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1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

Instructor
Robert Smith, PharmD

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Recognize software and hardware requirements for assessing clients remotely.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

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

 

1.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Data is being applied in ways never before seen by payers and providers to drive healthcare improvement through an analytic approach. Data can be applied to improve healthcare costs, quality, and outcomes. To understand how data is being utilized, you must first understand the broad perspective of what experts are calling the “data revolution” in healthcare, or the “age of big data.” It is also important to know what this means from a technology perspective.

There is also a micro-level of healthcare data application within the payer setting that has different ways in which data is helping payers to improve overall population health, manage healthcare costs, and inform the creation of innovative pilot programs. For those working in a healthcare setting, it is important to know how healthcare data is applied from a payer’s perspective. This includes member case management selection, the intersection of healthcare data and member preference, and how data is being used to inform best practices through medical necessity criteria (MNC) and clinical guidelines.

Discuss the background and implications of big data in healthcare.

Describe how data is utilized by case managers within different areas of the payer setting to improve care outcomes, measure case management performance, and identify fraud, waste, and abuse.

Explain how data drives better healthcare through evidence-based decision-making, application of medical necessity criteria, and utilization management.

Instructor
Wendy Waltrip, MSN, RN, CCM

Staff Writer
Alia Lutz, BSN, RN

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

0.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

We have all seen bullies in our lifetime, often as one child picking on another on the playground or teenagers not allowing a student to sit with them at lunchtime. You do not expect to see bullies at work; but, sadly, they are there.

The goal of this course is to educate all employees on how to recognize, respond to, and prevent bullying.

Explain how bullying differs from appropriate professional behavior.

Identify ways to deal with and stop bullying on the job.

Recognize bullying in your own behavior.

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

0.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Culture affects how individuals talk about and recognize their mental health symptoms. It also affects how providers conceptualize and work with individuals with diverse backgrounds. It is important to recognize how culture influences the ways individuals and providers approach mental health. Healthcare providers should be encouraged to use interventions and strategies that assist in delivering culturally competent care.

This course will examine the reasons for healthcare disparities among culturally diverse individuals, how both the cultural backgrounds of patients and their providers can impact patients’ mental health outcomes, and what kinds of actions providers can take to provide more effective care to patients of diverse cultures.

Distinguish between some of the different assumptions and values that mental health providers and individuals hold, which influence their approaches to mental health. Explain why patients of diverse cultures with mental health needs are encountering disparities. Select assessment and intervention strategies that promote culturally competent care.

 

Subject Matter Expert
Amanda Gayle, Ph.D.

0.25

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Expiration:

You work for a company that provides services to many people. You may need to discuss personal information about the people you serve, but this must be done thoughtfully. Everyone’s personal information must be kept safe.

Explain how to protect confidential information.

Recall what to do when confidential information is shared without consent.

Subject Matter Expert
Sherry D. Haszto, MSN, RN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course will provide nurses and imaging professionals with an overview of the diagnostic options in imaging. Diagnostic tests should be ordered in order of the least invasive following the ACR Appropriateness Criteria. In this course, you will learn about diagnostic imaging, ultrasounds, routine x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear imaging.

Recognize the importance of clinical history documentation.

Define the diagnostic options of the various modalities.

Identify the difference between the various contrast agents used in imaging modalities.

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

Subject Matter Expert
Amy Bonadies, RN, BSN

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

About 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced at least one traumatic event (Sidran Institute, 2018). Most overcome their trauma responses without formal intervention. Others, however, experience persistent symptoms that need formal intervention. The goal of this course is to provide addiction, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapists, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with information on how to assess and treat trauma- and stressor-related disorders.

Recognize common symptoms that individuals may have in response to experiencing trauma.

Identify at least three tools that can help screen and assess for trauma-related disorders.

Determine which interventions would be most relevant for someone with a trauma-related disorder.

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

Reviewer
Johnny J. Bethea, II, RPh

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

0.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Robert Smith, PharmD

2.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Expiration:

Abdominal pain is the single most common ED complaint (up to 10% of visits) and is in the top four for emergency medicine litigation. Emergency providers must be proficient in diagnosing abdominal pain to provide excellent care to patients and reduce their risk of being named in litigation. This course will address abdominal pain diagnosis and treatment in the ED for the elderly, adults, children, and young women (of childbearing potential).

State the evaluation of abdominal pain in the elderly.

Recognize the approach to abdominal pain in the post-bariatric surgery patient.

Discuss the presentation of testicular torsion.

Describe the scoring systems for appendicitis in adults and children.

Assess the non-abdominal causes of abdominal pain.

Presenter

Stephen Colucciello, MD, FACEP

 

Planner/Reviewer

Edward Boudreau, DO, FACEP

 

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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Nurses working with older adults will likely encounter wounds. Both acute and chronic wounds are more likely to occur in older adults than their younger counterparts because of the chronic conditions associated with the wounds, such as vascular disease, venous insufficiency, and diabetes mellitus. This course discusses the effects aging has on the skin’s function. It also discusses common wounds seen in older adults. 

Discuss the three primary layers and functions of the skin.

Describe the criteria to include in a wound assessment, including proper measurements.

Explain at least one difference between arterial, venous stasis, and neuropathic ulcers and pressure injuries.

