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1.00

Launch Course

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Writing incident reports is an important part of providing direct support services. Your reports help the person's support team respond effectively to their needs and keep them safe in the future. 

The goal of this course is to teach DSPs in IDD settings the key elements of an incident report, why they are important, and how to write them effectively.

Recall the purpose and key elements of an incident report.

Identify strategies used to document and report incidents effectively.

Differentiate between effective and ineffective incident reports.

Subject Matter Expert
Jessica Gramp, BS, QIDP

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

There are many reasons that it can be difficult working with certain people. There may be communication breakdowns, personality clashes, or conflicting work habits. You may not like everyone you work with, but you do have to respect everyone. By learning ways to reduce conflicts, you’ll likely become more respected, too. In this course, you’ll learn strategies to calmly address misunderstandings before they become actual conflicts. Professional relationships can improve when you know how to deal with differences, communicate clearly, and listen respectfully.

Apply appropriate interventions to help manage high-risk or crucial situations that can lead to difficulties in communication and workflow with coworkers.

Writer
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Healthcare professionals are often unprepared to respond to requests for physician-assisted death. With the increase in end-of-life discussions and more arguments for legalizing physician-assisted dying, healthcare professionals need to understand the reasons patients may initiate such a request. Healthcare professionals need to appropriately respond to these requests. This course discusses physician-assisted death and the related concepts. It also discusses ethical and legal concerns related to physician-assisted death. Without the knowledge and understanding of physician-assisted death, healthcare professionals may not respond appropriately to these requests from patients.

 

Define physician-assisted death and the related concepts.

Identify ethical and legal concerns related to physician-assisted death.

Describe appropriate responses to requests for physician-assisted death.

Instructor
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: 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.

Describe the laws regarding sexual harassment and the investigation process of a sexual harassment claim. Explain the differences between the types of sexual harassment. Identify both employee and non-employee rights regarding sexual harassment. Recognize your role in preventing, recognizing, investigating, and taking corrective action concerning sexual harassment in the workplace.

Expert Reviewer
Linda M. Wantuch, MSM, SPHR, SHRM-CP

 

Writer
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

 

 

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Substance use is linked to millions of deaths worldwide each year (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.

 

 

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

Recognize the eight dimensions of wellness.

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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The state of healthcare in the U.S. is poor when compared to other developed countries and the need to balance cost and quality has become apparent (The Commonwealth Fund, 2019). Utilization management helps ensure the most optimal care is being provided and waste of resources or services is reduced when possible. Clinicians in utilization management perform a variety of functions to help achieve a balance between quality and cost of care. Utilization reviews are one method to reveal areas where cost or quality can be improved and can serve as a basis for quality improvement initiatives in all healthcare settings. Thus, the importance of utilization management will continue to grow as regulatory bodies and healthcare professionals strive to improve the state of U.S. healthcare.

Describe the role of utilization management in balancing cost-effective and high-quality services.

Summarize the appeals and review process.

Instructor
Cathryn Ayers, RN

Expert Reviewer
Barbara A Fuchs, RN, MS, CPHQ, FNAHQ, FACEHP

 

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

List the eight components necessary for endoscopic surgical procedures Describe the endoscopic functions of robotic-assisted technology Discuss how healthcare professionals interact with robotic-assisted technology.

Instructors


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

Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Resuscitation of children and adults differs in a number of ways, including the appropriate time to activate the emergency response system, initiate rescue breathing, and use defibrillation. Children who collapse suddenly are likely experiencing ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (PVT), which requires immediate CPR. The ability to use a defibrillator safely and effectively on a pediatric patient experiencing cardiac arrest is essential to providing quality care.

Describe the importance of early and rapid defibrillation for shockable rhythms in the pediatric population. Recall the appropriate pediatric defibrillation shock dose and regimens, and at least two safety concerns regarding the use of AEDs in the pediatric population. Explain the importance of the interprofessional team approach when performing pediatric defibrillation.

Subject Matter Expert
Stephanie Whitfield, MSN, RN, CPN

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

As a healthcare worker, you are in regular contact with residents, visitors, and coworkers. When harassment or bullying occurs in the workplace, the impact on staff and visitors creates a troubled workplace. Facility operations are also disrupted with long-reaching effects. Workplace violence refers clearly to threats or actual use of physical force against a person in the workplace. In recent years, more healthcare workers have assumed a greater risk of exposure to workplace violence. In this course, you will learn how to spot, prevent, and respond to workplace violence. 

Define workplace violence.

Identify steps to survive a hostile encounter.

Determine when and how to report workplace violence.

Instructor
Johnny Lee, MS

Staff Writer
Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

 

Identify the two major types of human trafficking.

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

Discuss federal laws regarding human trafficking.

Describe at least three barriers to identifying human trafficking.

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

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

Expert Reviewer
Catie Hart

1.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course provides information about the dynamics of intimate partner violence, or IPV, risk factors, safety concerns, screening measures, and how staff can be the most helpful in these situations.

The goal of this course is to help administrative staff, general staff, and direct care staff in all healthcare settings gain a basic understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence.

Define domestic and intimate partner violence.

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

Identify at least two screening measures used to identify persons who have experienced IPV.

Subject Matter Expert
Pamela Green, LCSW RPT

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course will focus on the biological and psychosocial factors that are unique to adolescents and that impact their vulnerability to the negative effects of opioid use. You will increase your understanding of the scope of opioid use disorders among adolescents and young adults and improve your ability to effectively identify and treat problematic, nonmedical use of prescription and other opioids. 

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services with information on the development, prevalence, and treatment of opioid use disorders in adolescent and young adult populations.

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex condition that may have short- or long-term effects on a patient. Often difficult to treat, TBIs have a wide array of associated symptoms and disabilities, all of which may have a significant impact on the lives of patients and their families. In 2017, there were approximately 224,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. related to TBIs, mostly older adults over 75 years (CDC, 2021b). Nurses who care for patients experiencing a TBI should be ready to rapidly assess the patient so that they can be treated in a timely manner.

Discuss the pathophysiology of a TBI and review the principles of nursing care activities for patients with a TBI.

Identify surgical, medical, and emergency interventions for patients with a TBI.

Identify and plan for the educational needs of individuals with a TBI.

Staff Writer
Alia Lutz, BSN, RN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Thoracentesis is an invasive procedure that requires knowledge from multiple healthcare professionals. A thorough understanding of the physiological and procedural principles surrounding thoracentesis allows proper patient management throughout all stages of the procedure. This results in improved patient outcomes and satisfaction. This course will explore the lung anatomy, pathophysiology, and conditions requiring thoracentesis. In addition, the course will discuss key healthcare team interventions and potential thoracentesis complications.

                                                         

The goal of this course is to educate providers and nurses in the acute care setting on basic thoracentesis principles. 

Identify the anatomy and pathophysiology of the respiratory system. Describe pleural effusion, thoracentesis, indications, and relative contraindications. Recall elements of a thoracentesis procedure, important patient interventions, and post-procedure complications.

Subject Matter Expert
Zeliha Ozen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Telehealth offers numerous benefits and poses several challenges when used to treat behavioral health conditions. Many challenges can be addressed through specific problem-solving and communication strategies.


This course provides an overview of telehealth as well as a discussion of both benefits and challenges. You will learn the regulatory issues you should consider when preparing and implementing a telehealth practice. Lastly, this course highlights important strategies to develop rapport and promote engagement when treating clients via telehealth.

Describe telehealth, including the benefits and challenges for service delivery using different formats.

Identify three ways to address challenges and optimize service delivery via telehealth.

Explain at least three standards providers must follow to deliver telehealth services in compliance with federal and state regulations.

Subject Matter Expert
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Within any healthcare organization, there are systems, policies, and procedures that can be improved or events that could have been prevented. A root cause analysis is a tool that helps healthcare organizations improve their systems by using a team process of discovery. When you understand how to use a root cause analysis, you can apply it to create better solutions, prevent adverse events, and create more effective and efficient systems. This course discusses what a root cause analysis is and how to use it.

Describe how a root cause analysis can be used proactively and reactively.

