage treatment challenges.

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Although gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing in the US, a woman with GDM can experience a healthy pregnancy if the condition is well managed. This course, for providers who work in maternal child health, discusses how pregnancy alters glucose metabolism, what risk assessment is required, and what test results indicate when a pregnant woman has crossed into GDM. You will come away equipped with the information you need to provide quality care for your patients with GDM.

List risk factors for developing GDM

Identify lab tests and normal values that guide diagnosis and treatment of GDM

List the main points of managing care for the patient with GDM

Instructor
Karen Anderson, MSN, RN, CNM, IBCLC  

Phyllis Bruno, MSN, RN, CDE  

Diane B. Johnson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, TNCC   

Theresa Ryan, MA, RN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Domestic violence or intimate partner violence can only be halted when the issue is brought to light, and the victims are fully supported by society. Abuse occurs to pregnant women more often than gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. This course describes the risks of intimate partner violence during pregnancy as well as screening and intervention strategies. 

Recognize barriers to uncovering abuse Identify warning signs and questions that can screen for abuse

Develop strategies for intervention with abused women 

Instructor
Theodora B. Aggeles, RN, BA

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course is designed for individuals working with people who may have tuberculosis (TB). Since TB can be contracted through the air, quick identification is imperative to prevent its spread. TB's symptoms- including fever, loss of appetite, chills, night sweats, and a persistent cough- make seeking medical treatment necessary in order to determine if an individual has active TB. Some symptoms are less obvious, so additional follow up with a healthcare team can also be required. This course includes a review of TB's significance, its associated health factors, and the populations at greatest risk. The material will enable you to identify TB's symptoms and understand disease management, infection-control practices, and ways to apply your new knowledge in your own work environment.

Describe the risks and significance of TB.

Identify signs and symptoms of active TB infection.

List interventions that help control the spread of TB.

Evaluate methods of testing for TB infection.

Describe TB interventions, treatment, and maintenance.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In the United States, more than 80 percent of adolescents who die from an opioid overdose do so accidentally, a reflection of their lack of understanding of the dangers inherent in the misuse of opioid medications. Along with the risk of lethal overdose, adolescents who misuse opioids are at increased risk of severe medical complications that require emergency treatment, progression to drugs that are even more dangerous, and the development of a substance-use disorder. This course discusses the biological and psychosocial factors, unique to adolescents, that increases their vulnerability to the negative effects of opioids. Increased understanding of the scope of opioid-use disorders among adolescents and young adults will improve your ability to effectively identify and treat problematic, nonmedical use of prescription and other opioids.

Define the scope of opioid use and opioid-use disorders among individuals aged 13 - 25.

Discuss the unique characteristics of opioid use and barriers to treatment among adolescents and young adults.

List evidence-based practices for treating opioid use disorders in adolescents and young adults.

Identify comorbidities common to opioid use disorders, such as other types of substance use, co-occurring mental health disorders, or physical-health ailments.

Instructor
Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW

Expert Reviewer
Karl J. Haake, MD

6.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide providers with training on suicide assessment, treatment, and management that meets the regulatory standards of the state of Washington.

Explain what upstream suicide prevention means and why it is important.

Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.

Summarize the major components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.

Describe three evidence-based interventions for treating individuals at risk for suicide or who have made a recent attempt.

Summarize the process for completing a safety plan and for reducing access to lethal means.

Explain how military culture relates to suicide risk among veterans.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Although a “crossing of the therapeutic boundary” may at times seem to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and enhance treatment effectiveness, it can also pose a serious risk. Learn about a clinician’s ethical role, the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations, and how to recognize potentially dangerous situations. This course is appropriate as a review for mental health clinicians, as well as an introduction for health professionals specializing in other areas—particularly nurses, social workers, addiction professionals, and certified counselors.

Define the meaning of a therapeutic boundary.

Describe the role of staff and the differences between a social relationship and a therapeutic relationship.

Identify and avoid the red flags of therapeutic-boundary violations.

Instructors
Kevin Fawcett, PhD
Wendy C. Krull, LCSW

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Stroke, the fifth-ranking cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S., is the country‘s primary neurological problem. Each year, about 800,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke costing more than $34 billion in medical care and disability. Risk factors, characteristics of left- and right-hemispheric strokes and appropriate rehabilitation goals are discussed.

List modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors of stroke

Identify neurological deficits associated with left- and right-hemispheric strokes

List appropriate goals of rehabilitation for a patient who has had a stroke 

Instructor
Lisa Bowman, MSN, RN, CRNP, CNRN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness, non-traumatic amputation, renal failure, and cardiovascular disease, affects 29 million people in the U.S., putting a tremendous strain on healthcare costs. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) partnered with numerous health organizations to produce Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes. The publication includes 10 principles developed to guide healthcare providers in delivering quality care to adults who have or are at risk for diabetes. This introductory course, appropriate for nurses, dieticians, rehab professionals, nurses’ aides, and anyone interested in learning more, presents three of the publication’s guidelines (Principles 7–10) related to current evidence-based diabetes management and prevention.

State blood pressure and lipids goals for persons with diabetes.

Describe the management of one microvascular complication of diabetes.

State glycemic goals for persons with diabetes.

Define patient centered care.

Instructor
Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness, non-traumatic amputation, renal failure, and cardiovascular disease, affects 29 million people in the US, putting a tremendous strain on healthcare costs. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) partnered with numerous health organizations to produce Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes. The publication includes 10 principles developed to guide healthcare providers in delivering quality care to adults who have or are at risk for diabetes. This introductory course, appropriate for nurses, dieticians, rehab professionals, nurses’ aides, and anyone interested in learning more, presents three of the publication’s guidelines (Principles 4–6) related to current evidence-based diabetes management and prevention.

State the macronutrient recommendations for persons with or at risk for diabetes.

State the physical recommendations for persons with or at risk for diabetes.

State the glycemic goals for persons with diabetes.

Instructor
Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness, non-traumatic amputation, renal failure, and cardiovascular disease, affects 29 million people in the U.S., putting a tremendous strain on healthcare costs. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) partnered with numerous health organizations to produce Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes. The publication includes ten principles developed to guide healthcare providers in delivering quality care to adults who have or who are at risk for diabetes. This introductory course, appropriate for nurses, dieticians, rehab professionals, nurses’ aides, and anyone interested in learning more, presents three of the publication’s guidelines (Principles 1–3) related to current evidence-based diabetes management and prevention.

Describe diagnostic criteria for diabetes, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Manage prediabetes to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Compare and contrast diabetes self-management education DSME) and diabetes self-management support (DSMS).

Instructor

Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The last outbreak of smallpox in the United States occurred in 1949. In 1967, the World Health Organization launched a worldwide campaign to eradicate the disease, and the last naturally occurring case of smallpox occurred in Somalia 10 years later. However, due to the lingering potential for the use of the smallpox virus in acts of terrorism, this module for health-care providers discusses the prevention, presentation, differential diagnosis, and containment of this serious communicable disease.

Describe identifying characteristics of smallpox, chickenpox, and monkeypox

List infection control methods for each illness and their rationale

Identify at least two potential contraindications to receiving the smallpox vaccine

Instructor

Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Proficiency in the use of a validated stroke scale, such as the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), is important for any member of the healthcare team caring for patients with acute stroke. This stroke assessment scale efficiently assesses stroke severity, offering objective information about prognosis and outcomes along with directing early treatment. With proper training in the use of the NIHSS, including serial monitoring, specifically for those at risk for worsening neurologic status, little variance should exist in results among clinicians. Education is essential to improving reliability and increasing effective communication regarding treatment of stroke patient

State how to perform a neurological assessment using the NIHSS

Describe the stroke scale’s validity in predicting lesion size and stroke severity

Discuss the NIHSS as a predictor of outcomes in patients with stroke 

Instructor
Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN

Expert Reviewer
Susan Tocco, RN, MSN, CNS, CNRN, CCNS
Terri-Ellen J Kiernan, RN, FNP

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has promoted using a common descriptive language and categorization of fetal heart rate (FHR) patterns (1997, revised 2008). When medical professionals adhere to this standard nomenclature in describing intrapartum fetal heart rate patterns, communication with other providers is enhanced and the likelihood of FHR-pattern misinterpretation is reduced. This supplemental module, involving several clinical scenarios, will help you review and apply essential FHR content.

