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Courses

Title Duration Sort ascending CME Certified
6.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This multi-lesson module provides suicide training according to State of Washington requirements. The four lessons cover: (1) "Suicide Risk Factors, Screening, and Assessment," providing in-depth information on how to identify risk factors of suicide, as well as best practices for suicide screening and assessment; (2) "Interventions for Suicide Risk and Postvention for Suicide Loss Survivors," with information about evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions, as well as approaches for suicide postvention; (3) "Community-Based Suicide Prevention," discussing community-based, primary prevention approaches for reducing suicide risk; and (4) "Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans," discussing suicide in military and veteran populations and its health significance, risks, rates, factors, and interventions.

This course is featured on the Washington State Department of Health's 2017 Model List of approved programs.

Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.

List specific populations that are at increased risk of suicide.

Explain how to effectively use suicide screening instruments to identify individuals at risk.

Summarize the major components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.

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

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

List ways you can reduce suicide contagion through responsible communication about suicide.

Discuss how you would use postvention strategies with those affected by or bereaved by suicide.

Explain the public health model of suicide prevention.

List strategies that can be used to bolster individual and environmental protective factors.

Describe three primary prevention programs used to reduce suicide risk in various community settings.

State the basic tenets of responsible public messaging about suicide.

Identify risk and protective factors for suicide that are either specific to or more prevalent for the military than in the civilian population.

Discuss how the theories of suicidal behavior apply specifically to the military population.

Demonstrate how evidence-based strategies can be used to more effectively assess risk and manage suicidal behavior in a clinical setting.

Instructors
Randy Martin, PhD

Monique Kahn, PsyD

Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA

Jenna Ermold, PhD

Michelle Cornette, PhD

Regina Shillinglaw, PhD

Marjan G. Holloway, PhD

Lisa French, PsyD

2.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Describe the eligibility, benefits, and administration of Medicaid.

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

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

Instructor
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program

2.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Define Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans.

Describe how MA Plans work.

Explain eligibility requirements and enrollment.

Recognize types of MA Plans.

Identify other Medicare health plans.

Recall rights, protections, and appeals.

Summarize the Medicare Marketing Guidelines.

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

2.25

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Identify the anatomical and physiological aspects of the liver.

Identify causes of hepatic failure.

Describe symptoms and complications of liver disease and hepatic failure.

Discuss diagnostic and monitoring strategies for patients with liver disease.

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

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

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

2.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Identify strategies to reduce behavioral health treatment errors.

Identify your responsibility in reporting medical errors.

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

Instructor
Angela Giles, DBH, LCSW

Staff Writer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

2.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course explains Medicare-Covered Preventive Services, and was developed and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace. It includes information on which preventive services are covered, who can receive them, when said services are covered, how much you pay, and where to get more information.

Learn which preventive services are covered.

Define who is eligible to receive them.

Describe when preventive services are covered.

Learn how much you pay.

Learn where to get more information.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

2.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Describe what Medigap policies are.

Define key Medigap terms.

List the steps in buying a Medigap policy.

Identify the best time to buy a Medigap policy.

Explain guaranteed issue rights.

Outline where to get information on Medigap rights and protections.

Relias Learning

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

One of the areas governed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is the use and disclosure of written and verbal communications that mental health and substance-use disorder providers (behavioral health providers) have with each individual client; with the individual's family members and friends; and with other professionals, health plans, and law enforcement officials; along with the documentation requirements associated with each type of communication. This course addresses some of the most common HIPAA-related legal and ethical challenges faced by behavioral health professionals, including those who work in hospitals, clinics, community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, and private practices. This course will improve your understanding of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and how they apply to your day-to-day professional responsibilities as a behavioral healthcare provider. You'll be better equipped to identify potential legal and ethical issues related to HIPAA, improve your compliance approach, and develop more effective risk management strategies (in consultation with appropriate legal counsel, as needed).

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

Identify the changes you should make to your HIPAA policy and procedures to maintain compliance with the privacy and security rules.

Apply the privacy and security rules to your practice or work setting, including your professional communication and documentation practices.

Identify potential ethical or legal issues related to HIPAA in your work setting, and employ more effective risk management strategies to avoid violations.

Instructor
Linda Weaver, PhD, JD

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

Describe five warning signs of domestic violence.

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

Demonstrate three interventions for responding to and reporting domestic violence.

Explain four ways you can help prevent domestic violence.

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

Expert Reviewer
Fatima M. Smith, MSW

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Military veterans comprise 22% of suicide deaths that occur in the US. This course, geared toward clinical professionals who work closely with veterans in a variety of health-care settings, focuses on warning signs, risk and protective factors, and the assessment and preventative interventions of suicidality. You will review model programs established within the US Department of Veterans Affairs, address wait-times for treatment, and learn about other barriers related to access for treatment, including the role of military culture. A blend of case studies and interactive exercises will prepare you to apply this knowledge in your own setting.

Identify the cultural factors among veterans that make it difficult for them to seek help for suicide ideation.

Discuss risk and protective factors and screening tools for addressing suicidality among veterans.

Describe prevention and intervention strategies when working with veterans who exhibit suicidal thinking.

Instructor
Bridgett Ross, Psy. D.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, M.A.

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Ayers, LCSW

2.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

Summarize seven core principles of effective treatment planning documentation.

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

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

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

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Review the concepts of respiratory physiology associated with mechanical ventilation.

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

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

Describe principles of managing the mechanically ventilated patient.

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

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

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in childhood, and its symptoms can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Since many children at times exhibit inattentiveness, hyperactivity, or impulsivity, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat individuals with ADHD. This course, appropriate for healthcare professionals with basic to intermediate levels of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of healthcare settings, will give you the tools you need to make an accurate diagnosis and choose the most effective treatment options. Included are the three different presentations of ADHD and key behaviors of each, specific diagnostic criteria, typical symptoms and how they manifest differently in individuals of different ages, possible causes of ADHD, and current treatment options for children, teenagers, and young adults.

Identify the current theories on the etiology of ADHD.

Discuss some of the conditions that may hinder accurate diagnosis of ADHD, as well as the other disorders that commonly co-occur with ADHD.

