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0.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Critical situations in the emergency department (ED) often result in a rapid flow of information between providers and patients. In the midst of the volume and urgency of such exchanges, ED providers must be especially careful to safeguard patient information. This course covers the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2. As an overview of each law is discussed, you will learn about the specific information you can and cannot share, how to share it appropriately, and what the information you may not be able to access. Included are practical approaches for acquiring the information you need in a timely and efficient manner.

NOTE: The content in this course is based on information from HIPAA (US Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2014) and 42 CFR Part 2 (United States Government Publishing Office [USGPO], 2015). If you wish to view the law in its entirety, please see the References section at the end of the course. This course is intended for all emergency department personnel and providers. Please note that this course focuses on federal law. However, every state has its own privacy and confidentiality laws, and it is your responsibility to know your state's laws and regulations. Furthermore, this course is not intended as legal advice for any individual provider or situation. If you need more comprehensive information, please review the resources listed at the end of the course and consult with your organization's legal and compliance team.

Identify information sharing standards under HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.

Discuss the concept of consent and when you must obtain it to share or receive information.

Recognize the types of information that may not be available to you.

Disclose and acquire information while maintaining compliance.

Staff Writer
Justin Hess, MS

Instructor
Amanda Richards

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Caregiving demands a tremendous amount of compassion and empathy. While this can be incredibly rewarding, it can also cause some adverse side effects. This course discusses compassion fatigue—its signs and symptoms, how it can affect you and others, and practical methods of dealing with it.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue.

Describe how compassion fatigue can affect yourself and others.

Apply practical methods to deal with the symptoms of compassion fatigue.

Instructor
Heather Sones, Ph.D.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Care plans are developed to help residents attain and maintain physical, mental and psychosocial well-being while in your care. The purpose of this course is to provide information on the care plan framework so that you can work together as a team to develop comprehensive care plans that maximize the well-being of each resident. The module covers the use of care area triggers, resources and CAA summary so that decision making can be supported and documented in the care of the resident.

Explain the Care Area Assessment process Describe Care Area Triggers and their role in the RAI process.

Identify the 20 care areas in the CAA framework Identify timelines for care plan completion and updating.

Instructor
Kim Matthews, RN

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with the knowledge needed to identify patients at risk for suicide and appropriate interventions based on the patient’s level of risk. 

Identify risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for suicide.

Differentiate factors associated with low, moderate, and high suicide risks.

Describe response recommendations for low, moderate, and high suicide risk patients.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Opioid dependence can be caused by the use of prescription opioids (obtained legally or illegally) or the use of illicit opioids (e.g., heroin). It continues to be a growing problem in the United States with opioid-related deaths occurring daily. Often, patients who discontinue opioid use require treatment to prevent relapse or the extreme effects of withdrawal. Buprenorphine is a partial mu-opioid agonist used for the treatment of patients with opioid dependence. It is available as a sublingual tablet, sublingual or buccal soluble film strip, and injection and is used in formulations with or without naloxone. The goal of this course is to educate nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in acute care settings about opioid dependence and the therapeutic use of buprenorphine to treat the condition.

Describe the key differences among the three drugs approved for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Summarize the pharmacology, dosing, formulations, adverse effects, and interactions of buprenorphine.

Explain the regulations that govern the prescribing and dispensing of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Instructor
Robert Smith, PharmD

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Strategies for successful engagement of clients, especially those who are either not ready or willing to change, are desperately needed. While there are significant systemic barriers to engagement including the proximity and accessibility of services and high costs of care (Kazdin, 2017), treatment providers also influence the extent to which clients engage in treatment. This course is intended for licensed clinicians and will provide information about the challenges of engagement, as well as specific strategies that providers can use to promote engagement in treatment for individuals with substance use and other behavioral health conditions.

Discuss typical challenges to engagement among individuals with substance use and other behavioral health disorders.

Define relationship factors and integrated medical and behavioral health treatment models and how each contributes to treatment engagement.

Identify counseling strategies that can improve treatment engagement among individuals with substance use and other behavioral health disorders.

Summarize unique issues and barriers related to engaging women with children, pregnant women, and older adults in substance abuse treatment.

Instructor
Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. It affects approximately 2.7 million people in the U.S. and is a leading risk factor for stroke (AHA, 2016). AF is most commonly seen in patients who are over age 60 years. Many patients with AF are asymptomatic, making it difficult to diagnose. AF can increase the risk of stroke if not diagnosed and treated. Approximately 15% of people who experience a stroke have AF (AHA, 2016). Strokes resulting from AF can be prevented with early screening, diagnosis, and intervention.

Recognize patient risk factors that can lead to AF and subsequent stroke.

Identify anatomical and physiological changes that occur with AF that contribute to increased risk for stroke.

Determine interventions for symptom control and how to manage risks for stroke in patients with AF.

Staff Writer
Alia Lutz, BSN, RN

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

While opportunities to share information online have increased, so has the challenge of keeping information private. Learn how to avoid social media’s privacy pitfalls so you won’t run the risk of committing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations.

Explain how the use of protected health information in electronic communications or social media can lead to a HIPAA violation.

List three factors that make personal use of electronic communication and social media a high-risk area for HIPAA violations.

Identify three steps you can take to avoid HIPAA violations while using electronic communication or social media.

Identify whether there is or is not a HIPAA violation within presented scenarios.

Instructor
Linda Weaver, PhD, JD

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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

0.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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.

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

While bronchoscopy provides valuable diagnostic and therapeutic benefits, it also carries risk for complications, some potentially life-threatening. This course for nurses in the acute care facility discusses conditions for which bronchoscopy is used, its potential benefits, and its possible complications. You will also learn identify safety risks for staff, patients, and visitors, as well as describe nursing interventions before, during, and after a bronchoscopy.