Instructor
Bobbi Whittington, RN, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Laura Anderson, MSN RN, WCC

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Concussions are head injuries that are caused by a traumatic, biomechanical force. The symptoms of concussion are primarily the result of functional disturbances, not structural injuries, and may include headache, dizziness, changes in mood or behavior, and changes in sleep patterns. Despite increased awareness of the injury, concussion remains under-reported and under-diagnosed. Diagnosis of a concussion is based largely on the presence of clinical symptoms as there is no quantitative test for concussion. Neuroimaging is considered to be overused in the acute evaluation of concussions since imaging technologies, such as CT, cannot diagnose concussion. CT can only identify more serious injuries, such as hemorrhages or contusions. In the future, serum biomarkers may be helpful in stratifying patients at increased risk of related injuries or complications from concussion.

Identify signs and symptoms of a concussion in the pediatric patient.

Discuss the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of concussion in the pediatric patient.

List the complications of concussion in the pediatric patient.

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

Expert Reviewer
Olive Peart, MS,RT(R)(M)

 

0.75

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

Boundaries are important in guiding acceptable and unacceptable interactions. People working in service or care professions are often in situations where the lines between a professional and social relationship become blurred. Setting and keeping professional boundaries are key to protecting your clients, yourself, and the service or care process. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in health and human services settings with information about professional boundaries, boundary crossings and violations, and situations when crossing a boundary may be acceptable.

Define professional boundaries.

Differentiate between a social relationship and professional relationship.

Explain three differences between a boundary crossing and a boundary violation.

Identify three considerations when deciding whether it is appropriate to intentionally cross a professional boundary.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, MS

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Obesity rates in the U.S. have risen to the level of an epidemic, as 1 in 3 adults are affected by this disease. Obesity is a disease that significantly affects a person’s health and is not simply due to poor diet and lack of exercise. This course introduces healthcare professionals to the causes, management, and treatment options for adult obesity.

The goal of this course is to familiarize healthcare professionals with the growing epidemic of obesity among adults in the U.S.

Identify the current problem and contributing factors of obesity in the U.S.

Describe the management and treatment options for obesity.

Subject Matter Expert
Sooa Devereaux, MSN, RN

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

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:

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

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

This course provides an overview about the safety of patients undergoing a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) to attempt a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC). Research evidence has influenced where VBACs are performed, which women are eligible and how the practice is conducted, including the safe use of induction/augmentation medications. The safety of VBAC for mother and newborn always remains the primary underlying principle that guides care.

Identify three risk factors and benefits associated with TOLAC and recommendations for safe TOLAC.

Recall essential components of nursing education, informed consent, safe medication administration, and fetal assessment related to TOLAC.

Writer
Claire Hartman, RN, IBCLC

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

A common complication of pregnancy is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). GDM is a type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women who normally do not have diabetes. Proper diet, exercise, and pharmacological interventions can help your patient have a healthy pregnancy and baby. The goal of this course is to educate nurses and registered dietitians in acute care settings on current screening recommendations, diagnostic criteria, blood glucose goals, and treatment interventions for GDM. 

Recognize risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus.

Define at least one fetal and one maternal complication resulting from gestational diabetes mellitus.

Recall three interventions to achieve target blood glucose goals and improve outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus.

Writer
Meredith Moyers MS, RD, LDN

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

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

More than 20% of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are obtained in intensive care units (ICUs) even though ICU beds make up less than 10% of the total beds in most hospitals (Marchaim & Kaye, 2021). Sepsis and infections account for 40% of all expenditures in this setting and are the leading cause of death in noncardiac ICUs. However, the incidence of sepsis in the ICU population continues to rise. Patients in ICUs have a multitude of factors that put them at high risk for infection. Critical care nurses play a vital role in preventing ICU-acquired infections but must have the right knowledge and skills to do so.

Describe factors that contribute to the high incidence of ICU-acquired infections and associated poor patient outcomes.

Describe evidence-based practices for preventing ICU-acquired infections.

Staff Writer
Cathryn Ayers, RN

0.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Data must be presented in a way that is quick and easy for the target audience to understand and facilitates timely and effective decision-making about how best to respond. Interpreting and using data are essential components of evidence-based nursing practice, which has been linked to improved patient outcomes and quality of care. However, many nurses do not use evidence-based practice (EBP) or participate in nursing research efforts. Understanding data collection and presentation methods are an important first step to greater nurse participation in EBP and quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Describe data collection and presentation methods that are best for understanding quality of care performance and making decisions that are timely and actionable.

Recognize the relationship between nursing research, data presentation, and evidence-based practice.

Instructor
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Heart failure (HF) treatment is costly and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Evidence-based treatment guidelines improve patient outcomes, and it is essential to become familiar with these guidelines to reduce patient mortality. Healthcare team members play a significant role in treating acute HF (AHF), helping to reduce the morbidity and mortality of the disease and decrease the use and costs associated with care. This course aims to educate nurses and nutrition and dietetics professionals in the acute care setting about evidence-based heart failure treatment guidelines.

Describe heart failure, including its classification systems, presentation, treatment, and evidence-based therapies.

Describe strategies for patient self-management.