Consistently apply 1997 and 2008 NICHD definitions when describing intrapartum fetal heart rate patterns.

Classify intrapartum fetal heart rate tracings using the 2008 NICHD 3-tiered system.

Identify fetal heart rate patterns that are indicative of ongoing fetal hypoxia.

Identify fetal heart rate patterns that reliably exclude current fetal acidosis.

Instructor
William Cusick, MD

Expert Reviewer
Ronald Iverson, MD, MPH
Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM
Martin November, MD, MBA, FACOG

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The Health and Medicine Division’s (HMD) (formerly the Institute of Medicine) Healthy People 2020 and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have highlighted the health disparities affecting LGBTQ populations. As evidence of health-illness patterns continues to be reported in the literature, this module presents the complex social determinants of health unique among the LGBTQ community. Information will be analyzed based on the four conceptual perspectives for understanding LGBTQ health suggested by the HMD: minority stress, intersectionality, life-course framework, and social ecology.

Identify the lifespan health considerations of LGBTQ individuals (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, older adulthood), including coming out and family systems.

Describe social determinants of health and health disparities among LGBTQ populations.

Discuss LGBTQ health risk factors, including physical, mental, psychosocial, and cultural.

Describe barriers faced by LGBTQ people in accessing healthcare and why these barriers exist.

Identify strategies for providing sensitive and informed healthcare for the LGBTQ community.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This module presents an overview of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and its contentious history with the healthcare systems. Definitions of key concepts related to sexuality and gender variables and general implications for clinical education, practice, and research will be discussed. The goal of this educational course for social work, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, speech language pathology and audiology, medical, and physical therapy professionals is to enhance the understanding of issues that the LGBTQ community has when navigating and using the healthcare system. In this module, the acronym LGBTQ will be used when referring to all groups (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer). In cases where the literature cited refers specifically to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender populations, the course will use corresponding initials.

Define key terminology related to sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender.

Describe historical events and context affecting the LGBTQ community.

Discuss general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQ healthcare recipients.

Instructor
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Expert Reviewer
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The ECG, an easily mastered tool of remarkable clinical power, can provide helpful and even vital information in a wide range of situations. One glance at an ECG can diagnose an evolving myocardial infarction, identify a potentially life-threatening arrhythmia, pinpoint the chronic effects of sustained hypertension or the acute effects of a massive pulmonary embolus, or determine the likelihood of underlying coronary-artery disease in a patient with chest pain. Since the ECG is only as capable as its user, this course will help you understand additional diagnostic features of the 12 lead ECG characteristics, as well as associated clinical implications.

Identify the 12 lead ECG characteristics found in select electrolyte imbalances.

Review pharmacological impacts seen on the 12 lead ECG characteristics.

Discuss the "12 lead ECG" approach to cardiac and pulmonary evaluation.

Staff Writer
Kristen Ponichtera, BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

0.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Expiration:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children in the United States are abused or neglected (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). It is imperative that medical professionals have a better understanding of what they can do to address this serious issue. In this course you will learn the definitions of child abuse and neglect, how to screen and assess risk factors that predispose children to maltreatment, and how to help children and families receive the care that they need.

Define child abuse and child neglect.

Identify risk and preventive factors for child abuse and neglect.

Describe how to evaluate a child suspected of being abused and/or neglected.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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At the organizational level, routine implementation of evidence-based practices that can identify and intervene with at-risk individuals, has been lacking for many years and remains so in many settings. The goal of this course is to provide knowledge about evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions. This course for healthcare professionals will focus on working with at-risk individuals focuses on interventions for those who have made a recent suicide attempt or who are at risk due to suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. Also discussed are ways to summarize the process for completing a safety plan and for reducing access to lethal means.

Explain the factors you should consider when determining what interventions may be needed for suicidal individuals.

Describe three evidence-based interventions for treating individuals at risk for suicide or who have made a recent attempt.

Summarize the process for completing a safety plan and for reducing access to lethal means.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

2.25

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Alcohol use can have a destructive effect on individuals, as well as their families and loved ones. The main goal of this course is to give you in-depth knowledge about research concerning the impact of alcohol use disorders on families, as well as the family’s impact on the development and persistence of alcohol use. You will learn the fundamentals of the family systems approach that are essential for you to understand the complicated dynamics of families struggling to deal with the impact of alcohol use disorders. You also will learn about factors that influence recovery, as well as the effectiveness of specific intervention models that are used for substance abuse. Furthermore, you will be able to identify specific risk factors that are related to developing an alcohol use disorder. Vignettes and interactive exercises give you the opportunity to apply these concepts so that you can expand your effectiveness with the families you encounter in your work. This course is intended for entry and intermediate level healthcare professionals.

Describe the family systems perspective of substance use disorders and identify family factors that influence the risk of developing a substance use disorder.

Identify family problems that may result from or co-occur with a substance use disorder.

Discuss recent research concerning the relationship between family factors and recovery and employ effective models for substance use intervention.

Instructor
Kristen Pagano, LPC, CRC

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Schools, counties, states, and athletic organizations are paying attention to the dangers of concussions and taking steps to mitigate them. Some clinicians feel there is mounting evidence that concussions can cause long-term problems and permanent brain injury, including cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, personality changes, and even dementia. Healthcare providers can do much to inform the public and patients about the dangers of concussions. This course will discuss expert recommendations for preventing and managing sports-related concussions.

Define sports-related concussions and the sports in which they are most often found

Describe the immediate and long-term symptoms of sports-related concussions

Discuss expert recommendations for preventing/managing sports-related concussions 

Instructor
Lindsey Siewert, MSN, RN, APRN, CCNS, CCNS-K, SCRN

0.75

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Previous courses covering the Healthy People 2020 campaign have explored how social determinants of health impact health outcomes and healthcare delivery. Also included were best practices for providers addressing each determinant. This course offers scenarios representing the culmination of the knowledge and skills this series has presented regarding critical components of the five major pillars of the social determinants of health. These scenarios, providing glimpses of real-world experience, will challenge you to use your critical thinking, and the knowledge and skills you have gained in the other courses in this series.

Identify the social and environmental factors that impact a person's health.

Educate providers on how to incorporate the social determinants of health into their patient assessments.

Explain how the social determinants of health impact patients' ability to adhere to their care plans.

Improve the care planning process by incorporating social health information.

Staff Writer

Justin Hess, MS

Expert Reviewers

Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

0.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Physical environment has a direct impact on your patients’ health and wellness. This course covers four components of neighborhoods and the built environment: crime and violence, quality of housing, environmental conditions, and access to healthy foods. Learn how to leverage this knowledge to improve treatment planning for your patients.

Describe how the four components of neighborhood and the built environment affect overall health outcomes for your patients.

Identify how neighborhood and the built environment affect overall health outcomes for your patients.

Address issues surrounding neighborhood and the built environment in your patient population via care planning.

Expert Reviewer
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

0.50

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ANCC Accreditation

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This course is the fourth in a five-part series on the social determinants of health as defined by the Healthy People 2020 initiative. One of the pillars of the social determinants of health is health services. This course provides an in-depth and interactive analysis of how individuals' access to healthcare and primary care, along with their health literacy, affects their health and wellbeing. You will learn how to leverage this knowledge to improve your patients' health outcomes.

Describe the components of health literacy and access.

Explain how health and healthcare affect overall health outcomes for your patients.

Identify issues with health literacy and access in your patients.

Create a care plan that overcomes barriers to health and healthcare access and literacy.

Instructor
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

0.50

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ANCC Accreditation

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Due to the strong correlation between income and health, this course discusses economic stability, which is defined as the ability to access such vital resources as food, adequate housing, and necessary healthcare. Knowledge of your patients’ economic stability can inform your efforts to create successful care plans for them.