Subject Matter Expert
Annette Brownlee BSN, RN

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course will give a high-level overview of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Historically, the provider payment system was flawed, focusing on volume vs. quality of care. This course will further define the QPP and its two-track pathways for Medicare-eligible participants, known as Qualifying Participants (QPs). The two QPP pathways, Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) will be discussed, including enrollment stipulations and 2023 proposed payment changes. Lastly, this course will briefly discuss the COVID-19 implications affecting the QPP.

Recall the overarching concept of the QPP and the CMS 2023 proposed changes. Identify how both the MIPS and APM QPP tracks work, the CMS 2023 proposed changes, and COVID-19 implications.

Subject Matter Expert
Shalla Newton, MSN, RN, NE-BC

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

State how to perform a neurological assessment using the NIHSS

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

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

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


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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) die at a younger age as compared to individuals who do not have SMI (Schmutte et al., 20121). Data shows that this trend is getting worse; individuals with serious mental illness are dying even earlier and most often from preventable causes. As a professional working with adults with serious mental illness, you are well-poised to help your clients address the preventable causes of premature death through the utilization of recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. In this course, you will learn about the core values underlying the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) model, recent adaptations of the IMR model, how IMR can support you in addressing both physical and mental health symptoms, and how the approach’s teaching principles can support your clients with serious mental illness manage and recover from their illnesses. This course provides an overview of IMR practices. Through the use of interactive exercises and detailed vignettes, the course will give you the information and techniques you need to make IMR an effective part of your therapeutic toolbox. The content in this course is applicable to nurse practitioners, nurses, alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, and clinical social workers in human services settings. Inclusion of SAMHSA content does not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.

Recall the core values, principles, goals, and benefits of IMR. Indicate how to use the key evidence-based components of IMR to support recovery with individuals with behavioral health disorders. Identify adaptations of the IMR model, and how their core values, principles, and goals differ from IMR.

Subject Matter Expert
Amanda Gayle, Ph.D.

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is not a problem to be solved, but rather a way of coping. This course discusses the basics of the grief process, the different types of grief, and ways of expressing grief. It also discusses tools to help you stay present and resilient as a healthcare professional supporting individuals and families.

Apply at least two grief models to individual circumstances.

Define three types of grief and their contexts.

Recognize two gifts of grief that apply to the general population.

Instructor
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Opioid use and misuse has become a significant problem within the United States. Each year, more and more people die from opioid overdose. As a healthcare provider, you play a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic. This course will provide an overview of the opioid use and misuse trends in the U.S. A relatable story of a patient who has opioid use disorder will be used to explore fundamental information regarding opioid use and misuse. This course will also discuss how opioid prescribing has contributed to an epidemic and guidelines for opioid prescribing and use.

Describe opioid use disorder, its relationship to prescription opioids, and patient outcomes that result from opioid use and misuse.

Identify federal and state laws regarding prescription and dispensation of opioid analgesics and CDC guidelines for appropriate use of these medications.

Staff Writer
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

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

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Healthcare supervisors and managers are presented daily with challenges. These challenges present as process failures or those surrounding staff behaviors. An organization’s management team maps a path to support their supervisor’s success in dealing with these challenges. The approach is defined by proven characteristics, skills, and experiences. This course discusses the basic tools needed for supervisors and managers to be successful in their roles. 

Identify two qualities of good leaders, motivators, and coaches.

Describe at least three approaches used to enhance communication.

Writer
Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

6.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This multi-lesson module provides suicide training according to the state of Washington requirements. The four lessons cover:

Lesson 1: Assessing and Screening for Suicide Risk: provides skills to identify individuals at increased risk of suicide

Lesson 2: Overview of Evidence-Based, Suicide-Specific Interventions: provides knowledge about evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions

Lesson 3: Community-Based Interventions to Reduce Suicide Risk: provides information about community-based, upstream suicide prevention approaches

Lesson 4: Preventing Suicide Among Veteran Populations: provides skills in assessment and intervention to reduce suicide risk among veterans

Recognize three risk and three protective factors for suicide.

Discuss how to effectively screen to identify individuals at risk for suicide.

Identify three components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identify three factors that specifically increase suicide risk in veterans.

Recall screening and assessment strategies to identify veterans at risk for suicide.

Define three effective ways to intervene to reduce suicide risk among veterans.

Reviewer
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about how substance use impacts women differently. You will learn ways that you can provide gender-responsive treatment to women struggling with substance use or at risk of developing a substance use disorder. 
The goal of this course is to provide addiction, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family counseling, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with information about substance use treatment for women at various stages of development.
 

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

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

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

Subject Matter Expert
Lauren Quick-Graham, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021a), more than 795,000 people experience a stroke each year in the U.S. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Over half of individuals 65 years old or older who survive a stroke have mobility deficits. Up to 40% of people who suffer a stroke continue to have moderate to severe impairments and require extra care (American Stroke Association, 2019). By understanding the cause of stroke and how to both treat and prevent it, you have the power to improve the lives of the people in your care. This course discusses how to identify when someone is having a stroke as well as treatment both during and after a stroke.

Discuss the pathophysiology of a stroke.

Describe at least three interventions for someone experiencing a stroke.

Identify strategies for achieving quality of life after a stroke.

Subject Matter Expert
Annette Brownlee BSN, RN

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Workplace-related stressors can have a negative impact on both nurses and the patients under their care. The effect of these stressors has led to intensifying burnout and compromising safe patient care. Nurses must be knowledgeable about how to deal with stress effectively.

Recognize the impact of stress on mental and physical health. Identify strategies for improving self-care and stress responses.

Subject Matter Expert
Emily Allen

Reviewer
Connie Vogel PhD, RN, CNE

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Recent research and healthcare reform efforts highlight the central importance of engaging patients in treatment as a key factor in improving patient outcomes. The high costs of patients’ lack of engagement include inadequately addressed existing health problems, the emergence of new health issues, non-adherence to medication regimens, medical errors, deaths, disability, and more frequent use of high-cost services such as emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations, versus preventive and routine care.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses and physicians in the acute care setting with strategies to engage patients in treatment prior to discharge from the ED, promote greater follow-through with discharge recommendations, and reduce the high utilization of costly treatment approaches.

Recall strategies to facilitate patients’ active involvement in healthcare discussions and decisions, assess patient readiness to change, and tailor treatment recommendations to those factors. Name communication strategies that support patient engagement and approaches to maintain patient engagement when collaborating with or transitioning care to other providers.

Subject Matter Expert
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Recent research and healthcare reform efforts highlight the central importance of engaging patients and their families in treatment as a key factor in improving patient outcomes. In family-centered care, collaborative relationships between healthcare providers and the patient’s family members are emphasized for their benefits to quality care. In contrast, lack of engagement of the patient and their family members in treatment is associated with inadequately addressed existing health problems, the emergence of new health issues, treatment complications, medical errors, deaths, disability, and more frequent use of high-cost services such as emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations vs. preventive and routine care.

 

This course will provide an overview of strategies you can use to engage your patient’s family members in treatment to promote greater follow-through with discharge recommendations from the ED and reduce high utilization of costly treatment approaches.

Identify strategies to facilitate shared decision-making and active collaboration with your patients’ family members. Employ communication strategies that support engagement of family members. Identify potential barriers to engaging family members in treatment and strategies for overcoming these barriers.

Subject Matter Expert
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Healthcare providers are constantly challenged to quickly adapt to organizational change and respond to turbulent environments with many interconnected and moving parts. Experts maintain that interprofessional healthcare teams can improve the quality of care, problem-solve more effectively, and improve outcomes. Building a team with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives has been shown to have a positive impact on performance. Nurses can make a distinct impact by influencing the design of care delivery and improving the practice environment as part of strategic interprofessional planning . 

Identify your new strengths for contributing to interprofessional team strategic planning sessions.

Apply good enough, push on (GEPO), SWOT, and simple rules when designing strategic plans.

Instructor
Deborah Zastocki, DNP, EdM, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE®

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

 

0.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

In healthcare, social media posts can influence the hiring process, violate patient privacy, and result in termination of employment. This module informs healthcare professionals of the risks of social networks, which break down the walls separating our personal and professional lives.

Discuss how social media posts can lead to loss of employment.

Indicate two ways that using social media in the hiring process can pose legal risks for employers.

Identify three reasons why social media pages can lead to not getting hired.