Writer
Zeliha Ozen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL

Subject Matter Expert
Kristine Anne Scordo, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAANP

Reviewer
Meredith Moyers MS, RD, LDN

1.75

Launch Course

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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Dependent and older adults are a population who are vulnerable to abuse from someone they know, such as family members, service or care providers, and others. There are hundreds of thousands of investigated reports of cases of abuse each year. And yet, it is well known that dependent adult abuse and elder abuse are significantly under-reported. This type of abuse has a significant impact on the adult victim’s health, safety, emotional well-being, and ability to engage in daily life. The first step to addressing the problem is to heighten awareness of abuse of dependent and older individuals, in particular among those who serve them or have frequent contact with them. Individuals working with dependent and older adults must be knowledgeable about the common types of abuse perpetrated against these adults. They should also be familiar with the responsibilities related to reporting suspected or known dependent adult abuse or elder abuse.

Indicate three possible signs that an older or dependent adult may be experiencing abuse. Recall the appropriate steps you should take as a mandated reporter when abuse toward an older or dependent adult is identified. Identify ways that you can support older and dependent adults and their families through specific interventions when abuse has been identified.

Subject Matter Expert
Amanda Gayle, Ph.D.

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

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Health inequities in pain management are prevalent across different healthcare settings. The cultural, ethnic, and social differences influence patients’ and providers’ perceptions and responses to pain. Several studies report higher incidences of pain, disability, and suffering in women and people of color compared to non-Hispanic White people. This course covers influential sociocultural factors grouped into the patient, the provider, and systemic factors. This course helps healthcare professionals become familiar with cultural differences associated with pain perceptions and management. Pain variables such as culture, religion or ethnicity are not part of standardized pain scales. Healthcare workers need to provide culturally competent care to their patients by asking about specific practices, beliefs, and values regarding pain that impacts the patient’s quality of life.

The goal of this course is to provide nurses, physicians, and social workers with an overview of cultural sensitivity in the management of pain.

Identify cultural factors influencing the patient’s perception and expression of pain.

Recall strategies for reducing barriers in pain assessment and promoting management decisions to respond to a patient’s pain in a culturally sensitive manner.

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Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE

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Maternal death is increasing in the U.S., with cardiovascular disease (CVD) being a primary cause of mortality in pregnancy (Lindley et al., 2021). Patients with CVD who are pregnant require a multidisciplinary approach, such as a cardio-obstetrics team, and close monitoring to preserve maternal and fetal health. Nurses who work in gynecology and obstetrics should have a basic understanding of the effects of pregnancy on cardiovascular health. They should also be aware of common CVD pathologies seen in pregnancy.

The goal of this course is to provide nursing professionals in acute care with a general overview of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy.

Recognize common effects of pregnancy on the cardiovascular system, as well as risk factors and signs and symptoms for CVD in pregnancy.

Discuss the pathologies and management of acquired, congenital, or inherited CVD and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Subject Matter Expert
Alia Lutz, BA, BSN, RN

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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.

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

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

Recognize important assessment areas for the post-anesthesia patient.

Describe complications of anesthesia and their treatments.

Instructor
Nicole Strickland, BA, BSN, RN, CPAN

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

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

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

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

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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

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Kim Matthews, RN

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Establishing an effective corporate compliance program helps healthcare organizations prevent, detect, and correct unlawful and unethical behavior. This course discusses the laws and behaviors related to ethics. It also discusses your responsibilities in preventing and identifying unlawful and unethical behavior. The goal of this course is to familiarize general staff in healthcare settings with the most common types of fraudulent and improper conduct.

Identify common high-risk areas for fraudulent conduct.

Recall at least three types of fraudulent or other improper conduct.

Staff Writer
Annette Brownlee BSN, RN

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This course provides information on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)  regulations regarding hazardous chemical hazards and toxic substances in the workplace, and the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)  as aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).  

The goal of this course is to provide all staff with an overview of how to work safely with hazardous materials and what to do in the event of a hazardous chemical spill.

Define a hazardous chemical.

Discuss the OSHA standard for hazardous chemicals.

Writer

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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eams with talented people and a skilled leader are often unable to maintain optimum results over a long period of time. Team leaders must continually assess, evaluate, and monitor the team’s motivation level toward achieving its goals. They must also facilitate emotional buy-in and commitment. This course provides healthcare staff with an overview of how to motivate and enhance a team.

Explain the difference between a team and a group. 

Apply motivational approaches to facilitate an effective team environment and engaged workforce. 

Recognize the importance of assessing and evaluating the current state of your team.

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

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Computed tomography (CT) scans are essential for emergent and urgent diagnosis of brain injuries. CT scans are preferred over other forms of imaging due to their availability, lower comparable costs, and the brief amount of time it takes to perform. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines, a patient presenting with stroke-like symptoms should have a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) completed within 20 minutes of arriving to the emergency department (ED) (Powers et al., 2019). Understanding the anatomy of the normal, injured, or diseased brain can help improve awareness of common brain injuries that can be diagnosed with a CT scan. The goal of this course is to educate nursing and radiology professionals in the acute care setting on common disorders that affect the brain and the role of the CT scan.

Describe the basic anatomy of the brain and the changes that occur after injury.

