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A Primer on Antiretroviral Drugs to Treat HIV

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: February 2021 Reviewed: February 2021 Expiration: January 2024

Treatment for HIV/AIDS has significantly improved over the last few decades and has reduced morbidity and mortality rates in patients living with HIV/AIDS. The use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART) slows the progression of the disease by reducing the amount of HIV in the blood. Determining the most effective treatment regimen is a complex process and will require the use of several medications. The goal of this course is to provide pharmacists in acute care settings with an overview of HIV medication classes and factors influencing treatment decisions.

Discuss the different classes of antiretroviral drugs used for the treatment of HIV.

Explain the guidelines for initiation of antiretroviral therapy, its use in pre-exposure prophylaxis, and its implication for opportunistic infections.

Instructor
Robert Smith, PharmD

About Wound Care: Identification and Assessment

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: October 2012 Reviewed: December 2021 Expiration: February 2022

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

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: October 2019 Expiration: August 2022

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.

Describe the nature, scope, and severity of elder abuse.

Identify the types of abuse suffered by older adults.

Identify indicators of abuse for older adults.

Identify options for screening older adults for abuse.

Recall intervention options for victims and abusers.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Actions and Interactions of Common Medications

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: November 2021 Expiration: October 2024

Polypharmacy is a widespread problem in older adults as a direct result of chronic conditions requiring an individual to take five or more daily medications. It often leads to adverse drug events that can range from mild to severe or even death. This course discusses polypharmacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. It also discusses basic medication actions and interactions with a focus on the physiological changes and potential reactions seen in older adults. Understanding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of how medications work on and within the body is important in preventing adverse drug events from polypharmacy.

Identify three classifications of medications.

Discuss pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and their relationship to medication toxicity in older adults.

Explain why polypharmacy increases the potential for adverse drug events and who is at risk.

Staff Writer
Kathleen Koopmann, RN, BSN, PCCN

Acute Stroke: Initial Onset and the First 24 Hours

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: October 2021 Expiration: August 2024

In patients with symptoms of stroke, early recognition and intervention have been identified as critical factors in stroke outcomes. This includes an initial assessment, a thorough neurological exam, and stabilization of hemodynamic changes. In addition, distinguishing ischemic from hemorrhagic strokes requires time-sensitive assessment parameters, interventions, and diagnostic procedures. Timely diagnoses allow the healthcare team to administer the appropriate treatment options accurately and effectively.

Describe the physiologic and symptomatic differences in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Discuss assessment tools, management strategies, and complications related to acute stroke.

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

Acute Stroke: Post-Hospital Care Coordination

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: October 2021 Expiration: August 2024

In patients recovering from a stroke, post-hospital care and interventions have been identified as critical factors in favorable stroke outcomes. Improving patient care by managing stroke complications can significantly improve recovery. Given this, nurses and physicians must understand the different types of stroke complications, appropriate interventions, and identify risk factors for recurrent stroke.

Describe two interventions to decrease the reoccurrence of a secondary stroke.

Identify complications and their appropriate interventions after a stroke.

Describe two-stroke risk factors.

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

Acute Stroke: The Latest Medical Information

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: October 2021 Expiration: August 2024

In patients with symptoms of acute stroke, early recognition and interventions have been identified as critical factors in stroke outcomes. Evidence-based care can identify, manage, and prevent stroke-related complications. Nurses and physicians must understand stroke management to prevent disability and death. This course aims to present the most up-to-date practices for managing patients with acute stroke.

Discuss current diagnostic practices in patients with acute stroke.

Recall best practice protocols for early identification of acute stroke.

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

Acute Stroke: Understanding and Using the NIHSS

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.25
CME certified:

Origination: November 2021 Expiration: October 2024

The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a tool used to measure the severity of stroke symptoms and aid in identifying the location of the injury. The NIHSS has been shown to strongly predict the likelihood of a patient’s recovery after stroke. 

The goal of this course is to equip clinicians with the knowledge necessary to apply the NIHSS to patients experiencing an acute stroke.

State the primary purpose of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS).

List all NIHSS items and areas of assessment that are used to test for stroke severity.

Calculate NIHSS scores that correspond to levels of stroke severity.

Instructor
Cathryn Ayers, RN

Addressing Suicide in Adolescents and Transition Age Youth

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50
CME certified:

Origination: January 2021 Reviewed: March 2021 Expiration: November 2023

Rates of suicide among youth continue to increase, making it essential for behavioral health clinicians and other professionals working with adolescents and transition-age youth to understand the dynamics of suicide among young people. After providing a foundation on how widespread the problem is and the prevailing theories about the drivers of suicidal behaviors, this course will teach you about how to effectively screen potentially suicidal youth and ways you can intervene to lower their risk. The goal of this course is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, behavioral counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with skills for reducing suicide risk in adolescents and transition-age youth.