Instructor
Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to educate nurses and physicians about key social determinants of health (SDOH) and health disparities affecting maternal and fetal outcomes.

Identify at least four social determinants/disparities of health impacting maternal-fetal health outcomes.

Describe at least two clinical and/or social support interventions to be used in clinical practice to decrease bias regarding social determinants and improve maternal-fetal health outcomes.

Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Patricia Hensley, DNP, MHA, BSN, RNC-OB
Jean Salera-Vieira, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC

Writer
Jennifer Denis-Hill, BA, MSN, RNC-NIC

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Nearly 10% of U.S. population does not have health insurance (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], n.d.a). Healthy People 2030 is a national population and public health initiative endorsed by top U.S. government health agencies, setting health goals for the U.S. healthcare system to improve the overall wellbeing of patients in their communities. This course provides an in-depth and interactive analysis of one of the five Healthy People 2030’s domains of social determinants of health (SDOH), healthcare access and quality, and its impact on patient outcomes. 

Review what SDOH are and how they impact both healthcare access and quality of care.

Identify barriers to healthcare access and care quality, how these barriers negatively impact patient outcomes, and some strategic interventions to improve these patient outcomes.

Subject Matter Expert
Shalla Newton, MSN, RN, NE-BC

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Education access and quality is a pillar of the social determinants of health for Healthy People 2030 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). This course outlines the effects of education on an individual’s health. The four components of education access and quality include early childhood education and development, high school graduation, enrollment in higher education, and language and literacy.

Identify the components of education access and quality and their effects on health.

Recall patient care and education related to education access and quality.

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Health outcomes are influenced in myriad ways by an individual’s social environment and their community. For example, community is linked to such outcomes as body mass index, homicide rates, and suicidal behavior (Diez Roux & Mair, 2010; Bharmal et al., 2015; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], n.d.). Due to these strong influences on health outcomes, the U.S. Department Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030 campaign identifies social and community context as a domain of the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are external conditions which exist with the potential to affect a patient’s current and future health, often beyond a patient’s direct control. Of particular importance, however, is how this domain fits into the larger picture of the social determinants of health. The elements in the social and community context have been shown to help negate potentially negative consequences of the other social determinants of health (Bharmal et al., 2015).

Define the components of social and community context in the social determinants of health.

Recognize how components in the social and community context affects overall health outcomes.

Identify problems related to the social and community context in the social determinants of health.

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) is a condition that occurs when the body produces too much antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which causes fluid retention and electrolyte imbalance. SIADH can have various causes and manifestations and can lead to serious complications if not recognized and treated promptly. This course will provide you with the knowledge to thoroughly assess and manage patients with SIADH in the hospital setting.

Explain the pathophysiology, causes, and diagnosis of SIADH. 

Identify the signs and symptoms of SIADH and potential complications. 

Review common treatments and nursing interventions for patients with SIADH.

Writer
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This content is intended for all members of the obstetric team and is based on the educational theory that team performance is enhanced when all members of the team have the same understanding of the task and procedure to be performed.

Enhance situational awareness for patients at increased risks for shoulder dystocia (SD). Design a team-based SD simulation drill. Improve obstetrical team performance through enhanced cooperation in deliveries complicated by SD. Review methods to enhance communications with teams.

Writer
Dr. Patricia Hensley, DNP, MHA, BSN, RNC-OB

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Sexual harassment in the workplace creates an uncomfortable working environment for employees and can also create hardships for employers. This course will explain to staff working in any healthcare setting what sexual harassment is and what they can do about it.

Define sexual harassment.

Describe how sexual harassment affects employees and organizations.

Explain at least three ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Writer
Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

Subject Matter Expert
Linda M. Wantuch, MSM, SPHR, SHRM-CP

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ANCC Accreditation

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Septic arthritis is caused by infection and inflammation in the joint and can result in significant damage to the joints. Early recognition and treatment are critical to the preservation of joint function. This course will discuss how to quickly identify and treat septic arthritis.  

The goal of this course is to provide physicians, nursing professionals, and radiologic technologists with information about septic arthritis.

Recall how septic arthritis is acquired and its typical presentation.

Identify the laboratory and radiological tests used to make a diagnosis of a septic joint.

Recognize the principles of septic joint treatment.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

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Healthcare and behavioral health professionals providing services on the front lines of a sustained health crisis are exposed to traumatic events on a regular basis. Staff deemed essential have little escape from the grueling demands of their daily work. Professional self-care routines are often insufficient or seemingly impossible during times of heavy demand. Without healthy work-life balance, effective self-care practices, and social connection, maladaptive coping mechanisms may surface or return. Many professionals experience feelings of helplessness when, despite their best efforts, they are unable to provide clinical solutions for their clients or patients. Based on what is known about trauma, it is imperative for professionals to effectively address self-care needs in a timely manner, for themselves and for those they serve.

Define the psychological and biological effects associated with trauma and stress reactions.

Identify signs and symptoms of moral injury, vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or compassion fatigue, and burnout.

Recall methods to enhance psychological resilience via self-care practices that can be applied to work and/or home.

Subject Matter Expert
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

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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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ANCC Accreditation

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ANCC Accreditation

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In 2020, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], National Center for Injury Prevention and Control [NCIPC], 2020). 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.

Identify warning signs as well as risk and protective factors that affect vulnerability to suicide in youth.

State three assessment strategies to identify suicide risk in adolescents and transition-age youth.

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

Subject Matter Expert
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

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ANCC Accreditation

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

Identify the communication processes that aid in reducing medical errors and review recommendations for the safe transfer of patient care information.

Name organizations that are helping to create a culture of patient safety and their recommendations to meet this goal.

Determine the components of a just culture that promote trust and accountability and recall a 10-step process for creating a culture of safety in the OR.

Instructor
Rhiannon Winsor, Ed.D, MBA, CST, CRCST
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

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This is an exciting time to work in the field of behavioral health treatment. The field has changed dramatically in the direction of operating on the principles of recovery. Recovery treatment involves changing our attitudes and beliefs about serious mental illness and the long-term effects of these illnesses over the lifespan to reflect the belief that recovery is the expected outcome. The field continues to expand into areas of advancing the integration of mental health to physical health, connecting to multiple dimensions of wellness and alternative medicine, as well as incorporation of peer recovery specialists. Each of these areas supports the recovery of persons with behavioral health issues.

Recall the defining principles of the wellness and recovery movement in the treatment of persons with serious mental illness (SMI).

Indicate at least three ways you can align your practices with the guiding principles of recovery when working with individuals with SMI.

Identify three things you can do to help individuals overcome the stigma of diagnosis of SMI.

Instructor
Amanda Price

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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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ANCC Accreditation

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A ‘culture of safety’ is an often-heard term in clinical settings. Most patients require complex care, with many interprofessional teams working together. Large patient volumes, an expectation for rapid delivery of care, the consumer’s ability to choose providers, and government reimbursements all drive acute care facilities to invest in preventing or reducing errors. Improving safety is beneficial to the patient primarily, with less risk of injury or death, but also to the facility and staff, improving retention and job satisfaction, with the added benefit of extensive cost-savings.

Describe the identifying factors and benefits to a culture of safety.

Discuss organizations responsible for driving patient safety changes on a national level.

Evaluate barriers to patient safety, and how these can be reduced or eliminated.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

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ANCC Accreditation

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The role of risk management has a significant impact on the quality outcomes of acute care organizations. It includes systems and validated processes aimed at assessing and developing interventions to mitigate risk factors and optimize quality outcomes. Nursing leaders are stakeholders in the risk management process and can benefit from understanding risk management strategies and objectives.  In this course, you will learn about risk management in the acute care setting.

The goal of this course is to provide nursing professionals in acute care settings with information to enhance their understanding of the role they play in risk management along with proven strategies for ensuring quality outcomes in their professional practice in acute care settings.

Identify the importance of risk management, the processes, and tools used in risk management in the acute care setting.

Identify at least two concrete strategies for enhancing quality outcomes.

Instructor
Sharese Wilson

Staff Writer
Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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As a healthcare professional transporting patients to the ED, you may serve patients with symptoms indicative of behavioral health disorders, such as depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. In some situations, the ED provider must administer psychiatric medications. However, if possible, it is prudent to defer their use until the patient is admitted to an inpatient mental health facility or seen as an outpatient. In many instances, the reason for presentation in the ED is an adverse reaction to psychiatric medications.