Describe the types of bronchoscopies performed and the anatomy for which they are utilized. Identify conditions for which bronchoscopy is utilized and the potential benefits.

Discuss potential complications associated with bronchoscopy. Identify safety risks for staff, patients, and visitors associated with bronchoscopy.

Describe nursing interventions before, during, and after a bronchoscopy.

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Diabetes, affecting 9.3% of people in the United States, can cause a host of health problems and even lead to death when managed improperly. In fact, it is the seventh leading cause of death in this country. Given this growing problem, it is important to understand how diabetes affects the body and how to help delay its devastating complications. This course for entry-level nurses covers the basics of the disease and its current medical treatments to help you better assess patients’ needs, provide care for them, and problem-solve common medication concerns.

Discuss the growing problem of diabetes in the U.S. Recognize the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Identify evidence-based standards in diabetic care and treatment. Discuss the pathophysiology and diagnosis of diabetes.

List common complications associated with uncontrolled diabetes. Describe maintenance therapy for the control of diabetes.

Discuss the nursing care of a person with diabetes.

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The patient interview is the most important part of your exam. Gaining the patient’s perspective and learning more about issues important to them can guide you in developing patient-specific care plans. This course will discuss how to conduct patient-centered interviews. You will learn interviewing methods to effectively elicit the important details about a patient's reason for presenting to the clinic. Information will also be presented on how to approach a challenging patient and how to adapt for several specific patient types.

Recall four approaches to use to prepare for and begin an interview with a patient.

Explain four strategies for using patient-centered interviewing techniques.

Discuss eight important facets of a patient interview.

Recognize four types of challenging patients and techniques to use when interviewing each type.

Instructor
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

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

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The OR is a complex environment. Highly trained individuals interact in a specialized setting with sophisticated and technically complicated devices, instruments, and equipment. There also are substantial differences among team members related to education, experience, skill level, influence, and formal and informal power. This module will inform nurses and surgical technologists of the evidence-based steps to take to create a culture of safety in the OR.

Describe communication processes that relate to reducing medical errors

Discuss the components of a just culture that promote trust and accountability

Review recommendations for the safe transfer of patient care information

Discuss a 10-step process for creating a culture of safety in the OR

Name organizations that are helping to create a culture of patient safety

Instructor
Patricia Seifert, RN, MSN, CNOR, CRNFA, FAAN

Expert Reviewer
Mary E. McNaron, RN, CST, CNOR, MSN

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to equip learners with knowledge of common religions beliefs and practices, and how they may impact health and healthcare decisions. 

Describe the types of questions healthcare professionals may ask patients to gain an understanding of their religious and spiritual beliefs and how they may impact health and healthcare decisions.

Describe and differentiate healthcare considerations for patients who affiliate with various religious groups.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course is about workplace slip, trip, and falls hazards. It alerts you to the serious consequences that can result even from a simple fall or a near fall, and provides information about measures that can help you prevent these incidents and reduce potential injuries.

Identify common hazards that might lead to slips, trips, and falls.

Monitor your workplace for slip, trip, and fall hazards.

Take preventive measures to avoid injuries from slips, trips, and falls.

Instructor
Anthony A. Barone, M.P.S., M.P.H., CBCP, CEM, CHMM, NRP, PMP, and CEO, Security Consultant and Protective-Medic at EMERGILITY, LLC

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Depression and suicide are among the top public health concerns facing older adult populations. Older adults encounter changes physically, cognitively, and psychosocially that often contribute to the onset of depression. Further, older adult populations have among the highest incident rates of suicide than any other age group, which makes appropriate diagnosis and treatment of depression in this population even more critical. This course will provide an overview of some physical, cognitive, and psychosocial factors that could be contributing to depression in an older adult, as well as important information on recognizing risk factors and warning signs of depression in this population. Additionally, information related to evidence-based treatment strategies for older adult populations will be discussed along with the importance of monitoring treatment adherence.

Identify important facts that are known about older adults and behavioral health.

Discuss strategies for recognizing signs of depression in older adult populations.

Explain why older adults are more likely to die by suicide and common risk and warning signs for suicide in older adult populations.

Describe evidence-based treatment strategies for adults with depression and suicidal ideation and factors that could influence treatment adherence.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, MS

Instructor
Melissa Lewis-Stoner, MSW, LCSW-C

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

As a healthcare professional, you may find yourself in situations where issues with professional boundaries develop. Some boundary violations can be quite serious for you, your team members, your organization, and the people you provide care for. For this reason, it is important for you to be aware of these risks.

You should understand the difference between a boundary crossing and a boundary violation. You must also be able to recognize situations that may lead to a boundary crossing or violation and know how to prevent problems.

The goal of this course is to share with general staff in any setting the basics of how to maintain professional boundaries.

Describe the difference between a boundary crossing and a boundary violation.

Recognize common situations that may lead to a boundary crossing or violation.

Identify ways to prevent boundary crossings and violations.

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course, intended for nurses who frequently encounter wounds while working with a geriatric population, covers the basics of wound assessment. Included: accurately performing wound assessments, standardizing the components of wound assessment, and facilitating wound healing.

Discuss how to differentiate between arterial, pressure, venous stasis, and neuropathic ulcers.

Discuss the two layers of the skin.

List three key functions of the skin.

Describe the difference between partial-thickness and full-thickness wounds.

Describe how to measure a wound, including length, width, and depth.

Define tunneling and undermining.

Identify four criteria to include in wound assessment.

Staff Writer

Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

All persons have the right for their health information to be protected from unauthorized access. To ensure that protection, your healthcare organization is required to follow the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which limits the situations in which your employees can use and disclose protected health information (PHI). This course explains the Privacy Rule and how breaches can be prevented.