List the common types of injuries that can be diagnosed with a head CT scan and the basic medical or surgical management of those injuries.

Recognize the differences between a normal CT scan and a CT scan of an injured brain.

Writer
Amy Bonadies, RN, BSN

Subject Matter Expert
Hayley Johnson, BS, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)

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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

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While most health centers have some quality improvement (QI) functions established, many have not implemented a comprehensive, organization-wide QI program. Improving patient care and outcomes is the primary goal of QI programs. There are also financial benefits to providing quality care, especially as our healthcare system, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), moves towards a “pay for performance” model (NEJM Catalyst, 2018b). This course will explain a comprehensive approach to implementing QI systems. You will learn about the essential elements of a QI program, including principles, program infrastructure, and process components. You will also learn how you can put the Model for Improvement QI methodology into action. Finally, you will learn how to identify quality-related problems using proactive and reactive strategies.

Recall the key components of a successful quality improvement program. Describe models and national initiatives for quality improvement and how they can benefit individuals receiving care from your organization. Indicate at least three specific actions you can implement in your setting to improve the quality of care provided.

Editor
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

Subject Matter Expert
Alison Shely

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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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Recent movement toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is encouraging for historically overlooked individuals. It brings a variety of frequently ignored perspectives and experiences, but it has also uncovered the depth of implicit biases.

Biases are among the most significant factors for healthcare. This course presents the impact of implicit biases and other forms of discrimination on the provision of healthcare, as well as best practices to reduce implicit bias.

The goal of this course is to provide healthcare employees with training about implicit bias in healthcare.

Define implicit bias.

Describe the impact of historical discrimination on the provision of healthcare.

Identify methods of evaluating the presence and extent of implicit bias.

Describe measures that can be taken to reduce implicit bias.

Subject Matter Expert
Juan Armando Rojas Joo, Ph.D.

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The goal of this course is to provide nurses and prescribing providers (physicians) in all healthcare settings with best practices to improve their care team approach to patients with depression and anxiety.

Recall care team best practices, including collaboration, communication, and roles.

Identify how care team best practices can improve outcomes for patients with depression and anxiety.

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

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

Identify three classifications of medications.

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

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

Staff Writer
Kathleen Koopmann, RN, BSN, PCCN

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Understanding the risks for and motivations behind active shooter events, how your body and mind may respond to stress, and how best to prepare for an active shooter event is the best way to protect yourself and others, should the unthinkable occur in your facility.

The goal of this course is to educate healthcare professionals in all settings about specific actions for assessing the risks for, preventing, and responding to an active shooter event.

Review definitions, statistics, and trends of active shooter events.

Explain the natural responses of the human body when exposed to danger.

Evaluate and discuss ways in which training and preparation can be incorporated into institution protocols.

Instructor
Ashley M. Coffey, RN

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Having sound critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills makes the difference between keeping patients safe and putting them in harm‘s way. This educational activity addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It reviews results from key studies and gives strategies for developing the thinking skills needed to function as a 21st century healthcare professional.

Determine critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgement in the context of your practice.

Select characteristics and skills that demonstrate critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment.

Choose strategies to improve your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills as part of the interprofessional team.

Instructor
Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre, MSN, RN, ANEF
Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE

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You have probably heard about an “IQ” score that measures intelligence, but have you ever heard of “emotional intelligence” or EQ? Emotional intelligence is your ability to understand, express, and manage your emotions, as well as your insight into what the people around you are feeling. EQ can add to your quality of life and contribute to career success. In this course, you’ll learn about developing emotional awareness, which is the foundation of emotional intelligence.

Describe emotional intelligence.

Explain how to recognize your feelings and the feelings of others.

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

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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

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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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As a professional nurse, you are expected to be familiar with many aspects of care. You are not exempt from malpractice or negligence claims because you were following orders. You are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating appropriate nursing care. What you document can and does reflect the care provided and the outcomes of that care. Documentation that is factual, complete, timely, and detailed is required. In this course, you will learn about concepts and rules regarding documentation in the medical record. Legal aspects to be aware of while practicing will also be discussed. The goal of this course is to educate nursing professionals in post-acute care settings about the legal implications of documentation.

Discuss malpractice, negligence, and compensatory and punitive damages as they relate to healthcare. Explain four intentional torts that a healthcare professional may be held liable for. Describe four documentation techniques to use to avoid legal issues.

Subject Matter Expert
Tameka N. Warren, MSN, RN, CLC

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Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects millions of people all over the world. This course presents the basics of diabetes, current medical treatments, and nursing care for people with diabetes. 

The goal of this course is to educate nursing professionals in all settings on basic pathophysiology, diagnosis, complications, and management of diabetes.

Describe the pathophysiology and diagnosis of the three main types of diabetes.

Recognize the common complications associated with uncontrolled diabetes.

Identify at least three diabetes management interventions for an individual with diabetes.

Subject Matter Expert
Tameka N. Warren, MSN, RN, CLC

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The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) is required to demonstrate competency in the domain of emergency nursing which includes knowledge of gynecological and obstetrical conditions and diseases, their signs and symptoms, management, and applicable nursing interventions.