State 3 primary assessment strategies you can use to identify youth who are at risk for suicide.

Describe interventions that can effectively reduce the risk of suicide in adolescents and transition age youth.

Explain the primary drivers of suicide according to Joiner’s interpersonal theory and how they operate to increase risk.

Summarize the impact of risk and protective factors for adolescents and transition-age youth.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Adult Obesity in the United States: A Growing Epidemic

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: October 2019 Reviewed: April 2020 Expiration: August 2022

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.

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

Advance Care Planning Communication Skills for Success: The Five Wishes Framework

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: August 2021 Expiration: June 2024

This course provides an overview of essential skills and considerations for engaging in sensitive and effective advance care planning conversations. You will learn the most important decision domains to address as outlined in the FIVE WISHES® framework, how to demonstrate compassionate communication, and conversation skills specific to eliciting values-based end-of-life care decisions.

The goal of this course is to provide healthcare professionals in all settings with enhanced communication skills related to advance care planning.

Identify the five most important decision domains to discuss with people during advance care planning conversations as outlined in the Five Wishes conversation framework.

Define the benefits of compassionate communication and identify the skills involved.

Define and apply specific skills necessary for conducting effective and sensitive advance care planning conversations.

Identify general considerations to keep in mind when conducting advance care planning conversations.

Instructor
Kathleen Taylor, MA, LMHC

Advance Care Planning: Program Implementation with Five Wishes

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: December 2021 Expiration: October 2024

This course will help you determine the steps you need to take to build and implement an effective advance care planning program and describe how resources from the FIVE WISHES framework program can help. You will learn how to build support, determine goals and measures, and identify processes and standards to ensure your program is making a difference for your care recipients and your healthcare organization.

Describe the basic components of advance care planning and the benefits for care recipients and healthcare providers.

Define meaningful goals, measures, and processes for an advance care planning program.

Describe education and training options for training clinicians to facilitate advance care planning conversations.

Identify standards of practice for an advance care planning program.

Discuss the importance of community engagement as part of an advance care planning program.

Instructor
Kathleen Taylor

Advance Directives

Launch Course

Duration: 0.50

Origination: June 2016 Expiration: March 2022

Advance directives are legal documents with instructions that apply if an adult is not able to make decisions about their own healthcare. They are meant to ensure that a person’s values related to dying, quality of life, and other relevant considerations are honored. It’s important for everyone to have a basic understanding of what advance directives are and when they are applied so personal wishes can be observed at the end of life.

Identify the most common types of advance directives and find out if a person has made them.

Explain how advance directives can improve quality of life even at the end of life.

Anticipate cultural and other issues that can impact end of life planning.

Instructor
Kelly J. Ace, Ph.D.

Advance Directives: Conversations Matter

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: May 2019 Reviewed: June 2020 Expiration: November 2022

Despite intensive efforts to motivate patients and families to formulate advance directives (ADs), most Americans do not have them and may face a life-threatening illness without a plan to guide their relatives and healthcare providers. Experts stress the need for major changes in the approach to promoting ADs, including a focus on ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare providers. This course outlines what happens in the absence of an advance directive and identifies how to overcome barriers to implementation. As a clinician, you will learn new ways to involve patients in advance-care planning.

Identify barriers that patients, families and healthcare professionals face in implementing Advance Directives

Describe problems created by lack of an Advance Directive

Describe new ways that healthcare professionals can involve patients in advance care planning

Instructor
Maureen Habel, MA, RN  

Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD   

Shawnna Cannaday, MSN, RN, AGACNP, FNP-BC   

Theresa Pluth Yeo, RN, PhD, MSN, MPH, CRNP 

Expert Reviewer
Laur Pole, RN, MSN    

Christopher Pile, MD

Advanced Quality Improvement for Leadership

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.25

Origination: April 2019 Expiration: February 2022

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

Alcohol Pharmacotherapies and Medical Practice

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.50
CME certified:

Origination: March 2019 Expiration: January 2022

The incorporation of screening for alcohol use disorders in a general medical setting can significantly increase the number of individuals with alcohol use disorders who are identified and treated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 4 medications to treat alcohol use disorder, making treatment in primary care and other general medical settings a viable alternative to specialty care. This course will give you valuable information about these medications as well as several medications used off-label, empowering those you serve and increasing the likelihood of their recovery.