Recognize common breaches of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Illustrate ways to prevent breaches of protected health information.

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

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In today's increasingly complex healthcare system, care coordination and case management are vital for producing optimal member outcomes, decreasing care costs, and ensuring that healthcare services are utilized effectively. This course focuses on care coordination and case management within the payer setting. You will learn about the need for these services; common challenges you may encounter; and the latest goals, philosophies, and guiding principles of these functions. Also included are seven critical steps in the care coordination and case management process, along with tangible benefits and superior outcomes that these steps produce for providers, members, and payer organizations.

Define two functions of care coordination and case management in the payer setting.

Describe how effective care coordination and case management goes beyond clinical perspectives to drive more encompassing healthcare improvement.

Summarize two key benefits that care coordination and case management create for providers, members, and payer organizations.

Describe two key components involved in the care coordination and case management process.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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All health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) must have in place a system to improve patient care and outcomes, which is your center’s quality improvement (QI) program. While the primary benefit is improving patient care and outcomes, there are also financial benefits. The Department of Health and Human Services has allocated $36.3 million to fund centers that meet or exceed quality improvement measures. Although most health centers have established some QI functions, this course will enable you to take a comprehensive approach to implementing QI systems. You will learn about the essentials of QI infrastructure, systems, and programs, along with how to identify quality-related problems using proactive strategies, such as peer review and patient satisfaction surveys, as well as reactive strategies, such as patient complaint tracking systems. Also included is how to put the FOCUS-PDSA model into action.

Describe the elements of a successful quality improvement program.

Explain the 5 components of the quality improvement process.

Apply the Model for Improvement to put a quality improvement initiative into action.

Describe specific proactive and reactive quality improvement strategies for health centers.

Expert Reviewer
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP

Expert Reviewer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

Instructor
Katy Kunst, MBA

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Discussing end-of-life issues is not easy, because few of us are ready to face the difficult choices surrounding death and dying. Regardless of whether or not we acknowledge it, most of us fear death. This course will take you on the journey of facing issues surrounding death and dying. The decisions to be made are difficult for everyone involved: the dying person, their family and loved ones, and the healthcare professionals sharing the experience. Each person and family will have unique needs and cope in different ways. For many patients and their families, this can also be a time of personal growth. These events often provide people with the opportunity to find out more about themselves and appreciate what is most important to them.

Describe the communication process at the end of life.

Identify the ethical issues surrounding end-of-life decisions.

Identify the physical process of dying.

Discuss loss, grief, and bereavement.

Describe the goals of palliative care.

Describe pain and symptoms common at end of life.

Instructor
Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN

1.00

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This module provides healthcare professionals with information about evidence-based medical therapy, best practice recommendations for the treatment of heart failure, and the role of interprofessional collaboration. It will increase your knowledge about heart failure — how to both recognize and manage it.

Identify common diagnostic tests that are used in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

Describe evidence-based therapies for heart failure.

Discuss strategies for patient self-management and transition of care.

Discuss how the interprofessional team can improve outcomes for patients with acute heart failure.

Instructor
Kristine Scordo, RN, MS, PhD Acute Care NP Cert: Cardiac Rehab

Staff Writer
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND

0.25

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians working in acute care settings with knowledge of the regulations for use of restraint in hospitals, types of patient harm that can result from restraint use, potential alternatives to restraint, techniques for safe restraint application, and assessment and monitoring to prevent and recognize restraint-related harm.

Discuss criteria for the use of restraint and seclusion according to federal regulations for hospitals.

Describe potential patient harm that can result from the use of restraint and seclusion.

List at least four potential alternatives to restraint and seclusion.

Describe safe application techniques for the use of restraint.

Describe elements of assessment and monitoring for patients in restraint or seclusion.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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People experiencing situational stress and psychiatric and substance use disorders are seen increasingly in EDs, contributing to the burden on already busy departments. This course informs ED nurses about psychiatric emergencies, including the assessment and nursing interventions.

Name the signs of the most urgent psychiatric emergencies

Describe two nursing goals in managing a psychiatric emergency

Discuss best practice standards of care in psychiatric emergencies

Instructor
Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CNE

0.50

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Life-threatening dysrhythmias can occur in an inpatient setting, even more so in an intensive care unit. Changes to the electrical conduction system can cause sudden hemodynamic instability and cardiac death. Given this, critical care nurses must understand the different types of dysrhythmias, their causes, ECG characteristics, defibrillation, pacing, and nursing interventions.

Describe at least three lethal dysrhythmias commonly encountered in the critical care setting.

Identify the etiology, clinical presentation, and management of some of the lethal dysrhythmias.

Staff Writer
Zeliha Ozen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL

0.75

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

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You can better assist your patients who have asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by building care teams in primary care. Learn how to assemble these teams and utilize certain disease-specific checkpoints for improved patient outcomes and health management.

Identify best practices for building care teams for patients with asthma and/or COPD.

Define key checkpoints and follow-ups with patients.

Cite different ways to evaluate the care provided by the team.

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Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

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While the use of technology has improved the delivery and continuity of health care, it also increases the chance that unauthorized persons will be able to access individuals' protected health information (PHI). To protect electronic PHI(e-PHI), your organization and healthcare workers are required to follow the Security Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This course explains the Security Rule and how breaches can be prevented.

Recognize common breaches related to electronic PHI.

Illustrate ways to prevent breaches of the HIPAA Security Rule.

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

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Stress is part of everyone’s life. While a certain level of stress can motivate one’s productivity, too much stress can leave a person feeling drained and irritable. Stress can’t be avoided, but it’s possible to learn to respond differently to it. This course discusses assessing your own stress levels, recognizing the difference between good and bad stress, identifying stress triggers, and developing a personal stress-management plan.