Identify some of the most common medications in each major category, their indications, and their usage in treating mental health disorders. 

Recall adverse reactions to psychiatric medications.

Subject Matter Expert
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD, FPD, FAAEM

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ANCC Accreditation

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As someone who works in healthcare, you know that many of the people you see are likely to be taking one or more psychiatric medications. However, some healthcare professionals do not have a working knowledge of the types of medications used to treat various psychiatric disorders, nor are they aware of these medications’ potential side effects. In this course, you will learn about the major categories of medications used in the treatment of mental illness, including antipsychotics, antianxiety medications, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. You will also learn about the different medications’ indications for use and some of their most common side effects. You will find out about some of the precautions that apply to specific populations taking psychiatric medications, such as older adults and psychiatric medication use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Recall the uses and major side effects of antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, antidepressant, and antianxiety medications. Identify special concerns related to the use of psychiatric medications in older adults and during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Indicate ways that behavioral health professionals can enhance medication adherence through shared decision making, client empowerment, enhanced self-efficacy, and improved health literacy.

Writer
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

 

Subject Matter Expert
John Cahill, MD, PhD

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Risk managers, administrators, and managers should be aware that there are always risks involved with business operations. Consequently, they must have solid risk management practices and programs to help identify, assess, and manage risks of all sorts. Risk management practices should be integrated across major organizational departments, initiatives, and programs, such as service delivery, safety, security, business and public communications, and supply chain, to name a few.

The goal of this course is to provide administrator professionals with an overview of risk management principles.

Define risk management. 

Identify at least four concepts related to risk management. 

Name at least two risk response strategies used in risk management programs.

Instructor
Anthony A. Barone, M.P.S., M.P.H., CBCP, CHMM, NRP, PMP, Chief Executive Officer & Protective Agent - Paramedic at Emergility, LLC.

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course provides information on child, elder, and dependent adult abuse, as well as intimate partner violence. You will learn about each type of abuse, signs of abuse among these groups, and your reporting responsibilities and procedures. The goal of this course is to provide general staff in health and human services settings with skills for recognizing and responding to abuse and neglect.

State abuse reporting responsibilities under mandated reporting laws.

Identify risk factors, protective factors, and signs of child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder or dependent adult abuse.

Determine how you should respond in situations involving suspected abuse or intimate partner violence.

Instructor
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Brandy Verton, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Jaclyn Rochelle, SFA, CST

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ANCC Accreditation

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Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than non-veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], 2022). This course will explain the specific factors that increase suicide risk in veterans. You will also learn about assessment and intervention approaches used to manage suicide risk in this population.

The goal of this course is to provide knowledge to addictions, behavioral health counseling, case management/care management, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, social work professionals, and physicians in health and human services settings about suicide prevention strategies for veterans.

Identify three factors that specifically increase suicide risk in veterans.

Recall screening and assessment strategies to identify veterans at risk for suicide.

Define three effective ways to intervene to reduce suicide risk among veterans.

Subject Matter Expert
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Dana Bartlett, RN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Staff Writer
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN

Expert Reviewer
Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)

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ANCC Accreditation

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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

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The role of a preceptor is vital to an organization’s ability to efficiently and effectively onboard an individual to a new department or work unit. This course is designed to include principles and practices for precepting new employees across healthcare settings. It introduces the learner to the fundamentals of the preceptor role and provides best practices for being an effective preceptor. Preceptors exhibit professionalism and best practices in their work units. Being a preceptor requires skill, talent, and preparation to yield the best outcomes.

Recognize the importance of interpersonal and communication skills for the preceptor role.

Identify the leadership principles and styles of leadership for the preceptor role.

Define self-care and resilience for the preceptor role.

Instructor
Felicia Sadler, MJ BSN RN CPHQ
Scott McConnell, BSN, RN, MICN, PHRN, CEN, NRP, EMS-I

Staff Writer
Kimberly Workman, MA

0.50

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The Healthy People 2030 campaign categorizes social determinants of health (SDOH) into five domains and each one has an impact on health outcomes and informs best practices in the delivery of healthcare (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). This course provides practice scenarios for use of a rapid assessment tool for screening patients for social determinants that impact their health.

Describe social determinants of health, including the five domains within each of them.

Discuss the use of rapid assessment tools for understanding patients’ barriers and risks to optimal health associated with social/environmental conditions where people live, work, and play.

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

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Pediatric patients are not small adults and medical errors and patient harm in the pediatric population differ in many ways from those associated with adults. For example, one study estimated that adverse drug events occur three times more often in pediatric patients than adults, due in large part to their smaller physical size, early developmental stages, and dependence on others for care (Mueller et al., 2019). All perioperative nurses and surgical technologists should have a fundamental understanding of the anatomical, physiological, psychological, and emotional differences of children compared to adults and how these differences impact the care needs of pediatric patients in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative phases.

Identify anatomical, physiological, psychological, and emotional differences in pediatric patients and how those differences impact care needs in the perioperative setting.

Recall the developmental stages and needs of pediatric patients and how those stages impact care needs in the perioperative setting.

Recognize strategies for preventing and responding to medication errors and adverse drug events in children in the perioperative setting.

List surgical considerations for pediatric patients.

Staff Writer
Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN

Instructor
Brian C Sheridan, CST

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ANCC Accreditation

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As defined by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) (2019), the perioperative nurse’s goal is to help patients achieve or exceed the level of well-being they had at the pre-procedural baseline. The nurse is required to have the clinical knowledge, judgment, and clinical reasoning skills necessary to safely plan, deliver, and evaluate care for surgical patients.

The goal of this course is to equip perioperative nurses with knowledge of the nursing process and the roles and responsibilities within the perioperative team.

Identify the perioperative nursing process throughout the phases of surgery. 

Define the roles and responsibilities of the members within the surgical team and the AORN standards of perioperative practice.

Instructor
Brandy Verton, BSN, RN, CNOR

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

In the operating room, patient safety depends on high quality communication and shared knowledge among the surgical team. Several factors in this setting can contribute to communication failures like time constraints, shift changes, environmental barriers, the complex nature of surgical procedures, and clashing communication styles. All members of the surgical team must understand the risks to patient safety associated with communication failures, what information must be communicated and when, and how to use an assertive communication style.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses and CSTs with best practices for effectively communicating in the operating room. 

Describe best practices for facilitating communication in the OR.

Identify four communication styles and which style is most effective for ensuring patient safety.

List common barriers to effective communication in the OR.

Instructor
Brandy Verton, BSN, RN
Brian C Sheridan, CST

1.75

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Anesthesia administration has become increasingly safer, but is not without risk. Patient- and family-centered care and the desire to save costs has led to a shift in perioperative care needs from “stabilize and admit” to “stabilize and discharge.” Each patient undergoing anesthesia requires competent, professional nursing staff to assist in timely and safe medication administration, maintenance, and recovery. Knowledge of anesthetic techniques, agents, and adjuvants is vital to this competence.

Define the different types and stages of anesthesia.

Describe anesthetic agents and adjuvants commonly used for the perioperative patient.

Identify perioperative preparation, complications, and nursing interventions.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

 The goal of this continuing education module is to help nurses advance their understanding of perinatal HIV transmission, prevention factors, and related legal and ethical issues.

Identify factors that increase the risk of perinatal HIV transmission.

Discuss strategies to reduce mother-to-infant HIV transmission.

Instructor
Christine Ann Balt, DNP, FNP-BC, AACRN

Staff Writer
Kimberly Workman, MA

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

 To care for a child with a tracheostomy tube, clinicians must understand the reason the child requires a tracheostomy, the functional status of the child’s upper airway, and the child’s medical condition. Children with tracheostomies routinely receive care in both home and healthcare settings. Patients with tracheostomies can experience complications and there is an increased risk of death associated with tracheostomy-related emergencies. The management of a child with a tracheostomy requires clinicians to be skilled in routine and emergency tracheostomy care.

Discuss the history, and anatomy and pathophysiology of the pediatric respiratory system.

Describe tracheostomy management and care for a child.

Identify tracheostomy emergency prevention and response strategies in the home for a pediatric patient with a tracheostomy.