Identify the benefits of treating alcohol use disorder in a medical setting.

Discuss the importance of screenings and brief interventions to treat individuals who have alcohol use disorder and identify common tools used for screenings.

Explain the steps involved in the treatment of alcohol use disorder.

Discuss the common medications used to treat alcohol use disorder.

Instructor
Dr. Alina Vrinceaunu-Hamm, MD


Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

An Overview of Substance Use Disorders

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: October 2020 Reviewed: November 2020 Expiration: September 2026

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.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC

An Overview of the Social Determinants of Health

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: December 2021 Expiration: October 2024

There are external conditions which exist with the potential to affect a patient’s current and future health, often beyond a patient’s direct control. These conditions, referred to as social determinants of health, encompass where a patient lives and works, socioeconomic policies, systems, and norms, and more. These factors and many other contribute to health inequity and inequalities at local, state, national, and international levels. The social determinants of health impact the daily delivery, accessibility, and engagement of health improvement efforts. The conceptual framework behind social determinants of health, current inequalities and inequities in healthcare are important for clinicians to consider when while caring for patients and improving  the health of individuals and communities.   Clinicians must explore how to increase awareness and interest in the determinants, as well as ways to engage patients, stakeholders, and other clinicians in addressing social determinants of health.

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

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

Recall the five domains of social determinants of health.

Instructor
Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN

Anesthesia in the Perioperative and Postoperative Settings

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 2.00

Origination: March 2021 Expiration: February 2024

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.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

Application of HIPAA in Behavioral Health

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.75
CME certified:

Origination: October 2021 Expiration: August 2024

HIPAA rules underlie every service related to behavioral health, and they change to meet evolving trends. There are potentially catastrophic organizational and individual consequences if the current HIPAA rules are not followed. This course will help you to identify potential legal and ethical issues related to HIPAA, improve your compliance approach, and develop more effective risk management strategies.

The goal of this course is to assist alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, and nurses in health and human services settings in understanding and applying current HIPAA regulations.

Indicate the purpose of HIPAA and how it applies to behavioral healthcare providers.

Recall at least three ways that the Privacy Rule impacts the day-to-day responsibilities of behavioral health providers.

Identify at least three steps that behavioral health providers need to take to ensure compliance with the Security Rule.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP

Approaches to Community-Based Suicide Prevention

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 2.00
CME certified:

Origination: August 2020 Expiration: June 2023

This course focuses specifically on early interventions that are designed to reduce suicide risk. You will learn how these early interventions impact suicide risk. You will also learn of examples and the role that programs highlighting connectedness, life skills, and resilience play in preventing suicide. The goal of this course is to provide social work, psychology, nursing, alcohol and drug counseling, marriage and family therapy, and counseling professionals in health and human services with information about community-based, upstream suicide prevention approaches. 

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

Summarize the impact of connectedness as an upstream suicide prevention approach.

Describe how fostering life skills and resilience can help to prevent suicide.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA

Assessing and Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.75
CME certified:

Origination: August 2021 Expiration: June 2024

This course provides an overview of how anxiety impacts children and adolescents. You will learn about the specific types of anxiety disorders and the multiple pathways by which anxiety can develop. As you progress through this course, you will learn assessment strategies and evidence-based interventions that you can implement to identify and treat these disorders in children and adolescents.

Identify three common symptoms of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Describe three of the possible origins of anxiety based on the research accumulated to date.

List assessment tools and practices to use when evaluating anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents.

Identify three evidence-based interventions for treating problematic anxiety in children and adolescents.

Instructor
Bridgett Ross, PsyD


Staff Writer
Pamela Green, LCSW RPT

Assessment and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.25
CME certified:

Origination: January 2021 Expiration: November 2023

Opioids are used to treat severe pain but also include serious risks if the medication is misused. The misuse of prescribed and illicit opioids contributes to rising numbers of opioid overdose deaths. This course will provide you with an overview of opioid use disorder, detailed information to gather during a comprehensive assessment, and treatment options to implement with clients diagnosed with opioid use disorder. 

List the primary symptoms of opioid use disorder and how they impact domains of functioning.

Summarize the primary biological and psychosocial factors involved in the etiology of opioid use disorder.

Identify information to include in an assessment for opioid use disorder.

Explain treatment options for opioid use disorder.

Instructor
Delia L. Lofton, MS, RT-R, CNMT

Atrial Rhythms

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: July 2018 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

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 to understand the characteristics of atrial arrhythmias and ectopics, as well as their associated clinical implications.

Identify the characteristics of atrial rhythms.