Identify signs and symptoms of gynecological and obstetrical emergencies and injuries.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of gynecological and obstetrical conditions including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

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Antibiotic stewardship is a movement to improve antibiotic use through evidence-based practice. Team members become the stewards of antibiotics. This helps these medications continue to effectively fight infections. Antibiotic stewardship follows core elements to improve the use of antibiotics and their outcomes. This course discusses the core elements and benefits of an antibiotic stewardship program.
 

Describe the elements of an antibiotic stewardship program.

Identify at least three benefits of antibiotic stewardship.

Subject Matter Expert
Kathleen Koopmann, RN, BSN, PCCN

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Pediatric patients are not adults. The pediatric patient requires special attention and can sometimes present a challenge to the radiologic technologist’s interpersonal skills. When working with a pediatric patient, the technologist will need to fully use their technical knowledge. However, the technologist will also need to develop patience and have a deeper understanding of how to use effective communication skills. Although immobilization devices are often necessary, their utilization is only after less restrictive measures have been utilized. It is important to remember that the most effective method of avoiding the need to immobilize a patient is communication.

List professional, age-effective communication strategies for pediatric patients, parents or guardians during radiographic procedures.

Describe safe methods of immobilizing a pediatric patient.

Discuss proper radiation protection and safety measures, techniques, and practices used in pediatric radiography (ALARA principle).

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


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

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Non-accredited Education

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

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

Instructor
Isla C. Miller

Expert Reviewer
Justin Hess, MS

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ANCC Accreditation

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This 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

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

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

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

Recall characteristics of effective leaders and supportive followers.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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In an emergency department, information often flows amongst providers and patients quickly because of urgent, sometimes life-threatening, situations. Due to the volume of information being shared, as well as the need for it to be shared quickly and accurately, emergency department providers must be especially careful to safeguard patient information.

The goal of this course is to update nursing professionals in the acute care setting with basic information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2.

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

Define the concept of consent, when you must obtain it to share or receive information, and the types of information that may not be available to you.

Instructor
Amanda C Richards, MA, LPCC, LADC, MAC

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Members of the healthcare team must be able to recognize symptoms of bacterial meningitis to expedite testing and treatment, and advocate for preventive vaccination among appropriate age groups. With knowledge of preventive measures and awareness of early symptoms, the impact of meningitis can be greatly reduced.

Define meningitis and identify meningitis classifications.

List common causes, symptoms, and complications of bacterial meningitis.

Identify treatment and prevention strategies for bacterial meningitis and associated complications.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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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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The use of technology has bloomed in the healthcare industry. While technology’s use has improved the delivery and continuity of care, it increases the chance that an unauthorized person will be able to access individuals’ protected health information, or PHI. Therefore, to protect electronic PHI, your organization is required to follow a specific HIPAA rule, known as the Security Rule.

The goal of this course is to describe the Security Rule and ways you can prevent breaches.

Describe the HIPAA Security Rule.

Identify at least three ways to prevent breaches of the HIPAA Security Rule.

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

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ANCC Accreditation

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Despite great strides in the reduction of medical errors, mistakes that result in patient harm remain too frequent in American healthcare institutions. In recent years, healthcare systems and institutions have sought to emulate the model of the high reliability organization or HRO. HROs are known for their safe operation and limited degree of failure despite engaging in potentially hazardous and highly complex activities. Researchers have identified several distinctive qualities specific to HROs that may be applied to healthcare contexts, with some caveats. Due to their unique and ubiquitous role within healthcare institutions, nurses have the potential to make significant contributions to this process.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses with knowledge of the characteristics and principles of high reliability organizations and the role of nurses in supporting high reliability.

Describe the characteristics and principles of high reliability organizations.

Describe the role and responsibilities of nursing in supporting high reliability organizations.

Instructor
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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Aneurysms can be deadly and can come on suddenly. Knowing what to do to help your patient with an aneurysm could be the difference between life and death for them. Early detection and management are the best tools to prevent a fatal outcome. Healthcare professionals should know what an aneurysm is, which of their patients are at highest risk, the signs and symptoms of an aneurysm, and how to manage an emergency rupture. This course focuses on central arterial aneurysms of the abdominal and thoracic aorta.

Recall concepts associated with vascular physiology and types of aneurysms.

Recognize clinical manifestations of central arterial aneurysms and associated risk factors.

Apply common techniques for managing patients with abdominal and thoracic aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, and dissections.

Writer
Sarah Hunter, RN, CNRN, CMSRN

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ANCC Accreditation

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The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) is required to demonstrate competency in the domain of emergency nursing which includes knowledge of maxillofacial and ocular emergencies, their signs and symptoms, management, and applicable nursing interventions. 

The goal of this course is to review the knowledge domains specific to maxillofacial and ocular emergencies included as a part of the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) exam.

This course is not affiliated with the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN).

Identify signs and symptoms and the management of life-threatening maxillofacial illnesses and injuries.

Analyze strategies to manage ocular conditions and emergencies.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

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In healthcare there is a saying that if it was not documented, it did not happen. While this saying is typically used by healthcare providers and nursing staff, it is also true for managers and human resource professionals. Your goal for documentation is to officially record agreements with employees, actions taken, goals set, and employee issues. Documentation not only helps protect your organization, it also helps make important staff decisions. When you understand your documentation responsibility and when documentation is necessary and helpful, you will be in a better position to lead your staff. Good documentation promotes clarity and understanding. This course discusses when and what people managers should document. It also discusses documentation best practices.