Staff Writer
Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Pediatric patients experience pain from minor procedures on a regular basis in acute care settings. To help reduce pain in these children, nurses must be knowledgeable about the typical minor procedures and procedural sedation performed. In addition, they must have knowledge regarding validated pain assessments, medications and adjuncts, and non-pharmacological management of pediatric pain.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses with knowledge of evidence-based practices for nursing management of pediatric pain associated with minor procedures.

Recall minor procedures, procedural sedation, and pain assessment scales used in pediatric patients.

Identify medications, adjuncts, and non-pharmacologic management of pediatric pain during minor procedures.

Subject Matter Expert
Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Pain is often underestimated and undertreated in the pediatric population due to many factors. As a result, children’s health outcomes are directly impacted without proper recognition and pain management, and quality of life is reduced. Physicians and nursing professionals must learn to assess and treat pediatric pain appropriately while caring for hospitalized children. This course describes the past and future status of pain management in children, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management options, and the complexities of managing pain in special populations.

Discuss the past and future status of pain management in children. Describe non-pharmacologic, pharmacologic, and adjuvant treatment options for pain in children. Explain some of the complexities involved in treating the child with chronic pain, cognitive impairments, or a need for palliative care.

Subject Matter Expert
Stephanie Whitfield, MSN, RN, CPN

2.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This article discussed pediatric bony injuries in detail by outlining the mechanisms, physical exam findings, imaging modality recommendations, and initial treatment for pediatric knee fractures.

Discuss conditions that should increase suspicion for traumatic injuries in pediatric patients.

Describe the various modalities used to identify different traumatic conditions.

Cite methods of quickly stabilizing and managing pediatric patients.

Identify possible complications that may occur with traumatic injuries in children.

Instructor
Jillian Merica, MD

Instructor
Daniel Migliaccio, MD, FAAEM

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

Explain how pandemic influenza occurs.

Describe three essential elements of a pandemic influenza plan.

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

Instructor
Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

An approach that prevents and treats acute pain while avoiding unnecessary exposure to opioids is the goal of pain management (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 2019b). Clinicians should integrate patient-centered approaches, therapies, technology, and self-care strategies while collaborating with other professionals to manage pain (Cohen et al., 2020). However, barriers to the use of best practices for pain management are prevalent at the patient-provider, practice, and systems levels. Resolution of stigma and structural inequalities that limit access to evidence-based pain treatments is required to eliminate barriers.

The goal of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with evidence-based guidance for managing pain while weighing the risks and benefits of pain medications with functional improvement and harm prevention.

Describe the need for and methods to balance harms associated with uncontrolled pain with potential harms associated with pain treatment.

Select appropriate tools to assess pain.

Discuss the physiologic processes and terminology related to pain.

Identify components of pain treatment that can be combined to form multimodal treatment plans.

Instructor
Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN, FAAN

Staff Writer
Cathryn Ayers, RN

Expert Reviewer
Johnny J. Bethea, II, BSPharm

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The current opioid use epidemic has had devastating consequences for those impacted by it. Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is an effective, yet underused, approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. By taking this course, you will have information that you can share with your clients and their family members about what MOUD is, its risks and benefits, and the types of medications used in MOUD. The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with an overview of what MOUD is, how it can help individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), and the medications used by providers that treat OUD.

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

Discuss the role of medications to treat opioid use disorder.

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

Subject Matter Expert
Jennifer Niles, LCSW, LCAS, CCS-I

Reviewer
Johnny J. Bethea, II, RPh

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

It was once assumed that addressing underlying conditions was the best way to treat suicidality. We now know that suicidal people need interventions that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide-specific interventions will give you the tools to help clients manage suicide risk.

In this course, you will learn about specific evidence-based and research-informed interventions that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Through case examples, you will gain a better understanding of ways to implement these strategies.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals with knowledge about evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions.

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

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

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

Subject Matter Expert
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Regardless of discipline or setting, routine behavioral health screening will allow you to provide the best care possible. This course will provide a review of some of the most widely used behavioral health screening tools currently available to support collaborative care. In addition, we will explore important factors for consideration when integrating such screening tools into the workflow of your practice. 

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in community health settings with information on how to screen clients for behavioral health conditions.

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

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

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

Staff Writer
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

Instructor
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

 

0.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course explores the risk factors for opioid misuse and reviews the classification of opioid use disorder. It also provides an overview of assessment and management tools and strategies that can be employed to ensure safe and effective pain management for patients using opioid medications.

Recognize the prevalence of and risk factors for opioid misuse.

Identify three evidence-based assessment tools to determine risks for individual patients

Writer
Claire Hartman, RN, IBCLC


Subject Matter Expert
Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, APRN, CNM

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The increased emphasis on pain management to improve functionality and quality of life has contributed to significantly more opioid prescriptions. Their availability led to widespread misuse across the nation. This course will address regulation and misuse of opioids and evidence-based management of chronic pain.

Discuss chronic pain and opioid use in the U.S.

Review the regulatory influences and evidence-based guidelines associated with prescribing controlled substances for pain management.

Describe evaluation and monitoring of the patient with pain.

Identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management strategies.

Subject Matter Expert
Cathryn Ayers, RN

Reviewers
Johnny J. Bethea, II, RPh
Daniel Migliaccio, FDP, FAAEM

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Americans are using opioids at an alarming rate, whether through prescriptions or illegal means. Parallel to this problem is the use of opioids during pregnancy.

The goal for this course is to present RNs, PAs, physicians, and entry-level drug and alcohol counselors in inpatient or outpatient settings with best practices for identifying and managing pregnant women who are using opioids.

Recognize the risks and complications related to opioid use disorder during pregnancy.

Identify evidence-based treatment recommendations for opioid use disorder during pregnancy.

Staff Writer
Claire Hartman, RN, IBCLC

1.00

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The emphasis on pain management to improve quality of life and function has contributed to a significant increase in opioid prescriptions. As such, there has been a concurrent increase in risk of misuse and abuse. While opioids are highly effective for pain relief, closer attention to the risk versus benefit analysis has led to guidelines that prefer nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy over opioids, especially for chronic pain. Clinicians must carefully monitor the patient and be alert for signs that risks outweigh benefits of opioids. This course will address issues related to opioid prescribing, chronic pain, and opioid use disorder.

Discuss considerations and guidelines for prescribing controlled substances.

Describe patient evaluation and education for a safe and effective pain treatment plan.

Subject Matter Expert
Cathryn Ayers, RN

Reviewers
Johnny J. Bethea, II, RPh
Daniel Migliaccio, FDP, FAAEM

 

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

In just over a year, COVID-19 has changed how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Guidelines governing preventive measures, including how we interact with everyone from patients to members of our own families, have undergone a process of near-constant evolution. Treatment recommendations have been regularly updated as scientists and providers have learned more about how the virus affects the human body. This course provides an overview of the latest information about the virus, preventing transmission, illness classification and treatment of patients with symptomatic disease, and currently authorized vaccines.

List signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection, including post-viral long haul syndrome.

Describe how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted in community and healthcare settings and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated.

Differentiate vaccinations for COVID-19 approved in the U.S. and list guidelines, side effects, and contraindications for vaccination against COVID-19.

Instructor
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

Expert Reviewer
Johnny J. Bethea, II, BSPharm
Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
Daniel Migliaccio, MD
Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Two cases are presented. Risk factors, including recurring and nonrecurring, for obstetrical hemorrhage, are reviewed. Delivery preparations and preventative strategies are discussed. Methodologies that better quantify blood loss, allowing for earlier recognition of excessive blood loss, are presented. Management of the patient experiencing obstetric hemorrhage, including a review of current guidelines for blood component replacement therapy, are reviewed.

List recurring and nonrecurring risk factors for obstetrical hemorrhage. List the four Ts of OH.

Identify low, medium and high risk patients for OH.

Review blood component therapy for large volume blood loss.

Instructor
William Cusick, MD, MFM, FACOG

1.50

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Although medical care can be often concrete, healthcare professionals, including nurses, are faced with ethical dilemmas that are not as clear-cut. In healthcare, sometimes situations arise where there is an “area of gray.” In those moments, thoughtful analysis using reason and ethical principles is needed. Many healthcare institutions have developed ethics committees to navigate patient care in difficult situations.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses in the acute care setting with knowledge of key terms, theories, and principles of bioethics, as well as the procedures, functions, roles, and responsibilities associated with an ethics committee in the acute care setting.