Describe time management and procrastination.

Formulate successful time-management goals and strategies for change.

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Susan Fee, M.Ed., LPCC

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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.

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Justin Hess, MS

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Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

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As they age, many patients find themselves developing one or more chronic diseases, but they don’t know how to navigate this country’s fragmented and exorbitantly expensive healthcare system in order to receive appropriate care. Care coordination by the medical team—providing additional services such as education and close monitoring of the disease process—has been shown to decrease healthcare costs while improving patients’ health. Unfortunately, standardized techniques or processes for care coordination are not in place. This course for nurses discusses care coordination’s process, its various components, current efforts, ideas for improvement, and a review of practical applications for your nursing practice.

Describe care coordination and reasons why it is important for patients and providers.

Recall three strategies for care coordination.

Explain the six components of care coordination.

Discuss six steps for initiating a coordinated care effort.

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Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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

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Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

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Obesity affects the entire scope of a person‘s life, including health, social relationships, self-image, and psychological well-being. Now recognizing obesity as a chronic disease that must be managed long term, the American Medical Association has added a new sub specialty to its continuum of care: the obesity medicine physician. As the number of obese people in our society rises, the health care industry must assimilate this aspect of their treatment and care into daily practice. This module discusses the epidemic that obesity has become, reviews current treatments and care plans, and includes the psychosocial impact that being obese has upon the individual and society.

Describe six major contributing factors for obesity in adults.

Discuss patient education on the benefits and adverse effects of three prescription medications for obesity.

Explain the differences between four surgical approaches to the management of obesity.

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Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR

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This course will familiarize the learner with basic information concerning domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV). Information about IPV’s prevalence, characteristics, legal protections and risk factors will be presented. The cycle of abuse will be explained along with issues related intimate partner homicide. Screening and intervention protocols will be described along with community resources available to people experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence.

Define domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV).

Describe the extent of domestic violence in California and the United States and recognize legal protections.

Recognize characteristics of both victims and perpetrators of IPV. Identify red flags and risk factors for IPV.

Define the cycle of abuse and list reasons victims may stay in an abusive relationship.

Describe risk factors for intimate partner homicide, including guns and strangulation.

Describe screening measures used to identify persons who have experienced IPV.

List community resources available to assist victims and their families.

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Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW, ACHP-SW, CSW-G
Cynthia McDaniel, MSN, RN

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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.

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Kim Matthews, RN

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with knowledge of evidence-informed pain management practices.
 

Describe best practices for non-pharmacological and pharmacological pain management.

List at least three potential side effects of opioids and three risk factors for opioid adverse events.

Discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

Describe characteristics of an effective pain management goal. Identify important components of pain management patient discharge education.

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Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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Therapeutic communication between the nurse, patient, and family can be challenging in high-stress environments. Typically, critical care units have higher acuity levels and intense time constraints, thus hindering effective interactions. However, nurses who receive education in communication methods are more prepared to effectively communicate with their patients and families. Given this, critical care nurses must understand communication barriers, cultural influences, the importance of patient-centered communication, and strategies to increase therapeutic interactions. 

Describe three therapeutic communication techniques and strategies to address the needs of patients in the critical care setting.

Describe patient and family-centered communication, cultural differences, and communication barriers inherent to the critical care environment.

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Zeliha Ozen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL

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Throughout this course, you will gain knowledge about common challenges encountered during telehealth appointments and learn ways to overcome those challenges. You also will learn about effective techniques to communicate, interact, build rapport, and engage with your clients via telehealth. The course will also explore how to improve clinical effectiveness and client outcomes through the use of telehealth within integrated care. Information and vignettes will be blended to offer practical strategies that you can apply in your own setting to use telehealth for adults with behavioral health issues.

Identify common challenges encountered during telehealth appointments and ways to overcome them.

Select effective communication and presentation techniques for providers to build rapport and engage with clients via telehealth.

List at least three ways using telehealth within an integrated care model can improve the efficiencies and client outcomes in behavioral healthcare.

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Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

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Learn how to identify best practices for building care teams for patients with depression and anxiety, define key checkpoints and patient follow-ups, identify strategies for coordinating care with other providers, and evaluate the care provided by the team.

Identify best practices for building care teams for patients with depression and anxiety.

Define key checkpoints and follow-ups with patients.

Identify strategies for coordinating care with other providers.

Cite different ways to evaluate the care provided by the team.

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Adam Roesner, BSN

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects the confidentiality of healthcare information. Learn the basics of individual privacy rights and how HIPAA governs the disclosure of personal information.

Describe the purpose of HIPAA.

Identify when a HIPAA violation has occurred.

List three steps you can take to avoid a HIPAA violation.

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Linda Weaver, PhD, JD

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Denton C. Hartman, MS, NHA (retired)

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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.

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Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

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Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

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A critical step for service providers in receiving reimbursement is to submit treatment-planning documentation. This course reinforces what you already know about plans of care, while offering suggestions for capturing the real therapeutic relationship on paper. You will learn how to hone in on core principles for clinical documentation; take a fresh look at ways to record your client’s strengths, goals, and treatment objectives; and evaluate methods of accurately representing interventions, outcomes, and discharge plans.

Identify the preferences and needs of various stakeholders in the treatment planning process, most importantly the client.

Summarize seven core principles of effective treatment planning documentation.

Identify at least three effective ways to document client strengths and barriers to treatment during the planning process.

Describe how to develop measurable and client-focused goals and objectives for treatment planning.

Explain how to document planned interventions, desired outcomes, and treatment changes that occur based on client progress.

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Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians in hospitals with knowledge of interventions to reduce microbial resistance and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

List at least four strategies for preventing the transmission of infections in healthcare organizations.