Describe the manager’s role and responsibility in documentation.

Indicate at least three personnel matters that require manager documentation.

Subject Matter Expert
Annette Brownlee BSN, RN

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While much of the responsibility for nurse retention has been placed on the administration hierarchy, nurses themselves must take an active role in understanding why colleagues choose to remain in their jobs. Nurses play a vital role in developing and implementing strategies that create an engaging and rewarding work culture. Improving nurse retention also directly improves patient outcomes.

Discuss the benefits of retention on the quality of patient care and the reasons nurses leave an organization.

Recall strategies for retaining nurses in the workplace.

Subject Matter Expert
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

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Non-accredited Education

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

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

Examine common issues in cultural diversity.

Identify appropriate responses to cultures that differ from your own.

Benjamin Reese, Jr., Psy.D.

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

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

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

Explain where and how earthquakes and tsunamis occur.

Identify potential hazards before an earthquake.

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

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

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ANCC Accreditation

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 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

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Non-accredited Education

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Influenza, also known as the “flu,” can have a significant cost due to restricted activities, illness, and deaths. Pregnant women, children, older adults, and individuals with respiratory or chronic debilitating conditions are particularly vulnerable to serious complications of influenza. This course will teach you simple steps to protect yourself and those you serve from getting or spreading the flu.  

The goal of this course is to provide all staff with the basics of flu prevention, symptoms, and treatment strategies.

Identify signs and symptoms of influenza. Describe ways to prevent the spread of influenza viruses.

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

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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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ANCC Accreditation

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Treatment planning documentation is a critical link between the client, the services you provide, and the client’s progress. This course will reinforce what you already know about plans of care while offering you direction and structure for capturing the real therapeutic relationship on paper. You will learn how to better represent the care process by incorporating the core principles for clinical documentation. You will take a fresh look at ways to record your client’s strengths, goals, and treatment objectives, while also evaluating methods to accurately represent interventions, outcomes, and discharge plans. The goal of this course is to provide professionals in addictions, behavioral health counseling, case management, care management, marriage and family therapy, psychology, social work, and nurses in a health and human services setting with current strategies and recommendations for effective and person-centered treatment planning documentation.

Recall the seven core principles of effective treatment planning documentation and three effective ways to document client strengths and barriers to treatment during the planning process.

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

Instructor
Jacob Helton, Psy.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

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Improving hospital processes surrounding discharge and transitions of care can reduce adverse events and readmissions. Process improvements may also lead to better patient adherence to the treatment plan and their overall experience with care. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey is a national standardized survey required for hospitals participating in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs. Survey results are linked to hospital reimbursement from CMS. This course provides updated information for clinicians about care coordination and transitions of care in relation to HCAHPS.

Determine the impacts of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) programs on healthcare organizations.

Categorize transitions of care, care coordination, and discharge planning.

Select strategies to improve interprofessional teamwork.

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

Expert Reviewer
Deborah Zastocki, DNP, EdM, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE(r)

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. The federal laws are very specific about the ways in which you, as an employer, are expected to select, promote, and accommodate your employees. You can be held liable for discrimination whether or not you intentionally discriminated against your employee, so it is imperative that you understand the federal laws prohibiting discrimination.

Identify at least five employment practices that may constitute discrimination. Identify at least three examples of “reasonable accommodation” of employees and “undue hardship” to an organization.

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

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) is required to demonstrate competency in the domain of emergency nursing which includes knowledge of cardiovascular conditions and emergencies, such as acute coronary syndrome, aortic aneurysm/dissection, and cardiopulmonary arrest.

Identify signs and symptoms of cardiovascular emergencies and conditions.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of cardiovascular emergencies, including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The purpose of this program is to inform the emergency nurse of medical emergencies, including a comprehensive assessment and appropriate intervention.

Identify signs and symptoms of medical conditions and injuries.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of medical conditions including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

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Launch Course

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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)

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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

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

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

Identify disease trends associated with MDROs.

Identify the most common MDROs.

Identify how to decrease the transmission of MDROs.

Describe the national approach to combat MDROs.

Describe the psychosocial effects of treatment.

Instructor
Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN

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This course will offer a blend of ethical and legal information, clinical vignettes, and strategies that can later be applied in therapeutic settings. The content of this course includes information about informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, boundaries, mandatory reporting, and rules for sharing information. The course assumes the learner has a basic understanding of telehealth technologies and formats. To learn more, you can search the Relias library for additional courses related to telehealth.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions professionals, behavioral health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses in health and human services settings with strategies and information for competent and ethical telehealth practice.

Name the key sources of information that inform ethical and legal telehealth service delivery.

Identify at least two competencies required for delivering telehealth services.

List specific steps for ensuring confidentiality, informed consent, appropriate boundaries, mandated reporting, and sharing of information within telehealth service delivery.