Name five major ethical theories. 

Recognize the four major bioethical principles. 

Define paternalism, veracity, fidelity, confidentiality, futile treatment, living will, durable power of attorney for healthcare, and “medical assistance in dying.” 

List the roles and responsibilities of an ethics committee and its ethicist in the acute care setting.

Subject Matter Expert
Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

Writer
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

To know documentation principles and to apply them in daily practice are musts for every nurse. These are essential to protect patients and to safeguard every nurse’s license. Documentation is the foundational proof that care was provided to a patient. Requirements and methods of documenting are ever-changing amongst a variety of documentation modalities. Although nurses sometimes view documentation as a process that takes precious time away from direct patient care, it is one of the most critical skills they perform. In fact, appropriate and effective documentation is at the core of nursing practice.

The goal of this course is to provide nurses working in acute care settings with information about the value of laws and standards governing nursing documentation, legal basics for appropriate documentation, and provide awareness of documentation practices that can lead to legal issues.

Describe four characteristics of legally-credible charting. 

Discuss the legal definition of nursing negligence. 

Describe two charting practices that can lead to legal issues.

Subject Matter Expert
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Nurses are required to document everything of significance that happens on their shift. This can be a straightforward process, but there are often challenges. There are all kinds of scenarios that present documentation difficulties. Patients may refuse treatment or want to leave the hospital against medical advice. Your unit may be understaffed, and you want to document a complaint. The computer system can go down and you have to document on paper. Or maybe your documentation just takes too long, and you are wondering how to document faster. This course reviews strategies for documentation in challenging situations and how to document more efficiently.

Apply documentation strategies for challenging patient care and coworker situations. 

Apply documentation strategies for challenging situations related to hospital systems. 

Identify ways to save time when documenting.

Writer
Sarah Hunter, RN, SCRN, CNRN, CMSRN

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about pediatric anatomical and physiological differences, which will help you recognize normal variations throughout your assessment. Additionally, you will learn communication methods to help children feel more at ease during your assessment. Finally, you will understand essential warning signs that require immediate referral to additional medical professionals using the available resources and tools.

Choose at least three strategies to help ensure success during an exam of the infant, child, and adolescent. Identify the proper way to perform a pediatric head-to-toe assessment using appropriate resource tools. Recognize signs in the infant, child, and adolescent that are concerning.

Subject Matter Expert
Stephanie Whitfield, MSN, RN, CPN

0.50

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Failing to properly onboard employees results in poor performance and unnecessarily high turnover. In this course, we’ll cover best practices and lay out a plan for the first 6 months of a new employee’s orientation and performance expectations. We’ll also explore the importance of culture development as it relates to onboarding.

Explain the importance of onboarding and how it relates to performance.

Describe effective tools and techniques to reduce employee turnover and improve employee engagement.

Expert Reviewer
Linda M. Wantuch, MSM, SPHR, SHRM-CP

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Neonatal emergencies are frightening and challenging to almost all acute care providers. Recognizing the presentation of common neonatal respiratory emergencies is essential to acute care providers. This issue will focus on the neonate and provide a succinct review of respiratory emergencies pertinent to clinical practice and board preparation/review.

The goal of this course is to present healthcare providers in the acute care setting with a succinct review of neonatal respiratory emergencies.

Know the anatomy and pathophysiology relevant to emergency management of neonatal respiratory emergencies.

Know the indications and contraindications for acute management options for neonatal respiratory emergencies.

Plan the key steps and know the potential pitfalls in the acute management of neonatal respiratory emergencies.

Recognize the complications associated with the acute management of neonatal respiratory emergencies.

Instructor
Ann Dietrich, MD, FAAP, FACEP

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The physical environment in which individuals live has a direct impact on their health and wellness and their ability to access healthcare. Healthy People 2030 identifies neighborhoods and the built environment as a domain of the social determinants of health tied to health outcomes. This course provides an in-depth analysis of this domain and how it affects the health and well-being of patient populations. The four components of neighborhood and built environment include access to healthy foods, quality of housing, crime and violence, and environmental conditions. Clinicians can leverage this knowledge to improve treatment planning for patients and health outcomes.

Identify the four components of neighborhood and built environment domain of social determinants of health.

Recall how neighborhood and the built environment affect overall health outcomes.

Define how clinicians can address issues related to the neighborhood and built environment.

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

0.50

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Floods and landslides can occur in many locations throughout the U.S. This course provides basic information about these hazards and the destruction they can cause. This course emphasizes the importance of being informed about flooding and landslide risks and hazards around you and various protective actions you could consider taking.

The goal of this course is to provide employees with a foundation for staying safe during flooding and landslides.

Identify environments conducive to flooding and landslide hazards.

Select protective actions to minimize risk and maximize safety.

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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Origination: Expiration:

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.

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

It is estimated that there are more than 2.8 million people worldwide living with multiple sclerosis (MS). In the United States, there are almost 1 million people living with the disease (National Multiple Sclerosis Society [NMSS], 2020). MS is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by damage to the protective myelin sheath covering neurons. MS lesions, or plaques, disrupt electrical impulses from neurons in the CNS to muscles that can affect mobility, elimination, energy, vision, and other functions (DynaMed, 2022). 

Recall the overarching disease pathophysiology and main symptoms with discernable interventions of MS.

Identify the disease classifications and the diagnostic algorithm, including the McDonald Criteria for MS.

Review therapeutic approaches for treating the underlying disease of MS.

Subject Matter Expert
Shalla Newton, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN

0.50

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Origination: Expiration:

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

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

Identify disease trends associated with MDROs.

Identify the most common MDROs.

Identify how to decrease the transmission of MDROs.

Describe the national approach to combat MDROs.

Describe the psychosocial effects of treatment.

Instructor
Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN

1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Healthcare professionals working in magnetic resonance (MR) environments must be aware of warnings and contraindications for MRI examination and know requirements for careful initial patient screening, accurate determination, and characterization of permanent implanted or temporary devices. Medical devices and ferromagnetic objects may malfunction in a magnetic field or pose a projectile risk which could cause harm or injury to patients and staff. Controlling access to the environment and properly screening patients can help prevent accidents and injury. Only properly trained personnel are authorized to perform final patient screening and access equipment. Proper safety and security require plans for facility design and emergency preparedness.

Identify the basic principles of MR technology.

List the potential hazards and risks associated with MRI.

Recognize guidelines and recommendations associated with MRI safety.

Writer
Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M)

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Healthcare professionals witness the impact on patients’ quality of life and also see how hard it is for people to make changes in their health. Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered way to have a conversation that supports those struggling to make behavioral changes. The provider helps the patient explore personal motivators and identify their own goals. The approach is based on what matters to the patient. When each member of an interprofessional team practices from this point of view, the results can be positive for the patient and for the practitioners.

Identify how the spirit and the four processes of Motivational Interviewing help patients consider their own reasons for change. Recall at least three specific Motivational Interviewing skills you can use to help patients resolve ambivalence in favor of making change.

Subject Matter Expert
Lauren Quick-Graham, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CSI

0.25

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Origination: Expiration:

This course is about workplace slip, trip, and fall 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 trips, slips, and falls.

Explain how to prevent injuries from trips, slips, and falls.

Subject Matter Expert
Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Being healthcare providers, we know the medical error statistics all too well and, at times, they occur too close to home. The purpose of this course is to help you, whether you work in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community, recognize error-prone situations and the factors that impact medical errors in an effort to prevent them.

Identify at least two types of medical errors.

Describe the use of root cause analysis in the prevention of medical errors.

Describe what risk management is and how it is used to prevent medical errors

Instructor
Kim Matthews, RN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Despite being less prevalent than mood disorders, schizophrenia contributes substantially to global estimates of disability. Almost 3 million Americans live with the illness in a given year. Nevertheless, there is hope for people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorder, and related conditions) and their families. Research has led to more effective treatments and continues to develop newer types of medications; at the same time, researchers are unraveling the complex causes of these disorders. It is important to remember that even though there is not yet a cure, many people can manage the illness to lead independent, satisfying lives. The main goal of this course is to provide you with the information and current research you need to better understand how to collaborate in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Indicate the role of medications in the treatment of psychotic disorders and the types of symptoms these medications treat. Identify differences between first-generation and second-generation antipsychotic medications. Recall common side effects of antipsychotic medications including those that should be immediately reported and/or addressed.