Distinguish the identifying features of atrial arrhythmias.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

Basic Supervisory Skills

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: June 2016 Expiration: April 2022

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

Instructor
Debi Damas, RN
David Morstad, M.Ed.

Best Practices for Interviewing the Patient

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: November 2019 Expiration: September 2022

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.

Best Practices in Suicide Screening and Assessment

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 2.00
CME certified:

Origination: August 2020 Expiration: June 2023

This course will provide you with information about the numerous risk and protective factors of suicide. You will learn effective screening approaches you can use to identify elevated risk. You will also learn how to follow a positive screening with an in-depth clinical assessment, including several different models you can use to guide your assessment. The goal of this course is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services with skills to identify individuals at increased risk of suicide.

Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.

Explain how to effectively screen to identify individuals at risk of suicide.

Summarize the major components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Biopsychosocial Model of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: April 2021 Expiration: February 2024

The biopsychosocial model takes a more holistic perspective, emphasizing biological, sociocultural, and psychological factors that relate to the risk of these disorders. This course will present an overview of this model’s primary assumptions, how it differs from other perspectives on substance-related and addictive behaviors, and how it can inform your approach to treatment. The goal of this course is to provide social workers, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and nurses in health and human services with information on how the biopsychosocial model is used in treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders.

Explain how substance-related and addictive disorders develop according to the primary assumptions of the biopsychosocial model.

State how the biopsychosocial model differs from other perspectives on substance-related and addictive disorders, such as the biomedical/ disease model.

Describe how the biopsychosocial model impacts treatment approaches for substance-related and addictive disorders.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

Building a Multicultural Care Environment

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.75
CME certified:

Origination: December 2019 Expiration: October 2022

This course examines the factors that may contribute to the underutilization of healthcare services, as well as ways to improve cultural understanding and competency in healthcare treatment. More specifically, this course covers the significance of cultural diversity, demographics, as well as individual and cultural diversity factors. The information in this training proposes some helpful conceptual frameworks for embracing cultural considerations in healthcare.

Explain how cultural differences can contribute to healthcare disparities.

Describe identities, affiliations, beliefs, and aspects of individual or group diversity that may contribute to the cultural identity of the person served.

Explain how cultural humility and improved cultural competency can positively affect healthcare services.

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Building Care Teams and Establishing Checkpoints: Asthma and COPD

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.75

Origination: June 2017 Reviewed: June 2017 Expiration: May 2023

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.

Instructor

Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Building Care Teams and Establishing Checkpoints: Depression/Anxiety

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.75

Origination: June 2017 Reviewed: June 2017 Expiration: May 2023

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.

Instructor

Adam Roesner, BSN

Building Care Teams and Establishing Checkpoints: Diabetes

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.75

Origination: June 2017 Reviewed: June 2017 Expiration: April 2023

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.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Building Care Teams and Establishing Checkpoints: Hypertension, Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.50

Origination: June 2017 Reviewed: June 2017 Expiration: April 2023

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.

Instructor
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Bulimia Nervosa: Management of a Serious Eating Disorder

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: December 2020 Reviewed: January 2021 Expiration: November 2023

 The goal of this course is to provide knowledge about the clinical aspects of managing patients with BN.

Identify physical and emotional signs and symptoms of eating disorders, specifically bulimia nervosa.

Discuss the complications of bulimia nervosa.

Describe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management strategies for patients with bulimia nervosa.

Instructor
Shana Jiang, PharmD, BCPS

Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN

Buprenorphine

Launch Course

Duration: 0.50

Origination: February 2021 Reviewed: March 2021 Expiration: January 2024

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

C. Difficile Threatens Hospitalized Patients

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: May 2019 Reviewed: December 2021 Expiration: January 2022

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.

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

Cardiac Catheterization: Complications and Common Mistakes

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.25

Origination: May 2015 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

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

Cardiac Catheterization: Equipment for Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.25

Origination: May 2015 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

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

Cardiac Catheterization: Equipment for Interventional Catheterization

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.25

Origination: May 2015 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

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

Cardiovascular Pharmacological Agents

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: November 2021 Expiration: October 2024

This course provides an overview of the autonomic nervous system and its functions, with a focus on the cardiac effects of certain therapeutic agents.

Recognize the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Indicate the differences in receptors and their functions when attached to an agonist or antagonist.

Identify cardiac electrophysiology and general classes for the treatment of arrhythmias.