Describe common ethical missteps and legal problems that arise with telehealth service delivery and how providers can avoid these issues.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP

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ANCC Accreditation

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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

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Symptoms such as fever, cough, and chills can alert you to the presence of an infectious or communicable disease in a child. When identified, these symptoms can alert you to potential concerns in your environment. Some symptoms are less obvious and may require careful inspection of the child to determine potential risk factors. Children are exposed to a variety of environments. Caregivers working with families must have the ability to identify health care concerns quickly to stop the spread of disease.

Identify common signs and symptoms of communicable diseases in children.

Indicate effective prevention and management strategies for reducing the occurrence and impact of communicable diseases.

Instructor
Pamela Green, LCSW RPT

Expert Reviewer
Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN

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ANCC Accreditation

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This course explains the concept of a professional therapeutic boundary and how it differs from a personal relationship. You will learn about the ethical role of the clinical practitioner in establishing appropriate roles and boundaries, the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations, how to appropriately use social media and other technology, and how to recognize situations with high potential for harmful boundary violations. As you master these skills, you will become more effective in maintaining an appropriate relationship between you and your clients.

Recall the meaning of a therapeutic boundary and the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.

Indicate how to avoid the red flags of boundary violations.

Discuss current standards for use of social media and other technology pertaining to maintaining therapeutic boundaries.

Instructor
Amanda Gayle, Ph.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

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Hospitals and providers currently receive reimbursement by meeting criteria established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Quality measures and length of stay data are measures that affect hospital reimbursement. Yet the patient’s experience of care also remains a key factor in hospital reimbursement models. CMS uses the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to measure the patient’s experience, and nursing care is one part of the survey. Hospitals that perform well on the HCAHPS ratings are more likely to receive better reimbursement and bonuses. Nurses impact hospital ratings and reimbursement by providing the patient with a positive care experience.

Describe the impact of patients’ perception of their care experience on hospital reimbursement.

Discuss HCAHPS survey questions about staff responsiveness and strategies for improving survey ratings for these items.

Discuss the HCAHPS survey questions about medications and strategies for improving survey ratings for these items.

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

Staff Writer
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN

1.00

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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.

1.00

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, minority groups will outnumber what is now considered mainstream culture by the middle of this century. Healthcare professionals need to heighten their awareness about the importance of role, culture, and tradition in preventing and treating women’s unique healthcare problems. When there is a lack of cultural sensitivity in communication, patients are less likely to be content with their healthcare experience, increasing the likelihood of miscommunication and possible cultural disparities. These factors can also cause non-compliance with treatment, worse health outcomes, and a higher incidence of adverse events.

The goal of this course is to equip healthcare professionals with knowledge of the impact of culture on women’s health beliefs and practices and their responses to current approaches to care.

Recall different cultural practices that impact women in various stages of life. Identify two cultural practices that interfere with women’s health. Recognize ways to provide culturally competent care to women.

Subject Matter Expert
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

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ANCC Accreditation

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he purpose of this course is to inform the emergency nurse of communicable diseases, including a comprehensive assessment and appropriate interventions.

Identify alterations in the biological, physiological, and psychological status of patients experiencing communicable disease emergencies.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of communicable disease conditions including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The purpose of this program is to inform the emergency nurse of common orthopedic emergencies, including a comprehensive assessment and appropriate interventions.

Identify signs and symptoms of orthopedic and wound emergencies.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of orthopedic and wound emergencies including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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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Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is special clothing or equipment that protects employees from infectious diseases. When worn properly, PPE protects your skin, mouth, nose, and eyes from infectious materials such as viruses and bacteria. This course will review how to choose the correct PPE. It will also provide educational resources for commonly used chemicals.

The goal of this course is to teach all staff in all post-acute settings how to choose the correct PPE.

Identify hazards that require personal protective equipment (PPE).

Recall situations that require PPE and the proper order for donning and doffing PPE.

Identify hazardous chemical resources.

Subject Matter Expert
Stephanie Whitfield, MSN, RN, CPN

1.00

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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

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Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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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)

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Kathleen Taylor, MA, LMHC

0.50

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ANCC Accreditation

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Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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Sepsis is the result of a dysregulated host response to severe infection that can result in systemic inflammation, immune system dysfunction, coagulopathies, multi-organ system failure, and death (Rhodes et al., 2017). The signs and symptoms of sepsis can vary in onset and presentation and depend on many individual patient factors. Early recognition and intervention is key to improving patient outcomes. Nurses are vital in this role as they are readily at the bedside and able to continually assess the patient and communicate changes in patient condition to providers. The goal of this course is to challenge the learner’s ability to identify key risk factors for sepsis and recognize signs and symptoms of early and progressive sepsis. It will also challenge the learner to accurately anticipate management strategies in the treatment of sepsis and sepsis-related complications.

Identify key risk factors for sepsis.

Recognize the signs and symptoms for early and progressive sepsis.

Identify management strategies and in the treatment of sepsis and potential sepsis-related complications.

Instructor
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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Origination: Expiration:

Social media and other forms of electronic communication allow people to instantly share pictures and messages with anyone, anywhere. But as the opportunities to share information online have increased, so have the challenges for keeping information private.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, was designed to protect individuals’ rights and their personal healthcare information. HIPAA applies to both the storage and transfer of electronic protected health information, so these electronic communications must be handled carefully.

Describe at least three ways to avoid HIPAA violations when using electronic communication.