Describe the four components of economic stability.

Explain how economic stability affects overall health outcomes for patients.

Identify issues with economic stability in your patients.

Create a care plan that overcomes barriers to economic stability.

Instructor
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

0.00

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This assessment measures overall learner competencies as aligned with the modules presented in the social determinants of health learning path. The objectives being assessed are the social factors that impact a person’s health, how providers can incorporate the social determinants of health into their patient assessments, how these determinants impact patients’ ability to adhere to their care plans, and how to improve the care-planning process by incorporating social health information.

Identify the social factors that impact a person's health.

Incorporate the social determinants of health in patients' assessments.

Explain how the social determinants of health impact patients' ability to adhere to their care plans.

Writer
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Certain external conditions, often beyond an individual’s direct control, are referred to as the social determinants of health, and they have the potential of affecting the health of your patients. These conditions, contributing to individuals’ health inequity and inequalities at all levels, encompass where a patient lives and works; socioeconomic policies, systems, and norms; and more. This course discusses how the five pillars of the social determinants of health impact the daily delivery, accessibility, and engagement of health-improvement efforts. It also presents strategies for assessing the social determinants of health that may be affecting your patient population, how to increase awareness and interest in these determinants, and ways to engage patients, stakeholders, and other providers in addressing social determinants of health.

List the five pillars of social determinants of health.

Explain how social determinants of health impact health inequities and inequalities.

Identify strategies to assess social determinants of health that may be affecting your patient population.

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

Expert Reviewer
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The ECG, an easily mastered tool of remarkable clinical power, can provide helpful and even vital information in a wide range of situations. One glance at an ECG can diagnose an evolving myocardial infarction, identify a potentially life-threatening arrhythmia, pinpoint the chronic effects of sustained hypertension or the acute effects of a massive pulmonary embolus, or determine the likelihood of underlying coronary artery disease in a patient with chest pain. Since the ECG is only as capable as its user, this course will help you understand how to read and interpret an ECG strip.

Illustrate the steps taken to read and interpret an ECG strip.

Identify the characteristics of normal sinus rhythms.

Distinguish the features of sinus arrhythmias.

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

Staff Writer
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

0.50

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

One case is presented where the elements of an effective team-based Shoulder Dystocia simulation drill are reviewed.

Enhance situational awareness for patients at increased risks for shoulder dystocia (SD).

Design a team-based SD simulation drill. Improve obstetrical team performance through enhanced cooperation in deliveries complicated by SD.

Review methods to enhance communications with teams.

Instructor
William Cusick, MD

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course is intended for current users, physicians and nurses, with an interest in enhancing their understanding of the clinical content presented in the Shoulder Dystocia module.

Improve obstetrical team performance in deliveries complicated by SD.

Illustrate proper technique for performance of Rubin maneuver.

Illustrate proper technique for performance of Woods maneuver.

Illustrate proper technique for performance of posterior arm delivery.

Instructor
Sandhya Gardner, MD, FACOG 

Instructor
William Cusick, MD 

Expert Reviewer
Ronald Iverson, MD, MPH            
Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course is intended for current users, physicians and nurses, with an interest in enhancing their understanding of the clinical content presented in the Shoulder Dystocia module.

Enhance awareness of risks of shoulder dystocia (SD).

Improve obstetrical team performance in deliveries complicated by SD.

Illustrate proper technique of primary maneuvers: McRoberts, suprapubic pressure.

Review post-delivery communication, team debriefing, shoulder dystocia documentation.

Instructor
William Cusick, MD
Sandhya Gardner, MD, FACOG

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course is designed to provide greater awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, steps to take to prevent it, and methods to deal with it if it does occur. The course will focus on federal laws, liability issues, harassment policies, employee rights, supervisor responsibilities, and investigation procedures.

The content in this course is applicable to supervisors in all settings.

Differentiate between types of sexual harassment. Describe the laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

Discuss both employee and non-employee rights regarding sexual harassment

Explain the role you have in preventing, recognizing, investigating, and taking corrective action concerning sexual harassment in the workplace

Describe the investigation process of a sexual harassment claim

Expert Reviewer
Linda Karlheim, MSM, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Staff Writer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer

0.50

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Sexual harassment makes it hard for workers to feel comfortable and perform their jobs. It also creates problems for employers. This course discusses what sexual harassment is, how to recognize it in the workplace, how it affects individuals and organizations, and what actions to take in response to it. This information will help employees in any industry to be better equipped when dealing with sexual harassment.

Define sexual harassment.

Learn to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace.

Describe how sexual harassment affects individuals and organizations.

Take action in response to sexual harassment.

Instructor
Kelly J. Ace, Ph.D.

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Opioid use in the aging population creates a need for increased screening of older adults in medical settings regarding substance use and abuse. 
This course discusses the intervention model SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), along with other useful techniques for identification and treatment. You will learn how to enhance successful interventions with elders and how to identify risk factors that leave older adults vulnerable to overdoses.

Discuss the complexity of the term “older adults.” Identify at least five risk factors that leave older adults vulnerable to overdoses.

Describe three components of the SBIRT model.

Explain three items which can enhance successful interventions with elders.

Identify the most common location of substance use disorder treatment for older adults.

Instructor
Sandi Gray-Terry, MSW, LCSW

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Research indicates that screening and brief interventions by health-care professionals can have a significant impact on individuals with drug or alcohol difficulties. This course presents step-by-step guidelines about how to integrate screenings, how to conduct brief interventions that “meet people where they are” in their stage of change, and how to refer individuals to appropriate resources when they suffer from more severe substance issues. This training illustrates best practices using the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) approach outlined by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. You will be equipped with the tools you need to successfully screen and provide brief interventions for substance use issues in your own health-care setting.

Identify the core components of SBIRT.

Discuss reasons why implementing SBIRT in a general medical setting is beneficial to identifying and treating persons with hazardous substance use and the most common screening tools used.

Identify the basic philosophy, principles, and techniques of Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change and how they apply to SBIRT.

Discuss the steps of providing brief interventions. Apply SBIRT knowledge to case scenarios.

Instructor
Bruce Horwitz, PhD

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

0.25

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a team approach for investigating adverse events. Rather than calling out individuals who are at fault, its purpose is to identify factors that make adverse events possible. This overview explains some of the commonly used tools for conducting RCA, and why uncovering information gives a detailed understanding of the reason the event happened in the first place and what may prevent it from happening again.

Explain what root cause analysis (RCA) is, and how it can be used proactively and reactively

Describe the following data analysis tools and how to use them: the Five Whys, a timeline, a flow chart, and the fishbone diagram.

Instructor
Relias Learning

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course provides an overview of the use of robotic-assisted laparoscopic/endoscopic methods during surgery. Along with a review of the eight components necessary for an endoscopic surgical procedure, it also describes the endoscopic functions of robotic-assisted technology. You will come away with a better understanding of how health care professionals interact with robotic-assisted technology.

List the eight components necessary for endoscopic surgical procedures

Describe the endoscopic functions of robotic-assisted technology

Discuss how healthcare professionals interact with robotic-assisted technology

Instructor
Nancymarie Phillips, PhD, RN, RNFA, CNOR(E)          

Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

When receiving a request for physician-assisted death, health care professionals are often unprepared to respond. This course will help hospice and palliative care professionals understand the reasons patients may initiate such a request, appropriate ways to respond to a request, and ways the team can address the underlying root cause for the request.

Define physician-assisted suicide and clarify related concepts.

Identify root causes of suffering that may prompt requests for a hastened death.

Illustrate ways you can respond to these types of requests.

Explain strategies the care team can use to address the root cause of the request. Identify ethical and legal ramifications related to physician-assisted death.

Identify strategies to support members of the caregiving team when faced with requests for physician-assisted death.

Instructor
Gregg VandeKieft, MD, MA

0.15

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide members of the healthcare workforce with knowledge of the risks and responsibilities associated with the use of social media.

Discuss ways the use of social media can cause harm to healthcare personnel, patients, and employers.