Explain the different treatment options for ADHD, including medications and therapeutic interventions.

Describe the symptoms of the three different presentations of ADHD and how they may manifest differently in children, teenagers, and young adults.

Instructor
Sarah Clavell Storer, Ph.D.

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

Discuss the process of reporting critical lab values.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

2.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The more familiar you are with the essentials of ethical care, informed consent, and advance directives, the better equipped you will be to provide higher quality patient care in medical and behavioral healthcare settings. This course covers the fundamentals of the Client Bill of Rights, the six principles of ethical care, the process for obtaining informed consent, and how to interpret behavioral health advance directives. Through interactive exercises and vignettes, you will have the opportunity to apply these concepts so you can provide your clients with a higher standard of care.

Summarize the Client Bill of Rights and the six principles of ethical care.

Recount the process of obtaining informed consent.

Interpret behavioral health advance directives.

Expert Reviewer
Jonathan Bennett

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Opioid addiction is a burdensome and costly public -ealth concern. This course is appropriate for anyone who may be involved with the treatment of opioid addiction. It includes the principles of effective medication-assisted addiction treatment, with special emphasis on assessing the opioid-addicted individual who seeks care. You will learn about formulating care plans, goals for recovery, and confidentiality guidelines for individuals seeking treatment in your own setting.

Discuss the therapy goals and techniques you can employ to help individuals safely self-manage medications for opioid addiction.

Describe the medications typically prescribed to treat opioid addiction, and how they are used.

Explain why medication-assisted treatment is the most effective approach to treating opioid-use disorders.

Staff Writer
Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.

Expert Reviewer
David Patzer, MD

Staff Writer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

2.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course explains how the coordination of benefits works when people have Medicare and certain other types of health coverage. Module 5, Coordination of Benefits, explains the rules that govern payers’ responsibilities when people have Medicare and certain other types of health and/or prescription drug coverage. This module was developed and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace. This course is designed for trainers and other information givers who are familiar with the Medicare program. It can be easily adapted for presentations to groups of beneficiaries.

Explain health and drug coverage coordination.

Determine who pays first.

Identify where to get more information.

Instructor
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Thoracentesis, also known as thoracocentesis or pleural tap, can be stressful not only for patients and their families, but also for the interdisciplinary team of practitioners involved in the care surrounding this invasive procedure. This course discusses the physiological, pharmacological, and procedural principles surrounding thoracentesis so you can better manage all stages of the procedure and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Identify pathophysiology of acute and chronic conditions necessitating procedural thoracentesis.

Describe pre-procedureal considerations for patient -specific needs.

Summarize elements of a thoracentesis procedure and the appropriate related patient interventions and monitoring.

Explain the post-procedure patient monitoring and potential complications for thoracentesis.

Discuss characteristics of bacterial organisms and the use of antimicrobial therapy.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

1.75

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Discuss the concepts associated with vascular physiology.

Identify the types of aneurysms and their physical location.

Recognize the clinical manifestations of aneurysms.

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

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

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Describe the physiological states of coagulation.

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

Outline patient monitoring techniques and management principles.

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

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

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

Explain how cultural differences can contribute to healthcare disparities.

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

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

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Describe the foundational principles and spirit of motivational interviewing.

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

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

Identify how motivational interviewing is used in different practice settings.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer, LCSW

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course for mental health professionals discusses personality disorders, including their diagnostic criteria, how they may develop, their course, and their prevalence. Also presented are the nature of personality disorders, how they are clustered, key concerns regarding differential diagnosis, and ways to distinguish personality disorders within the context of serious co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Up-to-date information on empirically supported treatment is included to offer you a comprehensive look at these sometimes very complicated disorders, including their effects on others.

Explain factors related to the etiology of personality disorders, including the connection to trauma.

Identify disorders that commonly co-occur or overlap with personality disorders such as substance use or psychotic disorders.

Describe the essential characteristics of all ten personality disorders according to the DSM-V.

Differentiate among personality disorders that share common criteria.

Discuss best practices for treating specific personality disorders.

Instructor
Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Each year, millions of people across the globe experience the devastating impact of the suicide of a loved one. The risk of suicide increases among those bereaved by suicide. Also, individuals who have made a suicide attempt are at increased risk for a subsequent attempt. This course for healthcare professionals working with at-risk individuals focuses on interventions for those who have made a recent suicide attempt or who are at risk due to suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. Also discussed are important steps you need to take in the aftermath of a suicide, including postvention approaches with individuals exposed to or impacted by suicide, and methods to reduce suicide contagion in your treatment setting and community.

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

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

List ways you can reduce suicide contagion through responsible communication about suicide.

Discuss how you would use postvention strategies with those affected or bereaved by suicide.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Jack M. Gorman, M.D.

Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., CRC

1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state narcotic control bureaus closely monitor controlled prescription medications—such as opioids, tranquilizers, and amphetamines—because of the potential for the drugs’ abuse and diversion. In addition, practitioners and pharmacies are required to report the use of these controlled substances and make ethical dispensing decisions based on each patient‘s condition and need for the drug. In this module, pharmacy technicians will learn warning signs of drug abuse and of fraudulent prescriptions, the etiology of substance use disorders, and laws enacted to prevent drug diversion. You’ll come away better equipped to avoid unnecessary judgment or bias regarding these disorders and to assess each patient individually so you can treat them with compassion and respect.

Review definitions for prescription substance abuse disorders Review the Controlled Substance Act and the drug schedules

Discuss when and how to report drug diversion to the Drug Enforcement Administration Review current and future techniques and the technology used in detecting diversion in community and the institutional setting Identify some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs

Recognize some signs of drug abuse and withdrawal

Describe ways to treat patients involved with drug abuse with professionalism and empathy

Instructor
Robbyn Gilleo, CPhT     

Expert Reviewer
Brittani Zurek, PharmD 

Daniella M. Krantz, MS, BS, CPhT

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Apply Motivational Interviewing principles to group therapy.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer LCSW

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

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

Jack M. Gorman, MD

1.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In Part 1 of this course, you learned about how substance use disorders develop, as well as their various stages including when substance use becomes unhealthy and problematic. In this course, you will build upon that knowledge and explore in detail four commonly used drugs, which will help you to understand the short-term and long-term effects of substance use disorders, along with the symptoms of withdrawal. The material in this course is designed for paraprofessionals working with individuals who have substance use disorders. Drawing upon guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Part 2 of this training offers you a more detailed look at specific substance use disorders, including their effects on others. Descriptive scenarios and practice exercises will help you to solidify your application of the knowledge you acquire to better apply these tools in your own setting. After completing Part 2 of this training, you will be better prepared to help the individuals you serve who struggle with substance use disorders.