Describe the goal and purpose of antibiotic stewardship.

Describe at least four antibiotic stewardship interventions for hospitals.

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Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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In this course, you will learn the essential telehealth components necessary to conduct a clinical assessment, risk assessment, and utilize formal assessment instruments. You will also learn what hardware and software technological resources are needed to connect with clients via telehealth.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services with information on conducting clinical assessments via telehealth.

Identify at least three essential components of the intake process and best practices, methodology, and frequency of completing risk assessments via telehealth.

Determine the benefits and limitations of using clinical assessment tools for telehealth services.

Recognize software and hardware requirements for assessing clients remotely.

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Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

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Diabetes, a very common chronic condition, can be managed by prescribing proper diet, exercise, and pharmaceutical treatments. This course discusses building care teams for these patients, teaching team members key milestones and checkpoints, ensuring medication adherence, and coordinating care with other providers as it relates to diabetes.

Implement best practices for building a care team of providers for patients with diabetes.

Teach all members of the care team the key milestones and necessary care checkpoints for patients with diabetes.

Coordinate care with other condition-relevant providers, and ensure medication adherence.

List evaluation strategies for care teams that manage diabetes.

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Adam Roesner, BSN

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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 the characteristics of junctional rhythms and the approach taken toward narrow complex tachycardia.

Identify the characteristics of junctional rhythms.

Distinguish the identifying features of junctional arrhythmias.

Describe the clinical implications of junctional rhythms.

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

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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.

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David A. Winter

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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.

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Susan Fee, M.Ed., LPCC

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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.

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Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with knowledge of the components techniques for assessing pain.

Describe important components of a pain history.

Differentiate the definitions of acute and chronic pain.

Relate descriptions of pain quality and location with anatomic origins.

Relate various pain scales and tools with the appropriate patient population and aspects of pain they are designed to assess.

Identify behavioral and physiological indicators of pain.

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Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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Antibiotic stewardship is a movement which aims to treat this powerful group of medications resourcefully, implementing antibiotic use with evidence-based practice. As part of the antibiotic stewardship movement, providers and other team members such as nurses are called upon to be stewards of antibiotics so that these medications can continue to be used to fight infections in the future. In this module, you will learn about antibiotic stewardship and apply your knowledge in several case studies. You will learn about the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how you can apply components of the program to your nursing practice.

Name three benefits of antibiotic stewardship.

State the difference between broad and narrow spectrum antibiotics.

Describe the six elements of an antibiotic stewardship program.

Recognize different team members' role in antibiotic stewardship.

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Kim Matthews, RN

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An infected mother can transmit the HIV to her baby before or during birth and through breastfeeding. Recommendations for the HIV screening of pregnant women and the management of those found HIV infected have evolved considerably since being introduced in the late 1990s. Multiple factors have combined to decrease the risk of perinatal HIV transmission in the U.S. to less than 1%. The most effective way to deter perinatal HIV infection is to prevent initial infection in women and encourage preconception and prenatal HIV counseling, testing, and treatment. This continuing education module will discuss risk factors for mother-to-child HIV transmission and clinical guideline-supported strategies for decreasing the risk.

Identify factors that increase the risk of perinatal HIV transmission

Discuss strategies to reduce mother-to-infant HIV transmission

Describe different approaches to HIV screening in women of reproductive age, pregnant women, and women in labor whose infection status is unknown

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Christine Ann Balt, DNP, FNP-BC, AACRN

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Identify checkpoints for managing and preventing the hospitalization of patients with hypertension (HTN), congestive heart failure (CHF), and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Identify best practices for building a care team of healthcare providers for patients with HTN, CHR, and CAD.

Define key check points and follow-up with patients.

Identify strategies for coordinating care with other providers.

Recognize different ways to evaluate the care provided by the care team.

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Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

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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.

 

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Johnny Lee, MS

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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.

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Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

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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.

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Ann Elsasser-Root, PT DPT

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

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The number of cases of nosocomial C. difficile and the proportion of cases with severe and fatal complications have been increasing in hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 250,000 infections requiring hospitalization per year with 14,000 deaths. Healthcare professionals play a vital role in preventing transmission of this pathogen to patients when they pay careful attention to infection-control measures and ensure that everyone in contact with infected patients follows contact (barrier) precautions. 

Explain three reasons why it is difficult to control transmission of C. difficile in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Explain at least four ways the patient-to-patient spread of C. difficile can be prevented.

Discuss the two major risk factors for infections with C. difficile.

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

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Crisis is broadly defined as an exceptional event that is disruptive and beyond a person‘s usual coping skills. The goal of crisis intervention is to return individuals or families to the optimum level of functioning they experienced before the crisis. In addition, a potential for growth exists when people develop new and effective coping skills. Nurses need to understand crises and assessment and intervention strategies because they are often the first medical personnel to spend enough time with patients to recognize the signs of crisis.

Identify types and phases of crises

Describe comorbidities and other limiting factors that affect crisis outcomes

Discuss assessment strategies and intervention techniques for crisis management

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Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CNE

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Substance use is a growing problem across populations. As a helping professional, you need a basic understanding of how substance use affects your clients. This information will help you to provide support and resources to help clients seek treatment and recovery. In this course, you will explore substance use disorders, how they develop, and their impact on individuals. The course also explains your role as a paraprofessional when working with individuals with substance use disorders. You will be provided an overview of evidence-based interventions and the types of substance use treatment programs available, when additional treatment may be necessary. Detailed examples will help you to apply this information in your own work. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals and peer support specialists in health and human service settings with information on substance use disorders and evidence-based interventions.

Explain what a substance use disorder is, how it develops, and how it impacts individuals.