Instructor
Robert Smith, PharmD

Staff Writer
Kimberly Workman, MA

 

Care Coordination in Healthcare: Principles and Best Practices

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.25

Origination: December 2019 Expiration: October 2022

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.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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

Expert Reviewer
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

Care for Individuals with End-Stage Neurological Diseases

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: January 2021 Reviewed: February 2021 Expiration: November 2023

This course provides detailed information about the pathophysiology, disease trajectory, and unique symptoms experienced by patients with advanced neurological diseases. Learners will identify the clinical features of advanced Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington’s disease as well as best practices for symptom management. In addition, the key clinical indicators and symptoms that should serve as triggers to optimally transition a patient with advanced neurological diseases to palliative and hospice care are presented. The unique disease-related stressors for family caregivers are discussed. The goal of this course is to provide nurses in hospice with knowledge of caring for people with end-stage neurological diseases.

Identify specific patterns of progression for three neurological disorders.

Identify five complications related to neurological disorders, including disease-related stressors for family caregivers.

Describe interventions related to end-stage neurological diseases.

Identify triggers to optimally transition a patient with advanced neurological disease to palliative care and hospice.

Instructor
Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN

Care Management to Increase Access and Decrease Readmissions

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: July 2017 Reviewed: July 2017 Expiration: March 2022

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.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

Care Plans and RAI Framework

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: August 2020 Expiration: June 2023

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

Caring for Women Experiencing Hysterectomy

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: May 2019 Reviewed: February 2021 Expiration: February 2024

This course explains the indications for hysterectomy, a commonly performed surgical procedure. You will learn the different approaches and the areas of special learning needs for women experiencing this procedure. Also covered is post-operative nursing care for women who undergo a hysterectomy, whether that care takes place in a surgery center, a hospital, or at home.

List three indications for a hysterectomy

Identify three areas of special learning needs for women experiencing a hysterectomy

Outline the nursing care in the surgery center or hospital and at home for women who undergo a hysterectomy

Instructor
Kathleen Cross, MSN, RNC-OB, LCCE

Chronic Medical Conditions and Pregnancy

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.25
CME certified:

Origination: April 2020 Expiration: February 2023

The U.S. is one of just eight countries to see a rise in maternal mortality during the past decade, with a ranking of 60 out of 180 countries for maternal deaths. High-risk pregnancies with mothers who are surviving childhood conditions into adulthood are among the reasons for the high rate; however, a large proportion of maternal deaths are still considered preventable, indicating that further improvement is possible. This course provides comprehensive knowledge about medical conditions the pregnant woman might face and how access to other disciplines such as cardiology, dermatology and rheumatology may improve the health and outcomes for the mother and fetus.

Discuss current medical management and nursing implications of heart disease in pregnancy

Explain the criteria for using insulin to manage diabetes during pregnancy

Describe two potential complications that may occur in a pregnant woman with congenital heart disease

Compare the effects of pregnancy-induced hypertension and diabetic nephropathy on the management of pregnancy, labor and delivery

Recognize the assessment findings in a patient with sickle-cell disease complicating pregnancy

Describe at least one way in which thyroid disease complicates pregnancy

Explain how autoimmune disorders complicate pregnancy

Identify three goals of the antepartum management of clients with chronic medical conditions

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Steve Jenkins, PhD
David Patzer, MD
 

Clinical Management of Category II Fetal Heart Tracing

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 0.75
CME certified:

Origination: August 2021 Expiration: December 2024

Three different obstetrical scenarios, complicated by a Category II Fetal Heart Rate pattern, are presented to illustrate the importance of clinical context when formulating management plans. Emphasis, characteristics, and potential etiologies of Category II fetal heart rate tracings are reviewed. Management of the patient with a Category II fetal heart rate pattern is discussed, with special emphasis on the importance of the clinical context and fetal heart rate pattern evolution.

Describe characteristics of Category II FHR tracings.

Identify common etiologies for Category II FHR tracings during labor.

Examine clinical interventions for Category II FHR tracings.

Review the etiology-based management of Category II FHR tracings.

Expert Reviewer
William Cusick, MD, MFM, FACOG
Dr. Patricia Hensley, DNP, MHA, BSN, RNC-OB
Catherine McGovern, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM, IBCLC, RN

Clinical Management of Category III Fetal Heart Rate Tracings

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 0.25
CME certified:

Origination: August 2021 Expiration: December 2024

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) workgroup standard for fetal heart rate monitoring assessment and categorization, first proposed in 1997 and subsequently updated in 2008 was meant to promote commonality of FHR tracing nomenclature and interpretation. Based on these recommendations, a three-tiered categorization pattern based on the visual assessment of the fetal heart rate pattern was adopted. This module aims to review and apply essential FHR content in several clinical scenarios to highlight an important Clinical Pearl: The Category III tracing is a rare intrapartum FHR pattern that is highly associated with fetal acidemia and adverse neonatal outcomes.