Describe best practices and cautions for use of social media by members of the healthcare workforce.

Instructor

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.10

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide healthcare personnel with knowledge of the informed consent process and provider responsibilities for ensuring informed consents are properly executed.  

Describe the ethical and legal intent of informed consent.

Describe ethical and legal responsibilities of healthcare providers for obtaining informed consent.

Identify at least three types of interventions that require informed consent.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.15

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to equip healthcare personnel with knowledge needed to prevent cyberattacks and unauthorized access to electronic data. 

Describe at least two types of cybersecurity threats and potential warning signs.

Describe ways to prevent cyberattacks.

Identify strategies to prevent unauthorized access to computer information from internal personnel.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.15

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to equip healthcare personnel with knowledge of different types of advance directives, their purpose, related requirements for healthcare providers, and other forms used in advance care planning.

Describe advance directives, their purpose, and different types.

Identify at least 3 requirements for healthcare facilities related to advance directives under the Patient Self-Determination Act.

Describe physician orders for life-sustaining treatment and do-not-resuscitate orders and how they differ from advance directives.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

2.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn the scope of medical and treatment errors within the overall healthcare system and specifically in behavioral health settings. You will explore the types of medical errors, including error-prone situations, and the use of root cause analysis to determine why and how an error occurred. You will explore some best practices that will help improve client safety and outcomes within your organization. Finally, you will learn your responsibilities regarding the reporting of medical errors. With this information, you will be empowered to create a safe environment in which clients can get the care they need.

Identify the scope of treatment and medical errors within the healthcare setting.

Define the various terms used to describe and categorize treatment or medical errors.

Describe analysis methods used to determine why and how treatment errors occur.

Identify strategies to reduce behavioral health treatment errors.

Identify your responsibility in reporting medical errors.

Staff Writer
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP

Instructor
Angela Giles, DBH, LCSW

Staff Writer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Controlled prescription medications, such as opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants, are used to help manage health conditions but are also misused. Because of this, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state agencies monitor use closely. Practitioners and pharmacies are required to monitor and report use of these substances and make ethical dispensing decisions. Due to many regulations regarding controlled substances, pharmacy technicians should be familiar with warning signs of misuse, signs of fraudulent prescriptions, and laws. They should avoid unnecessary judgment or bias and treat patients with compassion and respect.

Identify three commonly misused prescription drugs and their side effects.

Identify three signs of prescription drug misuse.

State what techniques are used to prevent drug diversion.

Explain what interventions to take if prescription drug misuse is suspected.

Instructor
Sooa Devereaux, MSN, RN-BC

Expert Reviewer
Johnny J. Bethea, II, BSPharm

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The public-health problem of domestic violence requires all members of the community to recognize, address, report, and prevent it. Because healthcare professionals often work closely with victims, they are in a unique position to be able to recognize domestic violence. This course provides information on recognizing and responding to domestic violence, and presents strategies you can use to report and even prevent it.

Describe domestic violence in the United States as a public health issues.

Define two types of domestic violence. Identify three risk factors for becoming a victim of domestic violence.

Describe five warning signs of domestic violence.

Illustrate three strategies you can use to assess for domestic violence.

Demonstrate three interventions for responding to and reporting domestic violence.

Explain four ways you can help prevent domestic violence.

Staff Writer
Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Expert Reviewer
Fatima M. Smith, MSW

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

When patients are not engaged in their treatment, risks include a worsening of existing health problems, the rise of new health issues, and medication regimens not being followed. This can lead to medical errors, disability, death, and more frequent use of costly treatment approaches such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Learn strategies you can use to engage patients in their treatment to avoid or reduce these risks.

Describe strategies to facilitate patients' active involvement in healthcare discussions and decisions.

Evaluate patient readiness to change and degree of activation, and tailor treatment recommendations to those factors.

Employ communication strategies that support patient engagement.

List approaches to maintain patient engagement when collaborating with or transitioning care to other providers.

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

 

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

When patients experience worsening health and the rise of new health issues, and they have difficulty following medication regimens, those issues can lead to medical errors, disability, death, and more frequent use of costly treatment approaches, such as emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. However, engaging patients and their family members in treatment plans can promote greater follow-through on discharge recommendations and help avoid or reduce all these risks.

Describe strategies to facilitate shared decision-making and active collaboration with your patients' family members.

Employ communication strategies that support the engagement of family members.

Identify potential barriers to engaging family members in treatment, and strategies for overcoming these barriers.

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This case-based module places you into medical scenarios in which you will make decisions about the appropriate handling of a patient situation. The purpose of this module is to review and reinforce training, keeping your skills sharp and patients safe. Throughout each scenario you will be asked questions about your decisions, but your answer choices will not be scored and you will not receive a report. You can move freely throughout the module and visit earlier sections without losing progress on previously answered questions. You can revisit this module in the future as many times as you would like.

Review the current definitions for obstetrical hemorrhage

Contrast the techniques of quantified blood loss (QBL) assessment with visualized blood loss estimation (EBL) for obstetrical deliveries

Define the clinical process for QBL at vaginal delivery Define the clinical process for QBL at cesarean sectio

Instructor
William Cusick, MD

Expert Reviewer
Madonna K Ladouceur RN, DNP, ACNS-BC, EFM-C

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Quality Improvement (QI) can be implemented within almost any healthcare setting and can prove highly beneficial for achieving improved delivery of service outcomes. For quality improvement to be effective, it is crucial that everyone at your agency or clinic be informed of any QI projects and how their roles and responsibilities might impact these projects. The better you understand the QI process, the more proficient you will be as an active participant in improving the quality of services your agency or clinic provides. Using several quality improvement models, as well as detailed and specific examples that demonstrate these models in action, this course offers an overview of quality improvement, along with relevant aspects of how quality improvement impacts not only your job, but also your clinic or agency’s performance. You will be armed with the knowledge you need to apply these concepts in your own setting.

Define quality improvement in behavioral healthcare settings.

Recognize at least three areas of behavioral healthcare services that are impacted by quality improvement.

Identify a model of quality improvement that aligns with your agency's mission, vision, and values.

Describe two ways that you can effectively implement quality improvement in your agency.

Staff Writer
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP

Instructor
Stacy Smith, LPC-S, CS-I, LCAS, NCC

2.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about the major categories of medications used in the treatment of mental illness, including antipsychotics, antianxiety medications, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. You will also learn about the different medications’ indications for use and some of their most common side effects. You will find out about some of the precautions that apply to specific populations taking psychiatric medications, such as older adults and psychiatric medication use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Summarize general principles of psychiatric medication use, such as how these medications work and what impacts their effects

Describe the uses and major side effects of antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, antidepressant, and antianxiety medications

Explain the special concerns related to use of psychiatric medications in older adults and during pregnancy and the postpartum period

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Instructor
Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Emergency department (ED) healthcare providers may serve patients who present with symptoms of a behavioral health disorder. In some situations, the ED provider administers psychiatric medications to the patient, while in others it is prudent to wait until the patient is admitted to an inpatient mental health facility or is seen as an outpatient. Often the reason for presentation in the ED is an adverse reaction to a psychiatric medication itself. This course discusses major categories of medications used in treating mental health disorders; precautions for special populations, such as older adults and pregnant and nursing patients; and the major adverse reactions produced by psychiatric medications that are often seen in an ED setting.

Describe the major categories of medications used to treat mental health disorders and their adverse side effects.

Discuss some of the most common medications in each major category, their indications, and as their usage in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Explain the special concerns related to the use of psychotherapeutic medications in treating adults and pregnant and nursing patients.

Diagnose and treat adverse reactions to psychotropic medications among patients who present to the emergency department.

Jack M. Gorman, MD

0.25

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The long-term care facility, rehabilitation facility, or nursing home you work for provides housing and a variety of services to many individuals. Because your duties include the need to communicate personal information, this course explains your responsibility for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information of these individuals.

Identify confidential information.

Recall your responsibility in keeping information confidential.

Identify how to protect confidential information.