Expert Reviewer
John Cahill, MD, PhD

 

Writer
Amanda Gayle, Ph.D.

2.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course will cover an overview of topics surrounding medication administration including pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, safety standards, and legal and ethical guidelines for practice. The learner will use case scenarios to gain a deeper understanding of the foundational practice.

Apply and differentiate between basic pharmacology principles.

Infer and separate various ethical principles and patient safety considerations.

Accurately perform computational pharmacology.

Discern the implications of proper storage, handling, and disposal of medications, and delegation of medication practices.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

1.75

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course is intended to educate nurses and emergency medical professionals about evidence-based practices for managing pediatric patients, including techniques for conducting pediatric-focused assessments, common emergent pediatric conditions, and interventions.

Recall unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of pediatric patients.

Identify considerations and techniques for conducting age-appropriate pediatric nursing assessments.

Recognize common emergent pediatric conditions and appropriate interventions.

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


Subject Matter Expert
Lawrence Isaacs, MD, FAAEM,FACEP

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course discusses best practices in operative vaginal delivery techniques—forceps-assisted delivery and vacuum-assisted delivery (OAVD), as well as episiotomy.

The course is case-based, so you will have an opportunity to apply the principles covered to particular patient scenarios. The cases are branched, with different outcomes based on different choices.

Use of OAVD techniques vary from organization to organization. You may, for example, work in a hospital in which forceps techniques are no longer taught to residents. Each section has been organized so that you can move through it quickly or delve into it more deeply, depending on its relevance to your clinical practice.
 

Discuss the steps, indications, contraindications, and potential complications associated with vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery, forceps-assisted vaginal delivery, and episiotomies. 

Describe the circumstances in which an episiotomy is and is not an appropriate intervention. 

Explain the importance of the flexion point when placing a vacuum cup and how it is located. Identify the criteria for correct placement of the forceps during a non-rotational delivery, as well as guidelines regarding the number of pulls.

Writer
William Cusick, MD, MFM, FACOG

Reviewer
Ahizechukwu C. Eke, MD, PhD, MPH

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Do no harm: A fundamental principle of medical care, yet thousands of patients suffer harm from medical errors every day. Some reports estimate annual deaths from medical errors in the U.S. to be as high as 250,000, but a more recent study revealed that number may be highly inflated (Rodwin et al., 2020). The actual number of preventable deaths estimated by a meta-analysis was 22,165, with most occurring in people expected to have less than 3 months to live. For those who were expected to live longer than 3 months, 7,150 deaths occurred. The difference may be due to over-estimation or from initiatives to reduce errors since initial values were released. Regardless, healthcare professionals are obliged to do no harm, so continued efforts are needed to reduce medical errors.

This course is intended to educate nurses, physicians, and physician assistants on the causes and strategies for preventing medical errors.

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

Discuss risk factors, prevention strategies, and populations most vulnerable to medical errors.

Describe the root cause analysis process for medical errors.

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

Expert Reviewer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Instructor
Cathryn Ayers, RN

 

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Alcohol use disorder is a primary health condition that interacts with and complicates many other health problems and psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, only a small number of people with alcohol use disorder receive appropriate treatment for substance use issues. 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.

Identify strategies you can use to more effectively identify alcohol use disorder in a medical setting.

Recall factors that indicate someone may be a good candidate for medication-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder as well as factors that suggest this approach is contraindicated.

Discuss the common medications used to treat alcohol use disorder, their benefits, and potential side effects.

Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Alina Vrinceaunu-Hamm, MD


Writer
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

 

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The goal of this course is to provide the clinician with up-to-date best practices for identifying and treating patients with PAD. It includes symptoms, complications, risk factors, and modifications of PAD. In addition, diagnostic tests, assessment, and treatment strategies will be discussed.

Identify risk factors and complications related to PAD.

Discuss two assessment findings and tools used to diagnose PAD.

Describe two disease management and education techniques for patients with PAD.

Instructor
Ashley M. Coffey, RN

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course is intended to provide nurses with knowledge on interventions for pediatric trauma, including injuries to the head, chest, abdominal cavity, and extremities. Interventions for asphyxiation, drowning, burns, and electrical shock will also be presented. This course is the second part of the Managing Pediatric Trauma series. The first course in this series is Managing Pediatric Trauma: Assessment.

Recall prehospital care and field triage of pediatric trauma patients. 

Describe interventions for pediatric patients who have experienced asphyxiation, drowning, burns, and electrical injuries. 

Describe interventions for pediatric patients who have experienced trauma to the head, thorax, abdomen, and extremities.

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

Subject Matter Expert
Daniel Migliaccio, FDP, FAAEM

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course is intended to provide nurses with knowledge of pediatric stages of development, mechanisms of injury, and assessment best practices including the pediatric assessment triangle as they relate to trauma.

Describe pediatric trauma care and stages of development as they relate to trauma. 

Identify common mechanisms of injury in the pediatric population. 

Recall assessment techniques and emergency interventions for pediatric patients who experience trauma.

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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Approximately 30 million Americans have some form of hepatic failure. There are 11,886 people in the U.S. on the transplant list waiting for a new liver (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2021). Hepatic failure is rated as one of the leading causes of death, yet we know much less about this condition compared to other chronic diseases. Clinicians should be familiar with signs of liver failure and related conditions, risk factors for the disease, and treatment strategies.

The purpose of this course is to educate healthcare professionals on the causes, complications, and characteristics of hepatic failure to better manage and care for this patient population.

Identify causes, symptoms, and complications of liver disease and hepatic failure.

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

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

Staff Writer
Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE

1.25

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Pain management in the emergency department relies heavily on the use of opioid analgesics, which generates risk for patients to develop long term opioid use or an opioid use disorder.  Multimodal analgesia can improve the patient experience and reduce the risks of opioid use if emergency providers approach pain with a more critical mindset.This activity is designed to help emergency providers improve management of pain while decreasing patient exposure to opioids.  It is also designed to help providers navigate how to manage patients with opioid use disorder.

Identify different types of pain (acute pain, chronic pain, chronic cancer pain, and social pain) and the neurobiological origins of this pain.

Describe the risks associated with opioid analgesia.

Demonstrate knowledge of multimodal analgesia regimens to manage pain in the emergency department.

Describe the characteristics of opioid use disorder and the effectiveness of medication assisted therapy.

Presenter

Christopher Griggs, MD

Planner/Reviewer

Ed Boudreau, DO, FACEP; Chairman and CEO

Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP; EPIX Director of Risk Management Education (Contracted)

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Mechanical ventilation is a cornerstone of critical care, offering life-saving therapy for patients experiencing respiratory failure for many disease processes. Before 2020, it was estimated that over 300,000 patients receive mechanical ventilation in the U.S. per year (NHSN, 2019). That number is now likely much higher considering the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although it is a lifesaving intervention, patients who receive mechanical ventilation are at an increased risk for complications, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia, sepsis, volutrauma/barotrauma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and others. These complications may lead to longer ICU and hospital stays, increased risk of disability and death, and increased healthcare costs. For these reasons, clinicians at every level need to understand the concepts, theories, and practices guiding the management of patients receiving mechanical ventilation. 

Describe the underlying physiology that is supported by mechanical ventilation.

Discuss two principles of managing the mechanically ventilated patient

Instructor
Ashley M. Coffey, RN


Disclosure: Ashley M. Coffey, RN discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

A diagnosis of major neurocognitive disorder can be devastating due to the losses associated with the disease. Neurocognitive disorders affect every part of a person’s life, and as behavioral health professionals, we have an opportunity to offer support, comfort, and care. The goal of this course is to provide education to beginner and intermediate addiction specialists, behavioral health counselors, marriage and family therapists, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals working in health and human services settings on how to evaluate, assess, and treat older adults with major neurocognitive disorder.

Identify at least two important aspects of care planning for older adults diagnosed with major neurocognitive disorder.

Recall at least three challenging behaviors that commonly occur among older adults with major neurocognitive disorder.