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

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

Recognize the fetal heart rate characteristics that define a Category III pattern.

Review the diagnostic imprecision and clinical significance of minimal fetal heart rate variability.

Expert Reviewer
William Cusick, MD, MFM, FACOG
Dr. Patricia Hensley, DNP, MHA, BSN, RNC-OB
Catherine McGovern, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM, IBCLC, RN

Clinical Management of Gestational Diabetes

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: December 2021 Expiration: October 2024

The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide. However, if the condition is well managed, it can result in a healthy pregnancy. Maternal child health professionals must understand the condition, risk factors, and how to treat it.

Identify the pathophysiology of and risk factors for developing gestational diabetes mellitus.

Identify lab tests and values that guide the diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus.

Discuss monitoring and treatment of patients with gestational diabetes mellitus.

Instructor
Lauren Manaker, MS, RD, LD, CLEC

Staff Writer
Kimberly Workman, MA

 

Clinical Management of Uterine Atony

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 0.50
CME certified:

Origination: September 2021 Expiration: December 2024

A case of obstetrical hemorrhage due to uterine atony, requiring medical and surgical interventions and blood component replacement therapy is presented. Emphasis: A review of obstetrical hemorrhage, etiologies, and treatments is provided. The importance of early recognition and response to excessive blood loss is stressed. Medical and surgical interventions for uterine atony are reviewed. Current recommendations for blood component replacement therapy for massive hemorrhage are discussed.

List common risk factors for OH.

Review medical treatments for uterine atony.

Identify pre-surgical and surgical treatments for uterine atony.

Describe blood component therapy for massive hemorrhage.

Expert Reviewer
William Cusick, MD, MFM, FACOG
Dr. Patricia Hensley, DNP, MHA, BSN, RNC-OB
Susan Hale, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM

CMS Training - Coordination of Benefits

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 2.00

Origination: May 2017 Reviewed: March 2020 Expiration: February 2022

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.

Instructor
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program

CMS Training - Medicaid and CHIP

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 2.50

Origination: May 2017 Reviewed: March 2020 Expiration: February 2022

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

CMS Training - Medicare Preventive Services

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 2.00

Origination: May 2017 Reviewed: March 2020 Expiration: February 2022

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

CMS Training - Medigap

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 2.00

Origination: May 2017 Reviewed: February 2020 Expiration: January 2022

This course on CMS Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) explains how Medigap policies work with Medicare, what Medigap policies cover, how Medigap policies are structured, and when to buy a policy. Included are definitions of key terms, an explanation of guaranteed issue rights, and where to get information on Medigap rights and protections.

Describe what Medigap policies are.

Define key Medigap terms.

List the steps in buying a Medigap policy.

Identify the best time to buy a Medigap policy.

Explain guaranteed issue rights.

Outline where to get information on Medigap rights and protections.

Relias Learning

Communication and People with Dementia

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: June 2021 Expiration: April 2024

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.

Instructor
Kim Matthews, RN

Conducting Clinical Assessment via Telehealth

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: August 2021 Expiration: June 2024

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.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

Conflict Resolution

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.50

Origination: September 2012 Reviewed: May 2018 Expiration: March 2024

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

Controlled Substances: Drug Diversion, SUD, and Pain Management

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: December 2021 Expiration: October 2024

Recognizing, understanding, and addressing patient behaviors, as well as the rationales behind these behaviors, is critical to successfully manage patients and protect practitioners and their practices. This course will review three major areas complicating patient care: Drug diversion, SUD, and pain management considerations in patients with SUD.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses, social workers, counselors, and physicians in both acute and post-acute care with how to prevent, identify, and manage substance abuse among residents and/or patients.

Define drug diversion and identify various classifications of medications that are diverted or abused.

Recognize rationales for prescription drug diversion.

Recognize and prevent drug diversion behaviors and activities.

Identify tools to detect and deter drug diversion. Define key terms necessary to understand SUD.

Name common controlled and noncontrolled medications that are abused.

Describe screening and assessment tools helpful in identifying SUD.

Describe the nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatments of SUD.

Define specific types of pain.

Identify options for pain management using the most recent CDC guidelines.

Instructor
Doug Raiff, PharmD, BCPS

Johnny J. Bethea, II, BSPharm

Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: January 2017 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

Establishing an effective corporate compliance program minimizes the risks and effects of misconduct by helping ensure that everyone adheres to policies and standards. This course covers fraudulent and ethical conduct, laws pertaining to fraudulent conduct, and your responsibility for preventing and identifying this conduct under a corporate compliance program.