Recognize the short-term and long-term effects of four of the most commonly misused substances.

Identify the similarities and differences among the four substance types discussed.

Describe how “normal” alcohol use develops into dangerous behavior.

Expert Reviewer
Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, MA

1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This entry-level course in pain assessment and management is for direct-care staff and activity professionals in long-term care, hospice, and home-health settings. It covers types and classifications of pain, pain assessment tools to use with both verbal and nonverbal individuals, the basics of pain assessment, some pain management strategies, and federal regulations that address quality of life and quality of care.

Discuss what pain is and, how it affects individuals physically and mentally.

Describe how to assess for pain, including special considerations for persons diagnosed with a mental illness.

Identify pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions used for pain management.

Summarize how to minimize the impact of pain for people with mental illness and substance use issues in order to avoid exacerbation of symptoms.

Instructor
Jennifer Barut, MSN, RN-BC

Expert Reviewer
David Patzer, MD

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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

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

Discuss the background and implications of big data in healthcare.

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

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

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

Instructor
Danyell Jones

1.50

Launch Course

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The early recognition of stroke symptoms and subsequent intervention have been identified as key factors in the outcomes of patients with completed strokes. This includes the initial assessment and stabilization of critical respiratory, circulatory, hemodynamic, and neurologic status, and obtaining crucial elements of a patient’s history. Distinguishing ischemic from hemorrhagic strokes requires diagnostic applications performed within narrow windows of opportunity, so that appropriate treatment options can be accurately selected and effectively administered. This course discusses the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients with an acute stroke, from onset through the first 24 hours.

Describe the physiological and symptomatic differences between ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

Discuss treatment interventions for acute strokes.

Describe management priorities following ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

Define risk factors for complications related to stroke interventions.

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course provides the most current and relevant information about the abuse of children, elders, and dependent adults, along with facts about intimate partner violence. This discussion, designed for all Human Service personnel in entry-level training or compliance reviews, includes how to recognize various signs of abuse and what your reporting responsibilities and procedures are. You will come away with the key competencies you need to assist victims of violence and help others to avoid victimization.

Detect risk factors of child abuse, elder abuse, dependent-adult abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Identify potential signs of physical, mental, and financial abuse.

Apply legally mandated guidelines for reporting abuse and intimate partner violence.

Recognize the prevalence of child abuse, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Staff Writer

Naju Madra, MA

Expert Reviewer

Bridgett Ross, Psy. D.

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ANCC Accreditation

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This course discusses hypertensive disorders during pregnancy, including pathophysiology, classifications, characteristics, diagnostic criteria, risk factors, management, and prevention. Also covered are the diagnostic criteria used to screen and monitor women with potential preeclampsia, pathophysiologic changes that occur with preeclampsia, the appropriate management of women receiving magnesium sulfate therapy, and the recommended guidelines for administering anti-hypertensive agents.

Discuss pathophysiologic changes that occur in women with preeclampsia.

Discuss recommended guidelines for administration of anti-hypertensive agents in women experiencing acute, severe hypertension.

Recognize diagnostic criteria used to screen and monitor women with potential preeclampsia.

Review the appropriate treatment regimen for administration and management of women receiving magnesium sulfate therapy.

Verbalize the common risk factors associated with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Understand the current terminology and classifications associated with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Speaker
Melynda Reeves, MSN, RN, RNC-OB

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

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

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

Name common elements that affect the quality of incident reports.

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

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course, appropriate for all types of health-care professionals, provides a working knowledge of the types and potential side effects of medications used to treat various psychiatric disorders. Since many of the people you see are likely to be taking one or more psychiatric medications, this course discusses the major categories of such medications, including antipsychotics, antianxiety medications, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. You will learn about their indications for use and some of their most common side effects, along with precautions that apply to special populations, such as the elderly, children, and pregnancy and nursing women.

Describe the major categories of medications used to treat mental illness and their side effects.

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

Explain the special concerns related to use of psychotherapeutic medications in older adults and pregnancy and nursing women.

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Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of arrhythmia, affects approximately 2.2 million people in the US and is a leading risk factor for stroke. Approximately 15 percent of people who experience a stroke have AFib. While AFib is most commonly seen in patients over age 60, many who have the condition are asymptomatic, making it difficult to diagnose. Because strokes resulting from AFib can be prevented with early screening, diagnosis, and intervention, this course covers anatomical and physiological changes that contribute to increased stroke risk, along with interventions for symptom control and stroke-risk management.

Describe patient risk factors that can lead to A-Fib and subsequent stroke.

Explain anatomical and physiological changes that occur with A-Fib that contribute to increased risk for stroke.

Discuss interventions for symptom control in patients with A-Fib.

Discuss interventions to manage risk for stroke associated with A-Fib.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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As a healthcare professional, one of the most stressful challenges you can face is discovering that a client has suicidal thoughts, intent, or behaviors. The cornerstones of suicide intervention are accurate assessment, safety planning, and treatment. They encompass community-wide programs that target populations long before any elevated risk or suicidal behaviors occur. The most effective suicide prevention is multi-tiered, broad-based, and sustained over time. Rather than focusing on screening, assessment, or interventions with suicidal individuals who may already be at heightened risk, this course examines community-based models that mitigate individual risk factors and support a comprehensive approach. It focuses specifically on public health models of upstream interventions that are designed to reduce suicide risk.

Explain the public health model of suicide prevention.

List strategies that can be used to bolster individual and environmental protective factors.

Describe three primary prevention programs used to reduce suicide risk in various community settings.

State the basic tenets of responsible public messaging about suicide.