Indicate non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies you can use to manage challenging behaviors among older adults with major neurocognitive disorder.

Instructor
Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Expert Reviewer
Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, Ph.D.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The focus of this course is coagulopathies. In general, the term coagulopathy refers to bleeding disorders. This course will provide a review of the components of a clot. It will also provide you with valuable information about how to care for those with coagulopathies such as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), and warfarin-induced coagulopathy.

The goal of this course is to provide nurses in the critical care setting with a general overview of coagulopathies, including the recognition and nursing management of ITP, DIC, HIT, and warfarin-induced coagulopathy. 

Describe the etiology and presentation of DIC, ITP, HIT, and warfarin-induced coagulopathy.

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

Identify emergency findings in those with coagulopathies and discuss the appropriate nursing interventions.

Instructor
Tracy Garrison, BSN,RN

1.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Nurses, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical professionals who care for children must have the requisite skills and training on the unique characteristics of a pediatric patient’s respiratory system. Children have significant respiratory system differences compared to adults. These include, but are not limited to: Anatomy, physiology, signs and symptoms of respiratory distress, and respiratory emergencies. In children, the leading cause of cardiopulmonary arrest occurs from etiologies within the respiratory system. Clinicians must understand these differences and be prepared to work collaboratively to quickly respond and provide safe and competent care to any child who is in respiratory distress.

Describe the anatomy and physiology of the pediatric respiratory system and differences vs. adults. 

Recall techniques for conducting a focused assessment of the respiratory system in pediatric patients and interventions for facilitating assessments and treatments. 

Identify clinical manifestations of respiratory distress in pediatric patients. 

Recognize conditions associated with respiratory emergencies in pediatric patients including treatments and interventions.

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

Subject Matter Expert
Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP

Subject Matter Expert
Lawrence Isaacs, MD, FAAEM,FACEP

1.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Worldwide, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) accounts for high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality. It is important to understand the definitions and causes of PPH, as well as the many risk factors associated with PPH and how to assess a woman’s risk. Early recognition is key to have good outcomes. Recognizing PPH, the stages of PPH, and how to measure blood loss is essential, since treatment is based upon the stages of hemorrhage. Additionally, it is important to understand nursing interventions, treatments for PPH (including medication, surgical procedures, and blood products), and teamwork and communication needs to improve perinatal outcomes.

Identify causes and risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage.

Classify the stages of obstetric hemorrhage.

Recall nursing and medical interventions used during the management of postpartum hemorrhage.

Instructor
Kelly LaMonica, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, EFM

Staff Writer
Kimberly Workman, MA

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.

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Every year, workers are injured or killed when the equipment they are working with unexpectedly turns on or the residual energy stored in the equipment is released. Lockout/Tagout, or LOTO, is a set of procedures used to control hazardous energy during the service or maintenance of machine and equipment. The aim of LOTO procedures is to protect workers from the release of hazardous energy.  

The goal of this course is to provide all staff with an overview of lockout/tagout procedures.

Explain key principles of lockout/tagout and why they were implemented.

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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

While strokes can be fatal, symptoms of stroke can be abetted if the patient is treated early enough. Educating patients on stroke prevention is vital for those who are at risk to avoid a medical emergency. In addition, it is important for healthcare providers (HCPs) to understand the etiological risk factors for stroke, as well as management techniques for patients who have already suffered a stroke.

Recognize medical and lifestyle risk factors that can lead to a stroke.

Identify diagnostic measures used to assess stroke risk.

Recall stroke prevention strategies and lifestyle changes.

Staff Writer
Alia Lutz, BSN, RN
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The Health and Medicine Division’s (HMD) Healthy People 2030 and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have highlighted the health disparities affecting LGBTQ+ populations. As evidence of health-illness patterns continues to be reported in the literature, this module presents the complex social determinants of health unique among the LGBTQ+ community. Information will be analyzed based on the six conceptual perspectives for understanding LGBTQ+ health suggested by the HMD: stigma, social constructionism, identity affirmation, life course, intersectionality, and social ecology. The goal of this course is to provide social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, physical therapists, and physicians with education regarding the issues of the LGBTQ+ community within the healthcare system.

Identify the lifespan health considerations of LGBTQ+ individuals (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and older adulthood), including coming out and family systems. Identify social determinants of health and health disparities among LGBTQ+ populations. Define LGBTQ+ health risk factors, including physical, mental, psychosocial, and cultural. Analyze barriers faced by LGBTQ+ people in accessing healthcare and why these barriers exist. Identify strategies for providing sensitive and informed healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community.

Subject Matter Expert
Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
 

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Sexuality and gender identity have received significant attention in the last few decades across the spectrum of health and human services. This module presents a brief overview of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community and its history within society and healthcare systems. It offers definitions of key concepts related to sexuality and gender identity, as well as general implications for clinical education, practice, and research. This topic is constantly evolving, requiring healthcare professionals to continually need education on this topic. The goal of this course is to provide nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, speech-language, and pathology/audiology professionals with education around the historical context of the LGBTQ+ population and best practices when interacting with and providing care for the LGBTQ+ population.

Sexuality and gender identity have received significant attention in the last few decades across the spectrum of health and human services. This module presents a brief overview of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community and its history within society and healthcare systems. It offers definitions of key concepts related to sexuality and gender identity, as well as general implications for clinical education, practice, and research. This topic is constantly evolving, requiring healthcare professionals to continually need education on this topic. The goal of this course is to provide nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, speech-language, and pathology/audiology professionals with education around the historical context of the LGBTQ+ population and best practices when interacting with and providing care for the LGBTQ+ population.

 

Indicate historical events and context affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Define key terminology related to sexual orientation and gender. Identify general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQ+ healthcare recipients.

Subject Matter Expert
Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs), or strokes, are a    leading cause of death in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2021). Patient prognosis and the preservation of functional status are highly dependent on receiving prompt, timely treatment. A thorough understanding of stroke pathophysiology is crucial, as is assessing, diagnosing, and determining the appropriate plan of care. With this understanding, clinicians will be better equipped to make the best possible decisions in the provision of care for their patients.

Identify types of strokes, their etiologies, and symptoms.

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

Describe treatment options for ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

Instructor
Daniel Migliaccio, MD
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

2.00

Launch Course

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of communicating that draws out people’s own thoughts and beliefs in order to help them resolve ambivalence about change. In addition to examining the underlying spirit of MI, you will learn specific skills and techniques that will support the MI processes of engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning with clients as they discover their own reasons for change. The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human service settings with the skills to define and demonstrate the core concepts of Motivational Interviewing.

Identify how the foundational principles and the four processes of Motivational Interviewing help clients consider their own reasons for change.

Recall at least three specific Motivational Interviewing skills you can use to help clients resolve ambivalence in favor of change.

Indicate how Motivational Interviewing is used in different practice settings.

Instructor
Lauren Quick-Graham, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CSI

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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Healthcare professionals often feel unprepared to ask about abuse or to counsel a pregnant woman who is being abused, although they are in a unique position to assess for IPV and to support women who experience it. As such, it is necessary for clinicians to skillfully screen for IPV and offer effective interventions when appropriate.

Recognize three barriers to and three recommendations for assessing IPV.

Recall four questions that are used to assess for IPV.

Identify three intervention strategies for women experiencing IPV.

Writer
Claire Hartman, RN, IBCLC

1.25

Launch Course

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You will learn about the costs, benefits, and goals of integrated care systems. As there are numerous challenges to integrating care, you will become aware of some of these key challenges, and familiar with particular characteristics of well-functioning integrated care systems. Finally, you will learn a variety of ways that behavioral healthcare professionals, including you, can function effectively in an integrated care environment.

Recall the different levels of integrated care and types of integrated care settings.

Indicate at least three tools or interventions you can use to facilitate an integrated approach to care delivery.

Instructor
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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The goal of the course is to discuss how innovations can be recognized, developed, adopted, and disseminated amongst staff, as well as review areas where innovations are likely to change the provision of care. We will also explore the patient’s role in innovation, and how patient and family-centered care will drive ongoing changes.

Review the process of innovation development and dissemination. 

Summarize innovations that are modifying the current healthcare environment. 

Discuss the nurse, patient, and family roles in the future of care delivery.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

0.25

Launch Course

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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.