Recognize why social media is a high risk area for privacy and confidentiality violations.

Identify the actions required if unauthorized information is disclosed.

Staff Writer
Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Dependent adults are a population vulnerable to abuse from someone they know, such as family members, service providers, care providers, and others. Abuse has a significant impact on the adult victim’s health, safety, emotional well-being, and ability to engage in daily life. It is important that individuals working with dependent adults are knowledgeable about the common types of abuse perpetrated against dependent adults and indicators of each type. This course will discuss suggestions for preventing abuse, supporting victims, and what you need to know to report abuse.

Recall the definition and common characteristics of a dependent adult.

Identify seven different types of dependent adult abuse and indicators of each.

Recall at least five precautions to help dependent adults protect themselves from abuse.

Explain five facts to know about reporting suspected or known situations of dependent adult abuse.

Recall at least three suggestions for preventing dependent adult abuse, being supportive to victims, and behaviors to avoid when working with victims.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Universal Protocol is a Joint Commission strategy for preventing wrong-site surgeries, along with monitoring adherence by accredited facilities. The safe surgery checklist initiative, by the World Health Organization, was established to provide an outline of necessary tasks to complete in each perioperative phase of care. Along with these, there are many other risk-prevention strategies and tools to help keep surgical patients safe from harm.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses and CSTs with tools and other evidence-based practices for preventing wrong-site surgeries.

Identify common causes and risk factors for wrong-site surgeries.

Describe the steps of the Universal Protocol and the three phases of the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist.

Summarize innovative, evidence-based strategies for preventing wrong-site surgeries.

Instructor
Brandy Verton, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Jaclyn Rochelle, SFA, CST

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

“Bounce back,” “frequent flyer,” “rehospitalization,” “readmission”—regardless of the term used, the revolving door of hospital admission and readmission is often associated with the development of delirium, depression, functional decline, and healthcare complications. Unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions are also costly for Medicare and other payers. As a caregiver, you are in a unique position to help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions. This course presents information about how you can accomplish that by providing your patients with the appropriate level of care based on their current conditions, in other words, the right kind of care provided in the right place at the right time.

Explain why unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions are problematic.

Describe how you can prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions.

Instructor
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide providers in health and human services settings with skills for preventing suicide among veterans.

Identify the risk factors that relate to suicide among veterans. Explain how military culture relates to suicide risk among veterans.

Explain how to screen and assess individuals to identify veterans at increased risk of suicide.

Describe effective ways to intervene to reduce suicide risk among veterans.

Expert Reviewer
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This simulation, intended to provide a challenging, real-world experience regarding the prevention of readmissions, includes best practices for care management, medication management, medication reconciliation, and screening.

Identify prevention practices to prevent disease processes or the worsening thereof.

Recognize screening strategies for early detection and intervention in ambulatory care.

Identify care coordination to increase positive outcomes across the healthcare continuum.

Indicate key times for medication reconciliation and medication management strategies to improve outcomes and avoid medication errors.

Instructor
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Transfusions are a life-saving intervention, but transfusion errors, particularly errors involving ABO incompatibility, can be deadly. Three actions that have frequently been a contributing cause for ABO incompatibility errors are incorrect labeling of the blood sample for crossmatching, incorrect interpretation by personnel in the blood bank, and incorrect identification of the patient prior to initiation of a transfusion. Laboratory staff and nurses who are involved in the administration of blood products must strictly follow facility policies to ensure that they give the correct blood product to the correct patient. The goal of this course is to provide information about blood incompatibility errors and the evidence-based practices to prevent them.

List at least three factors that contribute to blood incompatibility errors.

Describe blood type compatibility between the donor and recipient and the processes involved in the safe transfusion of blood products.

Identify transfusion reaction types and the processes involved in the investigation and management of transfusion reactions when they occur.

Instructor
Dana Bartlett, RN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Staff Writer
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN

Expert Reviewer
Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)

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Diabetes management can be accomplished with an interdisciplinary team of nurses, dietitians, health educators, therapists, and the patient. Therapists must understand the impact of diabetes and related complications on the patient’s therapy outcomes. In this course, learners will gain an understanding of the physiologic impact of diabetes on the patient's clinical presentation, progression, and plan of care. The course will discuss how to manage patients with diabetes during a treatment session and introduce evidence-based diabetes self-management programs available in the community as effective complements to therapy.

Identify the impact of diabetes on patient presentation and healing.

Recall the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and how to respond when these conditions are suspected.

Recognize the impact of diabetes on progression and plan of care.

Recognize the value of a self-management program for a patient.

Instructor
Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT

Katherine Tuan, MSOT, OTR/L, CBIS

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This course will familiarize the learner with personal protective equipment. The different types and proper application of personal protective equipment are discussed. Choosing the correct personal protective equipment for the type of exposure is presented. This course engages the learner in discovering educational resources for commonly used chemicals and tactics for choosing personal protective equipment used in situations where exposure risks are evolving. 

Discuss the different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the proper application

Demonstrate knowledge in choosing the correct type of PPE for the type of exposure presented

Instructor
Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN

1.00

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Children with tracheostomies are routinely being cared for in the home and in community settings. Numerous studies show that an increased mortality rate is associated with tracheal complications during emergencies. This course for EMS professionals, dietitians, and nurses working with children with tracheostomies examines reasons why children may need tracheostomy tubes and explains how to manage pediatric tracheostomies and emergencies associated with them.

Explain why a child may require a tracheostomy

Describe routine tracheostomy management and emergency preparation and prevention in the home

Describe a step-wise approach to tracheostomy emergency response in the home

Instructor
Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN
Joan A. Dougherty, RN, BSN, CPN, CSN

Expert Reviewer
Zoe Kinney, RN, BSN

0.25

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Non-accredited Education

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Pediatric immunizations are orchestrated specifically to protect young children from life-threatening diseases. These immunizations are often administered on a schedule. This course discusses the immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as related contraindications for pediatric immunizations.

Identify the recommended immunizations for pediatric ages, ranging from birth to 18 years.

Describe potential complications related to various pediatric immunizations.

Describe potential pandemic effects of non-vaccination of the pediatric population.

Adam Roesner, BSN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Expiration:

The first recorded defibrillation case was of a child, and yet we are taught that most pediatric patients do not go into ventricular fibrillation. Questions about the amount of joules, pad size, and the use of an AED are asked every time the words "pediatric code" are heard. An extensive review of research, evidence-based practice, and American Heart Association guidelines provides a concise standard to use when resuscitating pediatric patients.

Explain how defibrillation affects a heart in ventricular fibrillation

Describe the incidence of shockable arrhythmias in the pediatric population

Discuss at least two concerns regarding the use AEDs in the pediatric population 

 

Relias Learning

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

People living with hypertension, coronary artery disease (CAD), and congestive heart failure (CHF) are among healthcare payers’ highest cost members. People may have these conditions simultaneously, and having even just one of them—especially if not well-managed—often increases a patient's risk of developing the others. Early detection and treatment of hypertension reduces disease progression and drives down costs. This course provides evidence-based recommendations on how to provide clinically appropriate care, how to teach patients self-management techniques for their conditions and create an action plan, and how to identify other factors that could impact their condition.

Indicate best practices for providing cardiac care while achieving cost effectiveness.

Identify markers of cardiac conditions to encourage early detection and treatment, benefiting both patients and payers.

Identify different educational tools for teaching self-management to patients with cardiac conditions.

Write an appropriate cardiac action plan with your patients.

Identify how to provide nutritional counseling for patients with cardiac conditions.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact adherence to the care plan.

Instructor
George L. Oestreich, PharmD, MPA

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

If not controlled, prediabetes and diabetes lead to costly complications that decrease a patient’s quality of life. By creating an action plan with their patients, primary care providers can help improve outcomes as they empower those with these conditions to take on a larger role in their own disease management, thus freeing up time and economic resources. Since no two plans will be the same, this course covers the topics of pharmacotherapy, action plans, the social determinants of health, and nutritional counseling—all to assist providers in creating the most effective action plan with each patient.