Instructor

Kathyrn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA

Monique Kahn, Psy.D

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Identify the types of strokes and their etiologies.

Explain the pathophysiological causes of stroke and stroke symptoms.

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

Describe treatment options for ischemic stoke and hemorrhagic stroke.

Instructor
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

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

Identify the advent of cardiac catheterization.

Describe the blood circulation of the heart.

Describe the anatomy and physiology of heart structures.

Define the coronary circulation.

Describe the electrical system of the heart.

Identify the clotting cascade mechanism.

Relias Learning

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This course is tailored for paraprofessionals who work in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and community-based agencies. Unpredictable and complex situations often arise when people go into crisis. Seeming to “come out of nowhere,” these situations can throw you into a reactive state. But when you understand how crises develop and you are equipped with the skills and tools to address them, you can effectively intervene in a way that supports recovery and safety. This course explains how you can help the individuals you are serving to learn from crisis situations, so they can use coping skills and support networks more effectively whenever they face stressful events.

Identify risks and complicating factors in crises.

Recognize critical skills in crisis intervention, stabilization, and prevention.

Understand how a crisis develops.

Staff Writer
Gigi Dillon, PhD, MA
Naju Madra, M.A.

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

Delineate right heart catheterization waveforms.

Identify normal and abnormal right heart pressure values.

Identify disease processes that affect cardiac pressure values.

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

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

Identify the types of abuse suffered by older adults.

Identify indicators of abuse for older adults.

Identify options for screening older adults for abuse.

Recall intervention options for victims and abusers.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

Describe the four major health belief systems.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Describe treatment recommendations for opioid-use disorder during pregnancy.

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

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

Discuss recommendations for opioid screening during pregnancy.

Expert Reviewer
William Cusick, MD

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.50

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is becoming more commonly diagnosed, partially as a result of more military personnel returning from extended tours of duty, and partly as a result of increased understanding and identification of delayed reactions to traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, PTSD continues to be largely misunderstood and ineffectively treated. This course, based on the newest research in the field of trauma, offers tools to accurately diagnose and effectively treat PTSD in adults. You will learn what types of events can cause PTSD, its most common symptoms, and the specific criteria required for a PTSD diagnosis. So that you can more effectively meet the needs of traumatized individuals, various techniques are discussed for accurately identifying PTSD, including clinical assessments and interviews, as well as evidence-based treatment modalities (including psychopharmacological interventions) currently being applied by trauma experts in the clinical field.

List the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and explain how to differentiate PTSD from acute stress disorder and normal stress reactions.

Identify the risk factors for developing PTSD, as well as resilience factors that mitigate the potentially harmful effects of traumatic events.

Describe evidence-based psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches to treating people who have PTSD.

Staff Writer
Maiken Gale, Ph.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Bridgett Ross, Psy. D.

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ANCC Accreditation

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Many individuals with behavioral health problems are unable to access behavioral healthcare. Telehealth (enhancing health care through the use of telecommunications technologies) is designed to provide everyone with access to health care, regardless of their location. In this course you will learn what telehealth is, its history, potential advantages and challenges, and the research base supporting telehealth for behavioral health services. You will be equipped with practical strategies you can apply in your own setting to use telehealth for adults with behavioral health issues.

Describe what telehealth is, its various formats and the modalities and equipment through which it can be delivered.

Summarize at least three key points regarding the history of telehealth.

Review at least two key components of telehealth literature that support its efficacy in treatment delivery.

Apply two specific considerations when utilizing telehealth in terms of potential benefits and drawbacks for people served.

Instructor
Steven R. Thorp, PhD, ABPP

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, MA

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Due to increasing demands on healthcare providers—along with dwindling resources with which to provide care—telehealth services (enhancing healthcare through the use of telecommunications technologies) offer immense value to your organization and the people you serve. This course for licensed providers in behavioral health settings focuses on delivery systems and specific remote clinical services that begin with remote intake and referral processes. You will learn helpful approaches for establishing rapport during the comprehensive intake process, and gain information about screening assessments, interventions, and treatment referrals. Interactive exercises and practical examples will help you to incorporate these assessment strategies in your own setting.

Describe the essential components of the intake process when providing treatment services via telehealth.

Summarize the best practices, methodology, and frequency of completing risk assessments via telehealth.

Compare and contrast clinical assessment tools for telehealth services.

Apply knowledge of the existing software and hardware applications available for assessing clients remotely.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, M.A.

Instructor
Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP

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ANCC Accreditation

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This course discusses preterm labor, preterm birth, and preterm premature rupture of membranes. Included in the course are risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnostic evaluation, maternal and fetal risks, management strategies, and nursing interventions.

Apply management strategies and nursing interventions for preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes.

Understand the current terminology associated with preterm labor and birth.

Discuss signs and symptoms of preterm labor.

Explain the risks to the mother and fetus associated with preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes.

Review the implications of preterm birth.

Verbalize risk factors associated with preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes.

Speaker
Melynda Reeves, MSN, RN, RNC-OB

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Most people, regardless of their abilities, face similar end-of-life issues. People who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often encounter additional issues and challenges. With a life expectancy now almost the same as that of the general population, people with IDD live longer and are more integrated into the community. They frequently outlive family caregivers, often requiring additional support into advanced age as well as different locations for receiving end-of-life-care, including  their own homes. This course, for all members of an interdisciplinary team that provide support and care, gives an introduction to critical end-of-life issues for people with IDD. It covers basic information about common medical decisions included in an end-of-life plan; specialized healthcare options, such as palliative care and hospice care; basic legal and ethical guidelines for decision making at the end of life; and ways in which advanced planning can provide clarity in complex, stressful situations where people are unable to communicate or provide consent. Your knowledge of an individual's preferences, as well as of their basic rights and ethics, will help you support the people you are serving and their families.

This overview course is based on End of Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2010), published by AAIDD. Each state and agency will have its own laws, regulatory issues, and policies. After taking this course, staff members should inform themselves about specific policies and regulations that pertain to their roles and responsibilities.

Communicate with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and their healthcare surrogates, about death, dying, and bereavement.