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

1.00

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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

1.00

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, MOC, and ANCC

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was implemented in 1996 and has evolved significantly. While HIPAA regulations have many varying components, the part of HIPAA most relevant to healthcare professionals, however, centers around the protection of an individual’s healthcare information. Because you play a key role in the production of healthcare information, you play a key role in its protection.

The goal of this course is to provide licensed professionals with an understanding of HIPAA, privacy, and security.

Describe the intent of HIPAA. Apply professional practices that protect privacy. Recognize practices that protect the security of electronic protected health information.

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

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Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand, express, and regulate your own emotions. It also refers to your awareness of what the people around you are feeling. One of the hallmark skills of EQ is the ability keep your emotional brain and your thinking brain working together, even in intense or stressful situations. Why is this important? What can it do for you?

The goal of this course is to teach all staff strategies to manage emotions.

Choose between responding intentionally to a conflict and reacting on the basis of emotions. Apply practices to strengthen your emotional intelligence, or EQ.

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) is required to demonstrate competency in the domain of emergency nursing which includes knowledge of cardiovascular conditions and emergencies, such as acute coronary syndrome, aortic aneurysm/dissection, and cardiopulmonary arrest.

The goal of this course is to inform the emergency nurse of cardiovascular conditions and emergencies, including a comprehensive assessment and appropriate intervention.

Identify signs and symptoms of cardiovascular emergencies and conditions.

Describe a comprehensive plan for the care of cardiovascular emergencies, including diagnostic and treatment interventions, and patient education.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The purpose of this program is to describe the impact of professional practice issues as they relate to the emergency nurse, their patients, and the health care system.

Recognize vulnerable patient populations and sensitive care situations facing emergency nurses.

Identify professional practice issues across the health care system that support high-quality patient care and satisfaction.

Instructor
Rhoda Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN

1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that mandates unpaid leave, job protection, and other benefits for eligible employees who face specific family or medical challenges. As an employer or supervisor, you need to know what obligations the FMLA imposes on your organization when an employee requests leave from their job. This course introduces you to key provisions of the FMLA such as which employees have rights under the FMLA and the circumstances under which they are eligible to take protected leave. 

The goal of this course is to educate administrators and human resource (HR) professionals in all healthcare settings about the Family Medical Leave Act. 

Discuss the FMLA mandates regarding employee leave and reinstatement.

Determine whether the FMLA applies to employees at your organization.

Identify at least two FMLA-qualifying events.

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

Reviewer
Edward Bartels, RN, BSN, MICN

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

List three indications for a hysterectomy

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

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

Instructor
Kathleen Cross, MSN, RNC-OB, LCCE

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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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Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course, which was designed to comply with HIPAA law, will help you protect the privacy of the people you provide care for. Allowing unauthorized individuals to see a person’s personal health information can have severe consequences for you and your organization, even if it happens by accident.

The goal of this course is to provide post-acute care staff with basic information about the principles of confidentiality, privacy, and security.

Explain why HIPAA exists.

Identify at least three things in the medical record that can be used to identify an individual.

Describe at least three best practices to prevent HIPAA violations.

Expert Reviewer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC

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Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 795,000 people within the U.S. experience a stroke annually, and among these individuals, over 75% experience a stroke for the first time (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2021). Stroke, a national and international neurological problem, is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death globally (World Health Organization [WHO], 2020; American Stroke Association [ASA], n.d.). Nurses need to be informed about the urgency of early treatment to be proactive in educating their communities. They also need to understand the resulting behavioral differences created in right- versus left-hemispheric strokes, and how a lack of knowledge can negatively impact immediate post-stroke care.

Identify the risk factors, causes, and acute treatment strategies of strokes.

Recognize the neurologic deficits associated with left- and right-sided strokes, the significance of post-stroke depression, and the importance of depression screening.

Instructor
Andrea Powell, RN, BSN

1.00

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Proper functioning of the endocrine system is essential to checks and balances that maintain internal equilibrium. Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) plays a major role in controlling fluid balance. The release of ADH is initiated when the body recognizes a low circulating blood volume causing an increase in water absorption. Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) is a condition in which the body has an increased response to ADH or an excessive amount of ADH is secreted. In this course, you will learn about SIADH and associated nursing care.

Explain the role of ADH in the regulation of fluid volume.

Describe treatment and nursing care for patients with SIADH.

Identify risk factors, common signs and symptoms, and potential complications of SIADH.

Instructor
Cathryn Ayers, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Critical thinking is the cognitive process of analyzing or evaluating information, and the “disposition to be deliberate about thinking that lead to action that is logical and appropriate” (Von Colln-Appling & Giuliano, 2017, p. 106). Critical thinking involves using a variety of cognitive skills and making an intellectual commitment to using the information gained to inform and direct behavior. This course covers the critical thinking process and describes its relevance and benefits, as well as practical ways to apply critical thinking for nurses and leaders in healthcare settings. While this course focuses on the application of critical thinking in the nursing profession, concepts and strategies presented in this course can be applied to all aspects of healthcare.

Explain critical thinking and its relevance in healthcare.

Describe critical thinking skills and how to use them.

Identify the steps involved in the critical thinking process.

Identify ways to improve one’s critical thinking.