Indicate best practices for providing diabetes care and management while achieving cost effectiveness.

Implement up-to-date recommended pharmacotherapy and lifestyle management in diabetes.

Identify different educational tools for teaching self-management to patients with diabetes.

Cite the appropriate annual testing parameters for diabetes.

Write a diabetes action plan with your patients.

Identify how to provide nutritional counseling for patients with diabetes.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact adherence to the care plan.

Expert Reviewer
George L. Oestreich, Pharm.D., MPA

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Diabetes is not an uncommon condition in today’s healthcare system. This high-volume condition can be managed very effectively, but diabetes disease management can also become very complicated. How can patients learn to manage their own diabetes? What strategies are most effective in teaching patient self-care? By creating an action plan with their patients, primary care providers can not only help to improve patient outcomes, but they also empower the patient to take a bigger role in their own disease management. When patients take on more responsibility for their care, resources (both time and economic) are freed up and can be allocated to other patients or areas of need. However, creating an action plan requires input from both the primary care provider and the patient, and no two plans are likely to be the same. Factors such as finances, living situation, or other social determinants of health all must be considered when putting together a plan. A patient’s diet may also play a role. In this module, the topics of action plans, the social determinants of health, and nutritional counseling will be explored.

Indicate best practices for providing diabetes care and management while achieving cost effectiveness.

Identify different educational tools for teaching self-management to patients with diabetes.

Cite the appropriate annual testing parameters for diabetes.

Write a diabetes action plan with your patients.

Identify how to provide nutritional counseling for patients with diabetes.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact adherence to the care plan

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all adults in this country have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults have two or more chronic health conditions. This course provides an in-depth and interactive analysis of comorbid conditions and how they affect the health and wellbeing of patients. Included is information about cost effectiveness, social determinants, nutrition needs, and action plans related to patients who have comorbidities.

Indicate best practices for providing comorbidity care while achieving cost effectiveness.

Identify different educational tools for teaching self-management to patients with different comorbidities.

Write a comorbidity action plan with your patients.

Identify how to provide nutritional counseling for patients with comorbidities.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact adherence to the care plan.

Expert Reviewer
Dr. Janet Albers, MD

Staff Writer
Jessica Cairns, RN, RAC-CT, CMAC

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Behavioral health disorders frequently exist alongside chronic physical health disorders or comorbidities. Patients with chronic health disorders are costly to treat and sometimes over-utilize the healthcare system. This course discusses the importance of treating behavioral health disorders so that through best practices and supporting self-management, these patients can see an improvement in their health outcomes and wellbeing. Providers will also see improved patient satisfaction scores as they focus on regularly following up with their patients and doing what they can to keep them healthy.

Recognize how to educate patients on self-management for their physical and behavioral conditions.

Identify how physical and behavioral conditions can impact each other.

Define the importance of appropriate annual screening and regular follow-ups for behavioral health issues.

Cite how to create an action plan.

Define nutritional counseling for maximizing health.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact compliance to the plan of care.

Instructor
Christopher Reist, MD, MBA

Staff Writer
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

With healthcare policies shifting from fee-for-service to performance-based payment models that hold providers accountable for poor outcomes, a better understanding of factors that contribute to non-adherence is needed, along with effective strategies for improvement. This course covers the wide array of contributing forces behind non-adherence, along with evidence-based interventions for optimizing outcomes. You will also learn how to apply interventions best suited to individual patients based on their needs and risks related to adherence.

Differentiate between intentional and unintentional non-adherence.

Describe factors that influence therapeutic non-adherence.

Select appropriate interventions based on factors that influence non-adherence.

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Christopher Reist, MD, MBA

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course will introduce you to the influenza pandemic response and its three stages of preparation, response, and recovery. You will learn about the basic elements of a pandemic influenza plan and the steps needed to implement this plan when responding to pandemic levels of influenza in the community.

Explain how pandemic influenza occurs.

Describe three essential elements of a pandemic influenza plan.

Explain how the elements of a pandemic influenza plan are implemented during the response phase.

Instructor
Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Although palliative care can be a tremendous benefit for individuals with chronic, life-limiting conditions, many qualifying individuals are not referred to such care because of a lack of understanding of the services. Another point of confusion is how palliative care and hospice care differ. This course explains each type of care, including when they are appropriate, the services offered, team-member roles, and payer sources. Thus equipped, healthcare professionals can better advocate for the most appropriate care, provide education and guidance to individuals and their families, and, when necessary, ease the transition from palliative care to hospice care.

Define palliative care and hospice care.

Explain the services provided in palliative and hospice care and the payer sources for each.

Identify when palliative care and hospice care are appropriate.

Illustrate the roles of  palliative care and hospice care team members.

Describe the benefits of palliative care and hospice care.

Discuss the transition from palliative care to hospice care, and discharge from hospice care.

Staff Writer
Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Expert Reviewer
Sheri Ellington Cook, R.N., B.S.N.

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Symptoms in a child such as fever, cough, and chills can alert you to the potential presence of a communicable disease and can aid in the detection of concerns in your work environment. Less obvious symptoms may require a more careful inspection to determine risk factors. Because children are exposed to a variety of environments, caregivers working with families must have the ability to identify healthcare concerns quickly in order to halt the spread of disease. This course, designed for staff members working with children and their family members, will help you determine if signs and symptoms depict the presence of a communicable disease, and the best way to manage the child and their environment. Included are ways to interact with a child who has a communicable disease, as well as a review of best practices in preventing the spread of common communicable diseases.

Identify common signs and symptoms of communicable diseases in children.

Discuss ways to interact with a child with a communicable disease.

State ways to prevent the spread of infection.

Instructor
Marissa Brown, MSN, RN, CPN

1.00

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Delays in developmental skills in young children can include problems with movement (motor), hearing and speaking (communication), social and emotional development, and thinking and problem-solving skills (cognitive). These difficulties, ranging from mild to severe, may extend into adulthood and can affect learning, communication, and functioning in the community. The onset of some developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, can be diagnosed at birth. Other disorders may become apparent only as young children miss important developmental milestones, although the typical sequence of development can have a wide range. This course explains how to identify atypical development in young children, how to recognize common developmental disabilities that require comprehensive assessments, and how to identify and describe common disabilities that may result from environmental factors. With this knowledge, you will be better equipped to meet the individual needs of the young children with whom you work.

Identify common developmental delays in young children.

Describe individual characteristics of specific developmental disabilities.

Expert Reviewer
Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

On average, people who live with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance-use disorders die 25 to 35 years prematurely. This is largely due to preventable diseases, health disparities, and even the contributing factor of the stigma associated with mental illness. Behavioral health case managers are experts in helping people manage their chronic mental health conditions. By applying those skills in addressing the whole-health needs of these individuals, case managers become care managers in an integrated-systems approach to behavioral health concerns. This course for health and human services professionals offers an overview of case-to-care management, a strategy for incorporating a patient-centered approach, and ways to effectively impact the health outcomes of the people you serve.

Describe barriers in the US healthcare system that perpetuate the fragmentation of care.

Identify three health disparities impacting health outcomes in the behavioral health population.

Summarize the similarities and differences between case management and care management.

Develop effective methods of managing a multidimensional approach for your clients total healthcare needs.

Expert Reviewer
Cheryl Holt, MA

Expert Reviewer
Melissa Lewis-Stoner, MSW, LCSW-C

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In the United States, the use and abuse of opioids, whether through prescriptions or illegal means, has reached epidemic proportions. The problem is compounded by the use of opioids during pregnancy. This course presents best practices for identifying and managing pregnant women who have opioid-use disorder, including screening, treatment recommendations, pain management, complications, and postpartum recommendations.

Describe strategies for managing pain in women with opioid-use disorder during pregnancy.

Describe treatment recommendations for opioid-use disorder during pregnancy.

Discuss complications related to opioid-use disorders during pregnancy and recommendations for management.

Discuss the postpartum recommendations for women with opioid-use disorders.

Discuss recommendations for opioid screening during pregnancy.