Identify who has the right to make healthcare decisions for individuals with IDD, including the definitions of informed consent, competency versus capability, and healthcare power of attorney (surrogate, agent, or proxy).

Define advanced directives and explain how you might create an end-of-life plan for a person you support who does not use verbal communication.

Explain where the following medical terms might fit on the continuum of one person's end-of-life healthcare: DNR orders, "futile treatment," palliative care, persistent vegetative state, and hospice.

Name three actions you can take in your professional role to promote dignity, equality, life, and autonomy for individuals with disabilities at the end of life.

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

Instructor
Margaret A. Nygren, EdD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) establishes new ways to reimburse physicians for providing care to Medicare beneficiaries. This course explores MACRA, its various quality measures, and ways you can implement change and sustain best practices.

Understand the quality payment program and how it works.

Understand your role in the quality payment program and how it applies to your practice.

Find additional information on requisite metrics and changes to practice.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW

Expert Reviewer
Karl J. Haake, MD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) or strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. However, they can be treated if the patient is helped within the first four and a half hours of the event, according to the American Stroke Association. This course for healthcare providers identifies medical and lifestyle risk factors that can lead to a stroke, describes diagnostic measures used to assess stroke risk, and outlines stroke-prevention strategies and lifestyle changes. You will be equipped to educate patients on how their lifestyle can significantly impact their stroke risk and how making key changes can help them to avoid medical emergency.

Outline stroke prevention strategies and lifestyle changes.

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

Describe diagnostic measures used to assess stroke risk.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

 

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

Identify the core components of SBIRT.

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

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

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

Instructor
Bruce Horwitz, PhD

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD), an increasingly common diagnosis in the mental health profession, continues to be misunderstood and ineffectively treated. Part of the reason is that behaviors associated with the disorder can fit into many diagnostic categories. Drawing from the newest research in the field of personality disorders, including information from Linehan's Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. this course aims to give you the tools you need to accurately identify individuals with BPD and become knowledgeable about available treatment options. You will learn about how BPD develops, the theoretical perspectives of BPD, treatment goals, the challenges you might experience when working with this population, and some of the most common issues that individuals with BPD experience while in treatment. This training is appropriate for mental health professionals with basic to intermediate levels of experience in treating individuals with BPD.

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

Differentiate and discuss the theoretical perspective of BPD.

Describe the best evidence-based treatment approaches for treating people who have BPD.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, MA

Instructor
Jodi Ceballos, PsyD

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

Differentiate between intentional and unintentional non-adherence.

Describe factors that influence therapeutic non-adherence.

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

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Christopher Reist, MD, MBA

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

As a healthcare professional who deals with at-risk people, you know that those in distress are at an increased risk of suicide and that screening for suicidality is the first step in suicide prevention. This course dispels some  common myths and provides accurate information about best practices in suicide screening and assessment. You will learn about specific high-risk groups, factors that elevate risk of suicide, how to use screening instruments, and several different models of comprehensive suicide assessment—all geared toward helping you potentially save lives.

Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.

List specific populations that are at increased risk of suicide.

Explain how to effectively use suicide screening instruments to identify individuals at risk.

Instructor
Randy Martin, PhD
Monique Kahn, PsyD

Expert Reviewer
Scott Zeller, M.D.

1.25

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Non-accredited Education

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

Define workplace harassment.

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

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

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

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

Instructor
David A. Winter

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Early identification, management, and treatment of stroke by utilizing best practice protocols can help prevent disability and death and ensure that patients have the best possible outcomes. This course presents the most up-to-date best practices for managing the patient with an acute stroke.

Describe best practice protocols for early identification of acute stroke.

Discuss current diagnostic practices in patients with acute stroke.

Identify current best practices for treatment and management of patients with acute strokes.

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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The rise of the serious problem of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) has been linked to the inappropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics. In response, antibiotic stewardship programs have been developed to guide best practice in treating this powerful group of medications resourcefully. The goal is for healthcare providers to steward antibiotics in such a way that these medications can continue to be used to fight infections. This course discusses the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how you can apply components of the program to your nursing practice.

Name three benefits of antibiotic stewardship.

State the difference between broad and narrow spectrum antibiotics.

Describe the elements of an antibiotic stewardship program.

Recognize different team members' roles in antibiotic stewardship.

Instructor

Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

 

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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In the United States, stroke affects some 795,000 people per year and is the leading cause of long-term disability. Every patient discharge from a health-care facility comes with the potential effects of disability and need for environmental and lifestyle adaptations. Discharge planning should be an integral part of the process to help ensure safety and quality of life for the patients. This course discusses environmental barriers in the home for patients who have experienced a stroke, home safety strategies to help avoid injury and promote independence, and community resources and support groups available to assist patients and their families.

Identify environmental barriers in the home for patients following a stroke.

Describe community resources to help with disability and patient needs.

List two organizations or support groups for patients and their families who have experienced a stroke.

Describe safety strategies in the home to help avoid injury and promote independence.

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

Instructor
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

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Despite the efforts of health care providers, medical-error rates remain high, often resulting in disability and death. Preventable medical errors not only affect patients, family members, and health care providers, but also contribute to soaring health-care costs. This course discusses how to prevent medical errors that are both system- and human-performance based, and it also describes the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals concerning medical errors in hospitals.

Examine sources and types of medical errors Identify error-prone situations

Relate theories and strategies to reduce errors and improve patient outcomes

Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode effects analysis

Discuss safety needs of special populations

Describe the effect of medical errors on healthcare providers

Discuss the importance of public education in reducing errors

Instructor
Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course presents an overview of multicultural care and service delivery. You will be guided through the national standards in the United States for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, along with key concepts that relate to your role in the alleviation of health disparities. Examples of individual and organizational applications of multicultural care will help you to apply these concepts in your own setting. You will learn about ways that you and your organization can improve quality of care by considering health literacy, cultural responsiveness, and structural disparities.

Identify ways individual healthcare providers can approach working with culturally diverse populations to reduce health disparities.

Describe organizational applications of the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) standards.

