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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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about the major categories of medications used in the treatment of mental illness, including antipsychotics, antianxiety medications, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. You will also learn about the different medications’ indications for use and some of their most common side effects. You will find out about some of the precautions that apply to specific populations taking psychiatric medications, such as older adults and psychiatric medication use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Summarize general principles of psychiatric medication use, such as how these medications work and what impacts their effects

Describe the uses and major side effects of antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, antidepressant, and antianxiety medications

Explain the special concerns related to use of psychiatric medications in older adults and during pregnancy and the postpartum period

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Instructor
Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA

2.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

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

2.50

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

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

2.25

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.

2.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Rates of suicide among youth continue to increase, making it essential for mental health clinicians and other professionals working with adolescents to understand the dynamics of suicide. This course explains the scope of the problem and presents prevailing theories concerning suicidal behaviors. Underscoring that suicide is preventable, the course teaches how to effectively screen potentially suicidal youth and ways you can intervene to lower their risk. Equipped with a knowledge of risk factors and warning signs, along with tools you can use to effectively mitigate risk, you may be the critical factor standing between life and death for a vulnerable at-risk teen.

Summarize factors that increase risk and drive suicidal behavior in adolescents and transition age youth.

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

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

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D

Expert Reviewer
Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., CRC

2.00

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

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

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:

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

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:

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

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

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

Caregivers who work with older adults with dementia often report that the biggest obstacles they face are related to managing challenging behaviors. This course offers a clinically based overview of such behaviors, along with the most common effects of the pharmacological agents used to treat these behaviors. You will learn practical techniques to use in your own setting to help you determine the most effective strategies for managing the people you serve.

Identify at least three challenging behaviors that commonly occur among individuals with dementia.

Describe the most common effects of pharmacological agents used to treat these challenging behaviors.

Explain at least three practical strategies that you can use to manage challenging behaviors among people served.

Instructor
Lisa Furst, LMSW

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:

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

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

Non-accredited Education

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

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: Expiration:

Given the significant impact medical errors can have on health and safety, all licensed professionals caring for patients must understand how these errors occur and how to prevent them. This course will discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors and how the root cause analysis process and other evidence-based strategies can aid in preventing them. In addition, five of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions will be reviewed, along with strategies for prevention. 

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

Discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors.

Describe the root cause analysis process for medical errors. Identify strategies for preventing medical errors.

Discuss vulnerable populations and their safety needs related to medical errors.

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

Instructor
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN 

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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

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:

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

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

 This course is appropriate for clinicians with a basic or intermediate knowledge of working with individuals with late-life depression. It is intended to help human service professionals identify the most common symptoms of a depressive disorder and familiarize them with the major types of effective clinical and psychosocial treatments available for older adults. Employing the interactive exercises and case vignettes in this course will teach you the skills you need to recognize depressive disorders among the older adults with whom you work, and provide them with the best information, support, and resources for treatment. DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.

List the symptoms of major depressive disorder among older adults.

Identify the most effective types of clinical treatment currently available to older adults with a depressive disorder.

Recognize where to refer at-risk older adults for evaluation and treatment for a depressive disorder.

Instructor
Lisa Furst, LMSW

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, M.A.

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The outlook for people with schizophrenia has improved over the last 25 years. Although there is no cure yet, it is important to remember that many people can manage the illness to lead independent, satisfying lives. The main goal of this course is to provide you with the information and current research you need to better understand how to collaborate in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Identify differences between typical and atypical antipsychotic medications

List common side effects of antipsychotic medications

Recognize antipsychotic medication-related side effects that should be immediately reported and/or addressed

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
John Cahill, MD, PhD

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

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

1.75

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: Expiration:

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective, yet underused, approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. Misconceptions about what MAT is, how it is used, and whether it is helpful, are common. Your clients with opioid use disorder may share these misconceptions, creating a barrier to treatment. By taking this course, you will have information that you can share with your clients and their family members about what MAT is, how it helps, its major components, and the medications used in MAT. Note: If you are a prescriber, this course does not meet the federal requirements to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. You will need to pursue additional training to meet those requirements. The goal of this educational program is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, nursing, professional counseling, social work, and psychology professionals in health and human services settings with an overview of what MAT is, how it helps individuals with opioid use disorder, and the medications used in MAT programs.

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

Discuss the primary components of medication-assisted treatment programs and their efficacy for treating opioid use disorder.

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

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Instructor
Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA

1.50

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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.

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

State the common symptoms of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

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

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

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

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

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

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

Discuss the common medications used to treat alcohol use disorder.

Instructor
Dr. Alina Vrinceaunu-Hamm, MD

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

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

Describe communication processes that relate to reducing medical errors

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

Review recommendations for the safe transfer of patient care information

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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This course provides hospice and palliative care providers with detailed information about the pathophysiology, disease trajectory, and unique symptoms experienced by patients with advanced neurological diseases. Learners will identify the clinical features of advanced Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington disease as well as best practices for symptom management. In addition, hospice and palliative caregivers will learn the key clinical indicators and symptoms that should serve as triggers to optimally transition a patient with advanced neurological diseases to palliative and hospice care. The unique disease-related stressors for family caregivers are discussed and resources and suggestions are given for utilizing support from non-profit, disease-specific organizations.

Outline assessment for neurological symptom management.

Identify specific patterns of progression for neurological disorders.