Expert Reviewer
William Cusick, MD

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Opioid use and abuse has become a significant problem within the United States. Each year, more and more people die because of an opioid overdose. It has become an epidemic and healthcare, government, and other organizations are taking steps to combat the problem. As a healthcare provider, you play a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic. This course will provide an overview of the opioid use and abuse landscape as it exists in our country today. It is geared toward healthcare providers in behavioral health, ambulatory or pre-acute care, emergency department, and urgent care.

Define the process of opioid addiction as it begins with prescription opioids.

Identify legal and ethical concerns related to opioid abuse and addiction.

State patient outcomes that result from opioid use and abuse.

Recognize some federal and state laws and guidelines concerning opioid medications.

Identify some guidelines given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for prescribing opioid medications.

Instructor
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Jack M. Gorman, M.D.

0.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In the United States, the use and abuse of opioids has become an epidemic, costing the nation billions of dollars every year. While opioids can be a safe and effective method of pain management, they can also be highly addictive. The issue is compounded when physicians prescribe opioids to patients who are at a high risk of opioid misuse or abuse without first exploring other options. In this module, we will explore the risk factors and stratification of opioid misuse, as well as assessment tools and strategies to ensure safe and effective pain management for patients using opioid medications.

Identify risk factors for opioid misuse.

Discuss risk factors for opioid misuse for specific strata of patients.

Utilize proper assessment tools for at-risk patients.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Jack M. Gorman, MD

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Perinatal opioid use is a serious public health challenge in the United States, which, if untreated, is associated with morbidity and mortality for both mothers and their infants. Maternity care providers are uniquely positioned to assist by facilitating access to treatment and comprehensive care. In this course, you’ll learn about optimal screening approaches for prenatal substance use, treatment programs available for pregnant women who struggle with opioid use disorders, and recommended resources that promote the safety of mother and baby.

Describe treatment options for pregnant women who struggle with opioid use disorders

List screening approaches for opioid use disorders

Identify resources needed to promote safety of mother and baby

Assess how the healthcare team can work together to improve communication around substance use issues

Instructor
Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, APRN, CNM           

Tricia Wright, MD, MS, FACOG, FASAM

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

In helping people maintain their health, well-being, and independence, nurses must feel confident in their ability to make appropriate decisions. This course discusses ethical concepts that will guide you in tough situations where making the right decision is critical. Included is a discussion of ethical principles for nursing practitioners in the geriatric setting, along with how to utilize a decision-making process to resolve ethical situations and problems.

Differentiate between various ethical principles. Describe why nurses should understand ethics.

Examine ethical principles for nursing practitioners in the geriatric setting.

Utilize a decision-making process to solve an ethical situation or problem.

Instructor
Kim Matthews, RN

0.50

Launch Course

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To manage the threat posed by multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), all healthcare workers and individuals must work together. Along with providing a comprehensive look at new and ever-changing MDROs, this course covers disease trends associated with MDROs, the national approach to combat MDROs, leading practices and clinical interventions, and the psychosocial effects of treatment. You will learn prevention measures and methods to control the spread of MDROs in our communities and throughout health care.

Describe the current problem with multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs).

Identify disease trends associated with MDROs.

Identify the most common MDROs.

Identify how to decrease the transmission of MDROs.

Describe the national approach to combat MDROs.

Describe the psychosocial effects of treatment.

Instructor
Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centered approach to engaging people in conversations about change. Shown to be effective in a variety of settings, MI is increasingly being adopted by therapists, substance-use-disorder counselors, and healthcare workers to help clients make important behavioral changes. This course is for practitioners who are already familiar with the core skills used in MI (along with its four processes), and who would like to improve their ability to use this approach more effectively with a broad range of clients or apply MI concepts to group therapy.

Engage clients who are angry, upset or disengaged from the therapeutic process.

Guide clients who are vague, guarded, or tangential towards a deeper discussion of their reasons, ability, and desire to change a particular behavior.

Consolidate commitment from clients who have successfully resolved their ambivalence about change.

Apply Motivational Interviewing principles to group therapy.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer LCSW

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Motivational interviewing (MI) is increasingly being viewed as the most important development in the counseling field in the last 30 years. This course for people in helping professions explains MI’s core principles and how to apply them through such skills and techniques as establishing rapport and commitment language and eliciting change talk. Through a blend of interactive exercises and instructive information—including recent empirical research supporting MI’s effectiveness—you will learn the crucial importance of matching interventions to individuals and stages of change in order to improve the likelihood of success.

Describe the foundational principles and spirit of motivational interviewing.

List how the four processes of motivational interviewing help clients consider their own reasons for change.

Employ basic motivational interviewing skills to help clients resolve ambivalence in favor of change.

Identify how motivational interviewing is used in different practice settings.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer, LCSW

2.90

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course for nurses and physicians describes how to assess pediatric pain and recognize the barriers to effectively treating such pain. You will learn pharmacological and nonpharmacological management options and the complexities of managing pain in special populations. You will come away better equipped to appropriately assess and treat pediatric pain in your own setting.

Discuss the past and future status of pain management in children

Define pain, clarify commonly misused terms, and develop an understanding of how pain works

Describe some of the assessment tools available for children

Discuss various pharmacological pain management options

Discuss various nonpharmacological pain management options

Explain some of the complexities involved in treating the child with chronic pain, cognitive impairments, or a need for palliative care

Instructor
Christina M. Almgren, MS, RN, CPNP

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective, yet underused, approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. Misconceptions about what MAT is, how it is used, and whether it is helpful, are common. Your clients with opioid use disorder may share these misconceptions, creating a barrier to treatment. By taking this course, you will have information that you can share with your clients and their family members about what MAT is, how it helps, its major components, and the medications used in MAT. Note: If you are a prescriber, this course does not meet the federal requirements to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. You will need to pursue additional training to meet those requirements. The goal of this educational program is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, nursing, professional counseling, social work, and psychology professionals in health and human services settings with an overview of what MAT is, how it helps individuals with opioid use disorder, and the medications used in MAT programs.

Describe how opioids affect the brain and can become habit-forming.

Discuss the primary components of medication-assisted treatment programs and their efficacy for treating opioid use disorder.

List the medications typically prescribed to treat opioid use disorder and the side effects and risks associated with them.

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Instructor
Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The outlook for people with schizophrenia has improved over the last 25 years. Although there is no cure yet, it is important to remember that many people can manage the illness to lead independent, satisfying lives. The main goal of this course is to provide you with the information and current research you need to better understand how to collaborate in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Identify differences between typical and atypical antipsychotic medications

List common side effects of antipsychotic medications

Recognize antipsychotic medication-related side effects that should be immediately reported and/or addressed

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
John Cahill, MD, PhD

2.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course explains Medicare health plan options other than the original Medicare. It was developed and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace.

Define Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans.

Describe how MA Plans work.

Explain eligibility requirements and enrollment.

Recognize types of MA Plans.

Identify other Medicare health plans.

Recall rights, protections, and appeals.

Summarize the Medicare Marketing Guidelines.

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Given the significant impact medical errors can have on health and safety, all licensed professionals caring for patients must understand how these errors occur and how to prevent them. This course will discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors and how the root cause analysis process and other evidence-based strategies can aid in preventing them. In addition, five of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions will be reviewed, along with strategies for prevention. 

Identify definitions related to patient safety, medical errors, and adverse events.

Discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors.

Describe the root cause analysis process for medical errors. Identify strategies for preventing medical errors.

Discuss vulnerable populations and their safety needs related to medical errors.

List factors that contribute to the five most misdiagnosed medical conditions. 

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN 

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

1.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course discusses what quality payment programs are and who can participate in them. Included are Alternative Payment Models (APMs), Advanced APMs, and Other Payer Advanced APMs, along with the criteria to be considered for each of these programs. Also covered are Qualifying APM Participants (QPs), how payments apply to QP determinations, threshold scores, and payer combination options, along with a discussion of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). This module is designed for presentation to trainers and other information givers and can easily be adapted for presentations to groups of beneficiaries.