Summarize the types of challenges faced by healthcare providers that create obstacles to the cultivation of cultural responsiveness.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Substance use and abuse represents a serious health concern in the United States, with the number of deaths from tobacco use and illicit-drug overdoses increasing at alarming rates. Based on content from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this course provides an overview of the biopsychosocial model of addiction. It emphasizes the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to addiction, and includes information about various drug types, stages of addiction, risk factors, and treatment options. New and seasoned clinicians will learn how to identify who may be at risk for addiction, as well as how to help clients engage in the recovery process.

Define what addiction is through the lens of a biopsychosocial model.

Identify biopsychosocial risk factors for addiction.

Discuss three treatment approaches using a biopsychosocial model of recovery.

Instructor
David Patzer, MD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

State the primary purpose of using the NIHSS.

Name all NIHSS areas of assessment.

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

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

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Daniel Migliaccio, MD

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Identify pathological conditions requiring chest tube placement.

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

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

Describe the proper techniques for chest tube management.

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

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

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

Recall three strategies for care coordination.

Explain the six components of care coordination.

Discuss six steps for initiating a coordinated care effort.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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

Expert Reviewer
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

Define palliative care and hospice care.

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

Identify when palliative care and hospice care are appropriate.

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

Describe the benefits of palliative care and hospice care.

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

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

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Acute kidney injury (AKI)—a sudden, temporary loss of kidney functioning—is associated with an increased incidence of hospitalizations and mortality. This course presents the signs and symptoms of AKI as well as examination strategies that can lead to early identification of renal compromise. You will also learn nursing care and prevention strategies for patients and those at risk for AKI.

Identify key anatomical structures that contribute to normal kidney functioning.

Define examination strategies that can lead to early identification of renal compromise.

Describe acute kidney injury signs, symptoms, and nursing care.

Identify patients at risk for acute kidney injury.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

Identify the components and functions of the hematological system.

Describe the pathology for common hematological disorders.

Identify the causes and symptoms of hematological disorders.

Identify diagnostic tests and treatment strategies for hematological disorders.

Discuss complications associated with hematological disorders.

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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During the imaging process, it is essential for radiographers to identify challenges and errors in techniques, and understand how they affect patient outcomes during the imaging process. In order to help radiologic technologists in acute care facilities identify common pathologies in differential diagnostics, this course describes the sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, and abdomen. It also discusses radiation safety, imaging techniques, common pathologies resulting from radiographic imaging, and the importance of patient safety during imaging procedures.

Describe the sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, and abdomen.

List common pathologies resulting from radiographic imaging.

Understand imaging techniques and radiation safety.

Discuss the importance of patient safety during imaging procedures.

Instructor
Delia L. Lofton

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

Delineate how radiation waves produce x-ray images.

Identify radiation safety principles for the patient and worker.

Describe how disease processes affect the risk of radiation toxicity.

Describe the different types of contrast.

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
 

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ANCC Accreditation

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

Outline patient monitoring techniques and management principles.

Describe the physiological stages of clot creation.

Differentiate between clot inhibition and fibrinolysis.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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For many years, substance-use research routinely excluded women, leading to an accumulation of data and treatment recommendations heavily biased toward men. New research reveals that women have different pathways in developing a substance-use disorder, as well as different risk factors, treatment needs, and barriers to treatment. In this course, you will learn about the effects of age and life transitions, and how these are reflected in treatment methodologies regarding alcohol and drug use in women. You will be equipped with ways to provide gender-sensitive treatment to women who are struggling with substance use or  are at risk of developing a substance-use disorder.

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

Explain how the use of specific substances and the impact of those substances changes across the lifespan.

Describe how evidence-based practices can incorporate the unique issues and needs of substance using women at different phases of life.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Lisa Britt, LCAS, CRC, MAC

Expert Reviewer
Jack M. Gorman, M.D.

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Recognize normal and abnormal reference ranges.

Distinguish abnormal lab values, and describe their physiological causes.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Delineate left heart catheterization waveforms.

Identify valvular disorders based on cardiac waveforms.

Describe how disease processes affect cardiac pressures.

Identify the need for emergency equipment readily available.

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

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

Write an appropriate cardiac action plan with your patients.

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

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

Instructor
George L. Oestreich, PharmD, MPA

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

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

Describe the elements of a successful quality improvement program.

Explain the 5 components of the quality improvement process.

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

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

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

Expert Reviewer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

Instructor
Katy Kunst, MBA

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ANCC Accreditation

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Care plans are developed to help residents attain and maintain physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. This course provides information that your team can use in developing comprehensive care plans that maximize the well being of each resident. Also covered are resources, the use of Care-area Triggers, and a Care Area Assessment (CAA) summary, so that decision-making can be supported and documented in the care of each resident.

Explain why care planning is used.

Explain the Care Area Assessment process.

Describe Care Area Triggers and what they are used for.

List 10 of the 20 care areas in the CAA framework.

Discuss interdepartmental communication in the CAA process.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Ambassador/Trainer

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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As a healthcare professional, you may not be sure what the term “integrated care” means, what its implications for future healthcare practice might be, or how you might participate in an integrated-care environment. This course explains the costs, benefits, and goals of various integrated-care models and configurations. You will learn about ways that behavioral healthcare professionals can function effectively in such an environment, along with key challenges to and characteristics of well-functioning integrated-care systems.

Recognize the core competencies required of an integrated care workforce.

Describe the costs, benefits, and goals of an Integrated System of Care.

Identify challenges to integration, as well as characteristics of well-functioning systems.

Summarize effective approaches for behavioral health professionals in integrated care environments.

Expert Reviewer
John Santopietro, MD

Staff Writer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

Instructor

Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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This course for entry-level nurses, direct-care staff, and dietary professionals provides information on basic medication actions, with a focus on the physiological changes and potential reactions specific to older adults. Included are federal requirements related to antipsychotic medication prescriptions and administration.

Identify why polypharmacy increases the potential for medication errors, adverse drug reactions, and adverse drug events.

Differentiate between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and describe their relationship to medication toxicity in the older population.

Define at least three classifications of medications, with examples of each.

Explain the role of antipsychotics and the federal regulations associated with their use.

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Describe the clinical presentation of a patient with SIADH.

Summarize nursing care for SIADH.