Identify strategies that paraprofessionals can use when working with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders to encourage behavior change.

Describe the types of treatment that exist for people diagnosed with substance use disorders.

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Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with knowledge of risk factors and implications of central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Describe the four types of central venous catheters and their risks associated with central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Define central line-associated bloodstream infection.

Describe implications of central line-associated bloodstream infections.

List at least five risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infections.

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Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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The perioperative nurse plays a primary role in the operative process. Knowledge of procedures, appropriate patient assessment, and care management guidelines will positively impact patient outcomes. Patients consider anesthesia to be a major risk of surgery and expect perioperative team members to be their advocates by caring for their pre-, intra-, and post-operative needs and providing safe and effective care. This course discusses anesthetics and adjuvant medications used in the clinical setting, anesthesia-related complications, and the nurse’s role in management of perioperative patients.

Identify the stages and types of anesthesia, and medications commonly used in the perioperative setting.

Recognize important assessment areas for the post-anesthesia patient.

Describe complications of anesthesia and their treatments.

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Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

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Dementia gradually destroys the areas of the brain responsible for sending and receiving messages, making communication difficult. There are guidelines that you can follow to ensure effective communication with persons with dementia, even those who have severe cognitive impairments. In this course, you will learn how to understand the person with dementia by knowing them as an individual and recognizing common speech patterns, how persons with dementia use behaviors for communicating discomfort, and the communication strategies you can employ to ensure the person receives your message.

Give two examples of common communication changes people with dementia exhibit.

Describe how knowing the person with dementia as an individual, not as a disease, promotes effective communication.

Describe the techniques for communicating more effectively with people with dementia.

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Kim Matthews, RN

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 50 percent of American adults have at least one chronic condition. Today's primary care providers have the ability to better manage this population by utilizing care management. This course discusses use of the care management model in the ambulatory care setting to increase patients' access to providers and decrease hospital visits, including readmission. It also addresses the issue of some payment systems not allowing providers to profit from managing chronic conditions.

Define care management and how it relates to ambulatory care.

State ways that care management increases access to healthcare providers.

Discuss how care management decreases hospital readmissions.

Identify strategies for creating a successful care management program.

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Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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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.

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Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

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This first presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Identify the advent of cardiac catheterization.

Describe the blood circulation of the heart.

Describe the anatomy and physiology of heart structures.

Define the coronary circulation.

Describe the electrical system of the heart.

Identify the clotting cascade mechanism.

Relias Learning

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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.

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Johnny Lee, MS

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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.

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Bruce Horwitz, PhD

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Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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About 20 percent of emergency department visits are due to hand and wrist injuries. While most hand injuries are straightforward, many cause long-term complications that may profoundly alter a person‘s ability to work, create, and enjoy life to the fullest. This continuing education program, which includes the steps for preserving an amputated body part, addresses the assessment and treatment of patients with hand trauma.

List the critical information that must be gathered upon admission of the patient with hand trauma

Describe the six general categories of hand injuries

Explain the steps needed to properly preserve an amputated body part

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Stacie Hunsaker, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN

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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.

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

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 After completing this refresher course on the key action steps in CPR, you will have a grasp on the essential components of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including the initial first aid steps you can take prior to performing CPR. Through didactic, interactive exercises and vignettes, you will be able to apply this material when you need it most. This course does not replace formalized training and return demonstration that must be completed for competency according to the American Heart Association. This course should only be used as a “refresher” to remind the learner of the key action steps in CPR.

Define the importance of timeliness in performing CPR.

Describe the signs and symptoms of a person in need of CPR.

Review the correct procedure for performing CPR correctly.

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Amy M. Johnson MSN, RN, CPN

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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.

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Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC

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The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with knowledge needed to perform safe and effective handoff communication. 

Describe best practices for safe and effective handoffs.

Identify contributing factors to failed handoffs and potential consequences.

Identify critical handoff information.

Describe the I-PASS and ISBAR handoff communication processes.

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Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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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

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The persons you serve in your service setting are entitled to specific rights under the law. This course will introduce you to these basic rights. Knowing how to promote and protect your clients' rights is key to their health, safety, and well-being. It will also help you and your organization succeed and provide quality, ethical, and legally sound care. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in behavioral health settings with information about client rights.

List the legal rights that individuals are entitled to when receiving behavioral health services.

Explain three ways you can support the rights of persons receiving behavioral health services.

Instructor
Jonathan Bennett

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This nursing leadership module educates nurses about trends in the healthcare industry, discusses skills nurses can learn to influence change, and challenges every nurse to become a strong leader and a supportive team member.

Define change strategies and how resistance to change can be anticipated and managed.

Identify leadership skills that will help nurses positively influence change in healthcare organizations.

Recall characteristics of effective leaders and supportive followers.

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Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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As the population of the U.S. soars in diversity, healthcare professionals must be prepared to care for childbearing families from many cultures. All cultures and families need to be given the same respect; be assured of the highest quality of care; have their religious, ethnic, and cultural values respected and integrated into their care; and have their physical and educational needs met in a way that respects spiritual beliefs and individuality. Knowledge of cultures and the influence they have on women’s perceptions of childbirth are important for achieving positive outcomes. 

The goal of this continuing education course is to improve the ability of healthcare providers to assess and meet the sociocultural needs of childbearing families of diverse cultural and social groups.

Discuss the relationship of culture, subculture, acculturation, assimilation, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism to healthcare practice 

Recognize a variety of ethnic and cultural beliefs and practices related to childbearing and family 

Identify needs unique to culturally diverse families who adhere to traditional beliefs and practices regarding childbearing.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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Non-accredited Education

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This course explains how the coordination of benefits works when people have Medicare and certain other types of health coverage. Module 5, Coordination of Benefits, explains the rules that govern payers’ responsibilities when people have Medicare and certain other types of health and/or prescription drug coverage. This module 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. This course is designed for trainers and other information givers who are familiar with the Medicare program. It can be easily adapted for presentations to groups of beneficiaries.