Discuss the Quality Payment Program and its impact on Medicare Part B payments.

Outline how the Quality Payment Program Impacts Alternative Payment Models and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Explain who participates in Alternative Payment Models and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems.

Summarize how the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee impacts Alternative Payment Models for clinicians.

Identify where to get additional information.

Instructor
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services National Training Program

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The American Stroke Association estimates that 85 percent of all strokes are related to ischemia, and in the United States, ischemic strokes are the leading cause of adult disability. In stroke care, prevention is key. This course discusses patient-monitoring techniques and management principles, along with the use of pharmacological agents that slow or prevent clot development.

Describe the physiological states of coagulation.

Discuss the pharmacological agents of anticoagulation used in venous thromboembolism prophylaxis therapy.

Outline patient monitoring techniques and management principles.

Instructor
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The American Stroke Association estimates that 85 percent of all strokes are related to ischemia, and in the United States, ischemic strokes are the leading cause of adult disability. Since early intervention is key, this course discusses pharmacological agents (thrombolytics) that destroy clots and are often used as part of the treatment plan.

Outline patient monitoring techniques and management principles.

Describe the physiological stages of clot creation.

Differentiate between clot inhibition and fibrinolysis.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In the United States, stroke affects some 795,000 people per year and is the fifth largest cause of death. Of those patients who survive, many experience impairments requiring special care. The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a tool used to measure the severity of stroke symptoms and to aid in the identification of the injury location. The NIHSS has also been shown to strongly predict the likelihood of a patient’s recovery after stroke. This course will help clinicians in the acute care setting care for patients suffering from acute stroke. 

State the primary purpose of using the NIHSS.

Name all NIHSS areas of assessment.

List all stroke scale items used to test patients for stroke severity.

Calculate a summative NIHSS score and identify levels of stroke severity.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

One of the hormones used by the endocrine system to finely regulate and maintain the human body is Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH). By increasing water absorption, ADH helps control the body’s fluid balance when the circulating blood volume becomes too low. However, a condition known as Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH) develops when an excessive amount of ADH is secreted or when the body has an increased response to ADH. In this course, you will learn about SIADH, how to identify patients at risk and their clinical presentation, nursing care for those with SIADH, how to identify complications associated with treatment, and the monitoring required for prevention.

Explain the role of ADH in the regulation of fluid volume status. Identify patients at risk for SIADH.

Describe the clinical presentation of a patient with SIADH.

Summarize nursing care for SIADH.

Identify complications associated with SIADH treatment and the monitoring required for prevention.

Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide the clinician with up-to-date best practices for identifying and treating patients who have peripheral artery disease (PAD). The module covers symptoms, complications, risk factors, and modifications of PAD, along with the topics of diagnostic tests, assessment, and treatment strategies.

Describe symptoms and complications associated with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Identify risk factors and complications related to PAD.

List two diagnostic tests for identifying PAD.

Discuss assessment and disease management for patients with PAD.

Describe important strategies for and elements of patient and family teaching for PAD.

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Annually in this country, an average of 800,000 patient hospitalizations involve mechanical ventilation, with an estimated cost of 27 billion dollars, or 12 percent of all hospital costs. Proper ventilator management techniques are imperative in providing safe, quality patient care. This course discusses related respiratory physiology, modes of ventilation, commonly referenced ventilator values, principles for managing the mechanically ventilated patient, and the pharmacology of pain and sedation used during mechanical ventilation. Applying this information in your healthcare setting will help to ensure optimal outcomes for your patients.

Review the concepts of respiratory physiology associated with mechanical ventilation.

Discuss commonly referenced ventilator values used when assessing the adequacy of a treatment regimen.

Outline the strategies utilized in the approach to mechanical ventilation and the modes of ventilation categorized under these approaches.

Describe principles of managing the mechanically ventilated patient.

Summarize the pharmacology of pain and sedation used during mechanical ventilation.

Staff Writer
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

1.50

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs), or strokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The early care that patients receive, preferably in the first four and a half hours, is critical in their prognosis and in the preservation of their functional status. Clinicians need a thorough understanding of stroke pathophysiology, along with how to assess, diagnose, and determine the appropriate plan of care. The goal of this course is to equip you to make the best possible decisions in caring for stroke patients.

Summarize and apply key neuropathophysiological concepts of different types of stroke.

Identify the types of strokes and their etiologies.

Explain the pathophysiological causes of stroke and stroke symptoms.

Recall and apply the American Heart Association and American Stroke guidelines for care of the stroke patient.

Describe treatment options for ischemic stoke and hemorrhagic stroke.

Instructor
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

2.25

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Hepatic failure is one of the leading causes of death in this country. According to the American Liver Foundation (ALF), one in 10 Americans—approximately 30 million people—has some form of hepatic failure, with 16,000 such patients currently on the transplant list waiting for a new liver. So you can better manage and care for this patient population, this course presents the causes, symptoms, risk factors, complications, treatment strategies, and characteristics of hepatic failure.

Identify the anatomical and physiological aspects of the liver.

Identify causes of hepatic failure.

Describe symptoms and complications of liver disease and hepatic failure.

Discuss diagnostic and monitoring strategies for patients with liver disease.

Identify evidence-based treatment and management strategies for persons with liver disease.

Describe the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis A, B, and C.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

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Because hematologic conditions affect every system within the body, caring for a patient with a blood disorder can be challenging. Nurses should be familiar with hematological conditions and how to recognize their symptoms, along with understanding diagnostic tests, treatment and management strategies, and the education patients need to optimize quality of life and prevent complications. This course is designed to equip nurses with essential knowledge necessary for caring for patients with these conditions.

Identify the components and functions of the hematological system.

Describe the pathology for common hematological disorders.

Identify the causes and symptoms of hematological disorders.

Identify diagnostic tests and treatment strategies for hematological disorders.

Discuss complications associated with hematological disorders.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

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A bleeding disorder—also called coagulopathy—is an impairment of the blood's ability to form clots. This course for nurses in the acute care facility explains the concepts of coagulation and hemostasis. You will learn how to identify emergency situations and will be equipped to care for those with coagulopathies such as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), and warfarin-induced coagulopathy.

Explain the concepts of coagulation and hemostasis.

Identify proper nursing care for those with TTP, HIT, ITP, DIC, and warfarin-induced coagulopathy.

Name tests used to diagnose and monitor those with coagulopathies. Identify emergency situations in those with coagulopathies and the corresponding interventions.

Describe TTP, HIT, ITP, DIC, and warfarin-induced coagulopathy and their treatments.

Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

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Chest-tube placement and maintenance can be stressful not only for patients and their families, but also for the nursing staff. A thorough understanding of the principles surrounding chest-tube placement and maintenance—along with the risks, complications, and need for emotional support before, during, and after this procedure—allows the nurse to properly manage such patients, resulting in better patient outcomes and satisfaction. This course is intended to equip nurses to safely manage patients before, during, and after chest-tube placement and to properly operate—and troubleshoot—chest-tube drainage systems.

Describe thoracic anatomy and physiology relative to the use of chest tubes.

Identify pathological conditions requiring chest tube placement.

Identify the functions of single-chamber, two-chamber, and three-chamber chest drainage systems.

Discuss risk factors and potential complications before, during, and after chest tube placement.

Describe the proper techniques for chest tube management.

Instructor
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN   
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.75

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ANCC Accreditation

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Aneurysms are known as silent killers. Without early detection and prompt intervention, their mortality rate can reach as high as 90 to 100 percent. A number of commonly found risk factors and comorbidities can increase the risk of developing an aneurysm. To help you achieve quality outcomes for your patients, this course discusses the symptoms of a potential aneurysm, how to identify aneurysm types and their physical location, and common techniques used in managing the patient with an aneurysm.

Discuss the concepts associated with vascular physiology.

Identify the types of aneurysms and their physical location.

Recognize the clinical manifestations of aneurysms.

Outline the common techniques utilized in managing the patient with an aneurysm.

Instructor
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

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