Describe the requirements of the False Claims Act and Deficit Reduction Act.

Recognize fraudulent and otherwise improper conduct.

Describe common high-risk areas for fraudulent conduct.

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

CPR Refresher

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: June 2016 Expiration: July 2021

 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.

Instructor
Amy M. Johnson MSN, RN, CPN

Creating a Culture of Safety and Reducing Medical Errors in the OR

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: May 2019 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: January 2022

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

Crisis Intervention

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: August 2020 Reviewed: February 2021 Expiration: January 2024

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

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

Critical Care Series: Life-Threatening Dysrhythmias

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 0.50

Origination: July 2021 Expiration: June 2024

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

Critical Care Series: Patient and Family Communication and Support

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 0.75

Origination: July 2021 Expiration: June 2024

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.

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

Cultural Competence

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education
Duration: 0.50

Origination: September 2003 Reviewed: May 2016 Expiration: December 2024

This introductory overview of cultural diversity will help enable you to interact with others of diverse cultures and effectively perform your job responsibilities.

Explain the importance of understanding a person's culture when providing services.

Examine common issues in cultural diversity.

Identify appropriate responses to cultures that differ from your own.

Benjamin Reese, Jr., Psy.D.

Cultural Competence for Today's Clinicians‚ Part 2: Culture and Mental Health

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: May 2019 Expiration: December 2022

This course will examine the reasons for healthcare disparities among ethnic and racial minorities, the ways in which both the cultural backgrounds of patients and their clinicians can negatively impact patients’ mental health outcomes, and what kinds of actions clinicians can take to provide more effective care to patients of diverse cultures. The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize nurses, physician, and social workers with the issues in and strategies for providing effective care to mental health patients of diverse cultures.

Distinguish between some of the different assumptions and values that mental health providers and clients hold, which influence their approaches to mental health.

Select assessment and intervention strategies that promote culturally competent care.

Explain why patients of diverse cultures with mental health needs are encountering disparities.

Distinguish between some of the different assumptions and values that mental health providers and patients hold, which influence their approaches to mental health.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Cultural Competence for Today's Healthcare Professionals, Part 1: Culture and Women's Health

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: May 2019 Expiration: April 2022

The Joint Commission's standards for culturally competent patient-centered care went into effect for hospitals in January 2011, and began affecting accreditation decisions in 2012. In today‘s multicultural healthcare environment, caregivers cannot make assumptions about patients‘ behaviors based on their own cultural backgrounds. This continuing education module helps healthcare professionals understand the impact of culture on women‘s health beliefs and practices, and their responses to current approaches to care.

Describe cultural influences on women’s health beliefs and practices

Discuss how to work appropriately within the framework of cultural beliefs that may impact acceptance of or adherence to common preventive care recommendations

Develop culturally sensitive patient education and care

Instructor
Kirtley Ceballos, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCNS-BC
Laura McKay, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC
 

Cultural Competence for Today's Healthcare Professionals, Part 3: The Cultural Factor in Pain Management

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: May 2019 Expiration: February 2022

Individual social, spiritual and physiological factors seem to influence the experience of pain. People experience pain differently even within the same cultural group by having more or less of a modulating substance, such as endorphins, within their physiological system. This could explain why the response to pain differs not only among people from different backgrounds but among those from the same ethnic group. There is also evidence that primary care providers underestimate pain severity in their minority patients. This continuing education module helps healthcare professionals become familiar with cultural differences associated with pain perceptions and pain management.

Describe how culture can influence a patient’s perception and expression of pain

Determine how cultural background affects a healthcare professional’s response to and management of pain

Relate strategies for reducing unintentional bias in pain assessment and promoting management decisions to respond to a patient’s pain in a culturally sensitive manner

Instructor
Claudia M Campbell, PhD Psychology

Cultural Perspectives in Childbearing

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: March 2020 Expiration: February 2023

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

Cultural Responsiveness in Clinical Practice

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.50
CME certified:

Origination: December 2019 Expiration: October 2022

This training introduces you to several models to enhance your communication with individuals from a range of diverse backgrounds. You will also learn about cultural barriers to treatment, several health belief systems, and factors to consider in a culturally responsive assessment. It is worth noting that culture is always at play, regardless of the healthcare provider’s capacity to recognize and/or respond to it appropriately.

Summarize how to use three culturally competent assessment frameworks to enhance communication and engagement.

Explain at least two approaches you can use to improve the cultural sensitivity of your assessment process.

State options for helping individuals of culturally diverse groups overcome barriers to treatment.