Explain health and drug coverage coordination.

Determine who pays first.

Identify where to get more information.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program

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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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“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

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This second presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Delineate right heart catheterization waveforms.

Identify normal and abnormal right heart pressure values.

Identify disease processes that affect cardiac pressure values.

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Non-accredited Education

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Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, because every person is different. However, handling it the right way leads to better relationships, an improved work environment, a stronger team, and personal goal achievement. This course presents techniques essential to handling conflict in the workplace.

Identify different types of conflict. Explain how to handle conflict appropriately. Describe strategies for dealing with difficult people appropriately.

Instructor
Isla C. Miller

Expert Reviewer
Justin Hess, MS

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ANCC Accreditation

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This final presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Identify common complications that occur during a cardiac catheterization or a coronary intervention.

Delineate left heart catheterization waveforms.

Identify valvular disorders based on cardiac waveforms.

Describe how disease processes affect cardiac pressures.

Identify the need for emergency equipment readily available.

Verbalize the rationale for the use of radial versus femoral cardiac catheterizations.

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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Mammography, the most widely used screening tool for breast cancer, has certain limitations. Several imaging modalities are being developed and improved to overcome mammography’s shortcomings. This course discusses how imaging techniques can reduce breast cancer mortality when used for routine screening and diagnosis, as well as for staging breast cancer, planning treatments, and monitoring response to chemotherapy.

Explain the significance of imaging techniques in reducing breast cancer mortality

Identify the advantages and disadvantages of mammography

Compare and contrast tomographic imaging modalities used in breast cancer

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Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD

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The role of supervisor includes being a leader, a motivator, and a coach when guiding and directing others toward common goals. A supervisor’s success is enhanced with a proven set of characteristics, skills, and experiences that can help you effectively lead your organization, whether you are new to the role or have had some supervisory experience in the past. This course discusses specific skills, the qualities of good leadership, and approaches to enhance communication and time-management strategies to maximize your effectiveness as supervisor.

Describe approaches to enhance communication 

Integrate strategies to improve time management 

Identify qualities or good leaders, motivators, and coaches

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Debi Damas, RN
David Morstad, M.Ed.

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 As an employer or supervisor, you need to know what obligations the FMLA imposes on your organization when an employee requests leave from their job. This course will introduce you to key provisions of the FMLA such as which employees have rights under the FMLA and the circumstances under which they are eligible to take protected leave. Then, you’ll learn about your responsibilities both when an employee asks for leave and wants to return to work. Finally, you’ll learn how to comply with the FMLA and avoid potential pitfalls. The goal of this educational program is to provide administrators and human resource professionals with knowledge of FMLA.

Determine whether the FMLA applies to employees at your organization.

Identify FMLA qualifying events.

Comply with the FMLAs mandates regarding employee leave and reinstatement.

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Linda Karlheim, MSM, SPHR, SHRM-CP

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Listening skills are an often-undeveloped component of effective communication. Leaders and managers with strong listening skills build more productive and engaged teams and increase their own effectiveness. In this course, you will learn the consequences of not listening effectively and how adapting the techniques of active listening will benefit you. You will develop a greater understanding of why and how managers and leaders must listen actively, not passively, to build stronger teams and increase their impact. You will learn the importance of establishing common ground and practicing empathy as you apply the techniques for becoming a better listener.

Recognize that listening is a critical communication skill, and understand its value to your managerial and leadership effectiveness.

Discover the different listening styles that can either help or hinder your ability to lead and influence others.

Learn and apply best-practice techniques for improving your active listening skills.

Expert Reviewer
David A. Winter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SP

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The goal of this course is to provide healthcare employees with knowledge of fall risks and universal and targeted preventive strategies.

Identify and differentiate intrinsic and extrinsic fall risks.

Describe the three steps in the fall prevention process.

Identify and differentiate universal and targeted fall prevention interventions.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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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.

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Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

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Healthcare-associated infections are a serious issue. On any given day, approximately 1 in 31 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, and over 75,000 of these infections result in death (CDC, 2018). Astounding, isn’t it? And these numbers don’t account for infections acquired in other healthcare settings. Preventing the transmission of infections from one person to another is critical.

The goal of this course is to provide staff in all healthcare settings with the basics of infection control.

Sequence the six components in the chain of infection.

Differentiate between each of the four methods of transmission.

Apply standard and transmission-based precautions.

Expert Reviewer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC

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Non-accredited Education

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This course explains the eligibility, benefits, and administration of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Also discussed are the implications of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid and CHIP.

Describe the eligibility, benefits, and administration of Medicaid.

Define the eligibility, benefits, and administration of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Summarize the implications of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid and CHIP.

Instructor
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program

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Non-accredited Education

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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.

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ANCC Accreditation

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This third presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Delineate how radiation waves produce x-ray images.

Identify radiation safety principles for the patient and worker.

Describe how disease processes affect the risk of radiation toxicity.

Describe the different types of contrast.

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
 

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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This fourth presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Identify commonly used catheters in the cannulation of the left and right coronary arteries.

Identify coronary catheters utilized to cannulate coronary arteries by pass grafts.

Verbalize the diagnostic wires and ancillary equipment commonly utilized in a standard heart catheterization.

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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The connection between physical and behavioral health includes the impact that behavioral health disorders have on chronic health conditions. Behavioral health screening has been shown to improve the identification of disorders, facilitate referrals to needed services, and reduce adverse outcomes by helping avoid complications, achieve treatment goals more rapidly, and reduce the overall cost of care. This screening can be implemented fairly quickly in a variety of health-care settings, requiring minimal time and effort on the provider’s part. This module reviews some of the most widely used behavioral health screening tools and explores important factors for consideration when implementing them in your practice.