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

Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

State blood pressure and lipids goals for persons with diabetes.

Describe the management of one microvascular complication of diabetes.

State glycemic goals for persons with diabetes.

Define patient centered care.

Instructor
Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course describes how key terms within the Emergency Medical Treatment And Labor Act (EMTALA) are interpreted and how they apply to hospitals with a dedicated emergency department. Included is a review of cases in which EMTALA violations have been alleged and courts have applied judgments.

Describe the intent of EMTALA.

Identify requirements under EMTALA.

Define key terms associated with EMTALA.

Describe how EMTALA applies to special conditions.

Explain the rationale for judgments in EMTALA cases.

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

Expert Reviewer
Ann Dietrich, MD, FAAP, FACEP

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders.

List three common psychopharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders.

Explain three of the psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders.

Staff Writer
Kevin Fawcett, Ph.D.

Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer

Rachell Davis, MSN, PMHNP-BC, RN

Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.

David Patzer, MD

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

State the glycemic goals for persons with diabetes.

Instructor
Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

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Part 1 of this course, designed for paraprofessionals working with individuals who have substance use disorders, explores how such disorders develop and why some individuals seem to be more susceptible to them than others. Drawing upon guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this training offers a comprehensive look at these sometimes fatal disorders, including the stages of addiction, how normal behaviors can develop into dangerous ones, and the effect of substance use disorders on other individuals. After completing this training, you will be ready to demonstrate best practices for the individuals you serve who struggle with substance use disorders.

Explain the process of how substance use disorders develop.

Describe the stages involved in the substance use process.

Recognize the short-term and long-term effects of substance use disorders.

Expert Reviewer
Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, MA

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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

Identify the characteristics of junctional rhythms.

Distinguish the identifying features of junctional arrhythmias.

Describe the clinical implications of junctional rhythms.

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

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Be equipped with the tools and knowledge you need to effectively prevent and/or report serious incidents in behavioral health settings. Included in this course are interactive exercises, helpful vignettes, and informative guidelines.

Define the purpose of incident reporting.

Identify the basic types of incidents that need to be reported.

Report incidents appropriately and on time.

Describe the best practices for making reports.

Instructor
Jeremy King, LCSW, CASAC

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Describe problems created by lack of an Advance Directive

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

Instructor
Maureen Habel, MA, RN  

Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD   

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

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

Expert Reviewer
Laur Pole, RN, MSN    

Christopher Pile, MD

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Rather than being a stand-alone disease, diabetes (particularly Type II diabetes) is a metabolic dysfunction at the cellular level. This metabolic dysfunction contributes to many comorbidities being associated with diabetes. Taking a purely pharmaceutical approach—looking only at blood glucose or A1C as an endpoint—fails to identify and address the potential underlying causes of diabetes and other comorbidities. To help you facilitate the best outcomes for your patients, this course discusses the correlation between diabetes and comorbidities, the underlying pathological processes, and the impact of glucose control. You will come away with an understanding of the common comorbidities associated with diabetes and of the proper management of these conditions.

Explain the correlations between diabetes and comorbid conditions.

Discuss the screening and evaluation of common comorbidities associated with diabetes.

Illustrate the proper management of diabetes and comorbid conditions.

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

Expert Reviewer
Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

Describe identifying characteristics of smallpox, chickenpox, and monkeypox

List infection control methods for each illness and their rationale

Identify at least two potential contraindications to receiving the smallpox vaccine

Instructor

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

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

List modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors of stroke

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

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

Instructor
Lisa Bowman, MSN, RN, CRNP, CNRN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Pharmacological management is both an art and a science. This course discusses the basic mechanisms of action found in commonly used classes of cardiac agents. As you learn the relevant clinical implications of select cardiac medications, you will be better equipped to properly manage various cardiac conditions.

Review physiological concepts associated with cardiovascular pharmacological agents.

Outline the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles seen in various classes.

Discuss the relevant clinical implications of select cardiac medications.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course presents ethical and legal guidelines for conducting telehealth (enhancing healthcare through the use of telecommunications technologies) with adults who have behavioral health issues. Included are issues of informed consent; guidelines for confidentiality, boundaries, and privacy; and rules for sharing information. You will be equipped with strategies you can use in your own setting as you learn about mandatory reporting under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), prerequisites for delivering telehealth, and guidelines for billing and practice across state lines.

Summarize laws such as HIPAA, as they pertain to the application of telehealth.

Cite the ethical guidelines involved in using telehealth, specifically regarding issues of confidentiality, boundaries, privacy, reporting, and sharing of information.

Discuss at least two prerequisites for delivering telehealth services, such as training and education requirements.

Apply rules governing telehealth practice and billing across state lines.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, M.A.

Instructor
Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP

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Non-accredited Education

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Sepsis can be life threatening, but correctly obtaining and interpreting vital signs can save patients’ lives. Learn how to identify at-risk and septic patients, detect a patient’s clinical deterioration, and use systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria.

Explain the importance of vital signs in detecting the clinical deterioration of a patient.

Identify at-risk and septic patients through respiratory rate and other vital signs.

Indicate the proper methods of obtaining vital signs.

Recognize the clinical presentation and detection of sepsis with the use of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria.

Speaker
Jamie K. Roney, DNP, BSHCM, RN-BC, CCRN-I

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Telehealth, which uses information technology to facilitate healthcare between two or more people separated by distance, is designed to enable everyone to have access to healthcare. This course aims to teach you about different modalities of treatment using telehealth in the behavioral health sciences, including a description of the most effective approaches.

You will gain knowledge about building and maintaining rapport with clients remotely via telehealth. You also will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of telehealth practice, including ways to address those weaknesses. Information and vignettes will be blended to offer practical strategies that you can apply in your own setting to use telehealth for adults with behavioral health issues.

Select and apply the most appropriate treatment modalities for telehealth when working with individuals across behavioral health settings.

Describe considerations when building rapport and engaging clients remotely via telehealth.

Summarize specific research describing the strengths and weaknesses of telehealth practice, including the standardized use of electronic assessments.