Describe the four major health belief systems.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

Cyber Security Awareness Training

Launch Course

Duration: 1.00

Origination: May 2021 Expiration: May 2027

Employee Cyber Security Awareness Training is more important now than it has ever been. Data breaches and hacking may sound unlikely, but cyber-attacks occur daily. In many cases, businesses are unprepared, because management does not understand the risk. Many companies believe they will not be the target of an attack. The truth is that all companies must prepare for a cyber-attack by having an individual or team in place to protect from such an attack.

Provide an overview of the risk associated with cybercrime.

Understand risk of computer malware and how to protect your organization.

Understand cyber threats and ways to protect against these crimes.

Understand social engineering methods and day-to-day security practices.

Understand how passwords may be exploited and how to maximize password security.

Learn how to recognize the threat of social engineering.

Understand how to safely handle email phishing scams.

Learn how to recognize computer viruses, spyware, keyloggers, and other malicious code.

Expert Reviewer
Michael Levin

Data-based and Analytical Decision Making in Case Management

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: July 2016 Reviewed: January 2022 Expiration: March 2022

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

Decreasing Medical and Treatment Errors in Behavioral Health

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.00
CME certified:

Origination: October 2021 Expiration: August 2024

The goal of this course is to provide education to entry-level professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists, nurses, and social workers working in the health and human services field about types, prevalence, causes, and consequences of medical and treatment errors in the behavioral health setting, as well as how to address them and reduce risk of future errors.

Discuss types and prevalence of medical and treatment errors in behavioral health.

Describe causes and consequences of medical and treatment errors.

Identify strategies to address an error and reduce the risk of future errors.

Staff Writer
Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Instructor
Cecelia Garritt, RN, BAS, BSN, MPH

 

 

Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Treatment

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.25
CME certified:

Origination: May 2019 Expiration: July 2022

Suicide is the 17th leading cause of death worldwide and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Early detection, assessment, and effective intervention are vital in caring for patients with medical illnesses who may also be suffering from depression. Patients with medical illness are at risk for depression, and depression may be complicating treatment and the ability to recuperate effectively. Underdiagnosed and undertreated depression may be taking an enormous toll on the resources of both the patient and the family. This course will teach healthcare professionals what makes a patient vulnerable to suicide, recognize and treat depression, and components of treatment plan.

Describe the association between chronic medical conditions and the risk of depression and suicide.

List three factors that make patients vulnerable to suicide.

Differentiate among suicide attempts, gestures, threats, and ideation.

Distinguish between mood and affect as they relate to the assessment for depression.

List two core symptoms of major depression.

Identify the difference between mood changes due to grief and those due to depression.

Describe the clinician’s role in supporting patients with depression.

Describe the ability of healthcare professionals to recognize and treat depression.

Explain the function of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression.

Identify one method healthcare professionals may use to examine personal attitudes about the stigma of depression and suicide.

Describe two patient self-care treatment plan components.

Identify two family education and support needs regarding depression.

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

Diabetes Management: A Payer's Perspective

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.50

Origination: June 2021 Expiration: April 2024

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

The goal of this course is to provide case/care management, nursing, and social work professionals with information about diabetes management.

Identify challenges to the successful and cost-effective management of diabetes for patients and providers.

Differentiate the components of a diabetes action plan and the information it provides.

Select ways healthcare professionals can help patients become more comfortable with and adept at self-management of diabetes.

Instructor
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

Diabetes: The Basics

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation
Duration: 1.00

Origination: March 2019 Expiration: January 2022

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.

Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety Disorders

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 1.25
CME certified:

Origination: April 2020 Expiration: February 2023

Anxiety disorders, the most common psychiatric illnesses, affect millions of American adults, filling their lives with overwhelming anxiety, fear, and uncertainty out of proportion to any actual danger. These symptoms often persist for significant periods of time, and if not treated, can grow progressively worse. Anxiety disorders frequently occur in conjunction with other psychiatric or physical illnesses, making symptoms even worse. This course provides an overview of signs and symptoms as well as the most effective psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments available. New and improved therapies can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. This course will help you recognize anxiety disorders in those you serve and implement the most appropriate form of treatment.

Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders.

List three common psychopharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders.

Explain three of the psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Diagnosing and Treating Personality Disorders

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Duration: 2.00
CME certified:

Origination: October 2020 Reviewed: November 2020 Expiration: August 2023

As a behavioral health professional, you know how challenging it can be to understand the complexities of diagnosing and treating personality disorders. Drawing upon guidelines from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and current empirical literature, this course offers you a comprehensive look at the etio