Identify two examples that demonstrate the impact behavioral health disorders have on chronic health conditions.

Describe three factors that are important to consider when incorporating behavioral health screening tools into integrated healthcare settings.

Identify at least three behavioral health screening tools that can be used to identify behavioral health disorders that may impact a person’s overall wellness or chronic health condition.

Instructor
Cheryl Holt, MA

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Angela Giles, DBH, LCSW

 

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ANCC Accreditation

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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

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This course equips healthcare professionals with knowledge of the unique needs of patients at the end of life and the federal and accrediting agency requirements and issues surrounding organ donation. 

Describe attributes of a “good death.”

Describe and differentiate palliative care and hospice care services.

Discuss distressing symptoms patient often face at the end of life and interventions for preventing and relieving them.

Describe the organ donation process.

Describe federal requirements for notifying an organ procurement organization of potential organ donors.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.00

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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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The goal of this course is to provide all staff with an overview of CPR.

NOTE: This course does not replace the formalized training and return demonstration that must be completed for competency according to the American Heart Association. This course should only be used as a “refresher” to remind the learner of the key action steps in CPR.

The content of this course is sourced from the American Heart Association’s CPR and ECC Guidelines unless otherwise noted. The American Heart Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.

Define the importance of timeliness in performing CPR.

Describe the signs and symptoms of a person in need of CPR.

Review the correct procedure for performing CPR.

Expert Reviewer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC

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Earthquakes and tsunamis unleash powerful forces of nature. They cause catastrophic infrastructure and property damage and can result in tremendous loss of life. This course presents some basic facts about earthquakes and tsunamis, including considerations for preparedness and protective actions.

The goal of this course is to provide all staff with a basic overview of earthquakes and tsunamis.

Explain where and how earthquakes and tsunamis occur.

Identify potential hazards before an earthquake.

Employ protective actions to enhance safety during and after an earthquake or tsunami.

Expert Reviewer
Anthony A. Barone, M.P.S., M.P.H., CBCP, CEM, CHMM, NRP, PMP, and Chief Executive Officer and Protective Paramedic at EMERGILITY, LLC.

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ANCC Accreditation

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Learn about the dangers of toxic stress for nurses and the benefits that mindfulness has to address those dangers. Practice several mindfulness techniques and discover hot to incorporate these practices into your busy day.

Understand the impact toxic stress has both on physical and mental health Experience the benefits of Mindfulness

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Non-accredited Education

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This course explains Medicare-Covered Preventive Services, and 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. It includes information on which preventive services are covered, who can receive them, when said services are covered, how much you pay, and where to get more information.

Learn which preventive services are covered.

Define who is eligible to receive them.

Describe when preventive services are covered.

Learn how much you pay.

Learn where to get more information.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) is your ability to understand, express, and manage your emotions as well as your level of insight into what the people around you are feeling. Being equipped with EQ can add to your quality of life and career success. In this course, you’ll learn about developing emotional awareness—the bedrock of emotional intelligence.

Define emotional intelligence.

Develop your EQ by becoming more aware of your emotions and those of others.

Instructor
Sheri L. Willis, M.A.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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This course will provide an overview of innovative ways that data are being applied to improve healthcare costs, quality, and outcomes. You will begin with a broad perspective of what experts are calling the “data revolution” in healthcare, or the “age of big data,” and dive into what this means from a technology perspective. Following this, you will learn how data are being applied in ways never before seen by payers and providers to drive healthcare improvement through an analytic approach.

Next, you will dig down to the micro level of healthcare data application within the payer setting. You will examine the different ways in which data are helping payers to improve overall population health, manage healthcare costs, and inform the creation of innovative pilot programs. Finally, you will learn about the application of healthcare data from the case management perspective within the payer setting. An overview will be provided about member case management selection, the intersection of healthcare data and member preference, and how data are being used to inform best practices through medical necessity criteria and clinical guidelines.

This course is intended for all case managers and care coordinators with payer organizations.

Discuss the background and implications of big data in healthcare.

Describe how data are utilized by case managers within different areas of the payer setting to improve care outcomes.

Summarize how data plays a part in the application of medical necessity criteria and evidence-based guidelines.

Explain how data has the potential to revolutionize healthcare and the challenges associated with bringing this to fruition.

Instructor
Danyell Jones

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ANCC Accreditation

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This fifth presentation in a six-part webinar series is intended to help both new and experienced staff in the cardiac catheterization lab to prepare for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination. This comprehensive program includes a review of anatomy and physiology, advanced waveform analysis, shunts and treatment modality, right- and left-heart catheterization, interventional equipment, and commonly used cardiac medications.

Identify commonly used guiding catheters in the cannulation of the left and right coronary arteries for the purpose of providing TIMI flow.

Identify ancillary coronary treatment options such as atherectomy, left ventricular support devices, intra-aortic balloon pumps, and pacemakers.

Verbalize the interventional wires and coronary balloons commonly used for support and trackability.

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

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As the number of older adults increases, especially those who are older and frailer, the incidence of elder abuse is expected to increase. Mistreatment of older adults often occurs in isolation and often remains undetected. The first step to addressing the problem is to heighten awareness of abuse of the old, in particular among those who serve them or have frequent contact with them. Throughout this course, you will learn about types of elder abuse, indicators, consequences, risk factors of abuse, and interventions. You will have the opportunity to test what you have learned in each section through brief quizzes. The course also offers typical elder abuse case scenarios drawn from actual case material from Adult Protective Services or other elder abuse program caseloads.