Instructor

Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP 

Staff Writer

Naju Madra, M.A.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a complex condition with a wide array of associated symptoms and disabilities, significantly impacts the lives of patients and their families. This course for nurses who care for patients who have experienced a TBI discusses assessment strategies, current treatment guidelines, and supportive care to effect positive outcomes.

Describe the pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Identify surgical and medical treatments for individuals with TBI.

Describe nursing care for those with TBI.

Explain the education nurses should provide to individuals with TBI.

Identify neurologic emergencies for those with TBI.

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

Define the meaning of a therapeutic boundary.

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

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

Instructors
Kevin Fawcett, PhD
Wendy C. Krull, LCSW

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

Discuss expert recommendations for preventing/managing sports-related concussions 

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Discuss the two layers of the skin.

List three key functions of the skin.

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

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

Define tunneling and undermining.

Identify four criteria to include in wound assessment.

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Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN

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This course explains the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. This training was developed and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace.

Understand the purpose of competitive bidding and how it is implemented.

Describe who is affected by competitive bidding.

Find out where to get more information about the Competitive Bidding Program.

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

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Non-accredited Education

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Two of the most important aspects of breast cancer care are length of life and quality of life. Early detection can help lead to positive outcomes in both of these areas. Careful practices in mammography are essential for accurate pathological diagnosing, as well as for providing patient safety and comfort. This course for radiologic technologists in acute care facilities discusses specified methods of Quality Control (MQSA) for ACR accreditation, false positives, common pathologies found in radiographic mammography, tumor mapping used in nuclear medicine, and steps to ensure patient safety during mammography.

Address false positives and which false positives could be avoided.

Identify specified methods of Quality Control (MQSA) for ACR accreditation.

Describe common pathologies found in radiographic mammography.

List steps to ensure patient safety during mammography.

Describe breast lymphoscintigraphy, the tumor mapping used in nuclear medicine.

Staff Writer
Adam Roesner, BSN

Instructor
Delia L. Lofton

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Expert Reviewer
Cheryl Holt, MA

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

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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This webinar discusses the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care. You will learn about the prevalence of various illnesses, how behavioral health has transformed since its inception, the need for integrated care and the commitment required to achieve it, and how to enact organizational and system change and  support health behavior change. Also discussed are three approaches to care; how the environment, hiring the right people, and teams can affect organizational and system change; how to use evidence-based tools and their data to inform your change efforts; interventions for each level of organizational change; and the importance of listening to feedback from the people you serve.

Identify the role of leadership and on going attention in the implementation of integrated care practices.

List three best practices in integrated care, and the implications for their own practice setting.

Instructor
Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Describe the connection between stroke and heart disease.

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

Identify strategies for achieving quality of life after a stroke.

Instructor
Ann Elsasser-Root, PT DPT

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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As dementia gradually destroys areas of the brain responsible for sending and receiving messages, communication becomes increasingly difficult. However, there are guidelines you can follow to ensure effective communication with people who have dementia, including those with severe cognitive impairments. In this course, you will learn how to increase your understanding of persons with dementia by knowing each as an individual and recognizing common speech patterns, find out how people with dementia use behaviors to communicate discomfort, and learn some  communication strategies you can employ to ensure that your message is clearly received.

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

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

Interpret the likely messages behind nonverbal communication in people with dementia.

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

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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

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

Identify common developmental delays in young children.

Describe individual characteristics of specific developmental disabilities.

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Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP

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

Define quality improvement in behavioral healthcare settings.

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

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

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

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

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

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Describe the six general categories of hand injuries

Explain the steps needed to properly preserve an amputated body part

Instructor
Stacie Hunsaker, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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More than 21 million blood components are transfused annually in the U.S. But if blood types are mismatched, transfusions can be deadly. Three factors that commonly lead to ABO incompatibility errors have been identified as mislabeling of the blood specimen for cross-matching, misinterpretation by the blood bank, and misidentification of the patient before blood transfusion. Nurses who generally administer blood products must follow facility policy to ensure that they give the correct blood product to the correct patient.

List three factors that contribute to blood incompatibility errors

Describe blood type compatibility between the donor and recipient

Explain the procedure for safely administering blood transfusions

Instructor
Dana Bartlett, RN, MSN, MA, CSPI

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Top leaders know that the ability to listen to others can increase their individual effectiveness while providing necessary leverage they need to build more productive and engaged teams. You will learn the difference between active and passive listening, how to establish common ground, how to practice empathy, and some of the consequences of not listening effectively. This course uses a blend of experiential exercises, instructive information, and self-study to help you apply tips and techniques for becoming an effective communicator—a leader who listens.

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

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

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

Instructor
Deborah Waitley, Ph.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

Identify risk factors and complications related to PAD.

List two diagnostic tests for identifying PAD.

Discuss assessment and disease management for patients with PAD.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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 Wrong-site surgery is one of the most devastating sentinel events experienced by patients and practitioners. As defined by The Joint Commission, wrong-site surgery involves the wrong side or region of the body, the wrong procedure (a procedure other than the one intended), or the wrong patient. Perioperative healthcare providers must be knowledgeable about the latest risk-prevention strategies, protocols and tools to ensure the safety of surgical patients.

Discuss the evolution of patient safety initiatives for the prevention of wrong-site surgery

Review the three steps of the universal protocol

Describe the correct-site surgery culture in healthcare 

Instructor
Linda Blevins, MS, MFA, RN, ELS

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Identify the characteristics of normal sinus rhythms.

Distinguish the features of sinus arrhythmias.

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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

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

Explain the significance of imaging techniques in reducing breast cancer mortality

Identify the advantages and disadvantages of mammography

Compare and contrast tomographic imaging modalities used in breast cancer

Instructor  
Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Develop strategies for intervention with abused women 

Instructor
Theodora B. Aggeles, RN, BA

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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This course for supervisors in the healthcare setting is designed to provide greater awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, suggest steps to take to prevent it, and offer methods to deal with it if it does occur. Included is a focus on federal and state laws, liability issues, harassment policies, employee rights, supervisor responsibilities, and investigation procedures.

Differentiate between types of sexual harassment.

Describe the laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.

Discuss both employee and non-employee rights in reference to sexual harassment in the workplace.

Describe the investigation process of a sexual harassment claim.