Identify complications commonly related to neurological disorders.

Describe common treatment and symptom management options related to neurological disorders.

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Samuel Frank, 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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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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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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When treating patients for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), medical professionals seek to stabilize the immune system so opportunistic infections (OIs) are less likely to occur. The chief method used is highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART, previously referred to as HAART), an approach that has significantly improved the mortality rates of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This module explains the management of HIV-induced lipodystrophy and the criteria for initiating ART. You will learn the prophylactic management of opportunistic infections, along with different classes of antiretroviral drugs used for HIV treatment. 

List the different classes of antiretroviral drugs used for the treatment of HIV

Explain the criteria for initiating ART in patients with HIV

Discuss the management of HIV-induced lipodystrophy in patients with HIV

Recognize prophylactic management of opportunistic infections

Instructor
Madeline King, PharmD
Esther Kim, PharmD
Keith Veltri, PharmD
Trisha Bogucki, PharmD

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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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ANCC Accreditation

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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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Non-accredited Education

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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

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ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Jack M. Gorman, MD

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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

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

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

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

Discuss the background and implications of big data in healthcare.

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

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

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

Instructor
Danyell Jones

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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).

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Paula Ackerman, MS, RD, CDE

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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 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

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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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

 

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course was created to give you the tools you need to accurately identify individuals with BPD and provide you information about the treatment options available. You will learn about how BPD develops, the theoretical perspectives and conflicting theories of BPD, the goals of treatment, and the challenges you might experience when working with this population. Finally, you will learn some of the most common issues that individuals with BPD experience while in treatment.

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

Explain at least three theories of BPD

Describe four best evidence-based approaches to treating clients with BPD

Identify up to five possible challenges to the treatment of BPD

List at least three ways to manage treatment challenges.

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

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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 in those you serve and implement the most appropriate form of treatment.

Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders.

List three common psychopharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders.

Explain three of the psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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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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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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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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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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

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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.

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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. 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

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

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

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

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

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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.

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

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

Launch Course

Non-accredited Education

Non-accredited Education

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

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

1.25

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

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

Explain the criteria for using insulin to manage diabetes during pregnancy

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

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

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

Describe at least one way in which thyroid disease complicates pregnancy

Explain how autoimmune disorders complicate pregnancy

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

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Steve Jenkins, PhD
David Patzer, MD
 

1.25

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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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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.

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Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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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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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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Certain external conditions, often beyond an individual’s direct control, are referred to as the social determinants of health, and they have the potential of affecting the health of your patients. These conditions, contributing to individuals’ health inequity and inequalities at all levels, encompass where a patient lives and works; socioeconomic policies, systems, and norms; and more. This course discusses how the five pillars of the social determinants of health impact the daily delivery, accessibility, and engagement of health-improvement efforts. It also presents strategies for assessing the social determinants of health that may be affecting your patient population, how to increase awareness and interest in these determinants, and ways to engage patients, stakeholders, and other providers in addressing social determinants of health.

List the five pillars of social determinants of health.

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

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

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

Expert Reviewer
Kris Ericson, BA, MPsSc, PhD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Learn treatment methods for opiate-use disorders, including innovative detoxification and maintenance agents such as buprenorphine and depot naltrexone. Also included are the key roles of behavioral therapies, self-help programs, physical exercise, supported employment, and other non-pharmacologic interventions to help prevent opiate-overdose deaths.

Identify and diagnose opiate use disorder by recognizing its high prevalence and incidence in the current epidemic.

Recognize the new use of opiate antagonists, such as naloxone, by non-medical persons to prevent opiate-overdose deaths.

Describe treatment methods for opiate-use disorders, including innovative detoxification and maintenance agents such as buprenorphine and depot naltrexone.

Recognize the key roles of behavioral therapies, self-help programs, physical exercise, supported employment, and other non-pharmacologic interventions for primary and secondary prevention.

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Thomas Kosten, MD

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

Identify the characteristics of atrial rhythms.

Distinguish the identifying features of atrial arrhythmias.

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

Expert Reviewer
David Hoeft, MD

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Perinatal opioid use is a serious public health challenge in the United States, which, if untreated, is associated with morbidity and mortality for both mothers and their infants. Maternity care providers are uniquely positioned to assist by facilitating access to treatment and comprehensive care. In this course, you’ll learn about optimal screening approaches for prenatal substance use, treatment programs available for pregnant women who struggle with opioid use disorders, and recommended resources that promote the safety of mother and baby.

Describe treatment options for pregnant women who struggle with opioid use disorders

List screening approaches for opioid use disorders

Identify resources needed to promote safety of mother and baby

Assess how the healthcare team can work together to improve communication around substance use issues

Instructor
Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, APRN, CNM           

Tricia Wright, MD, MS, FACOG, FASAM

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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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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

Describe the communication process at the end of life.

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

Identify the physical process of dying.

Discuss loss, grief, and bereavement.

Describe the goals of palliative care.

Describe pain and symptoms common at end of life.

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Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN

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ANCC Accreditation

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

List the eight components necessary for endoscopic surgical procedures

Describe the endoscopic functions of robotic-assisted technology

Discuss how healthcare professionals interact with robotic-assisted technology

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

Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse is costly to the U.S., resulting in more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], 2018). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general US population. 

Discuss evidence-based treatment options available for common substance use disorders.

Compare and contrast different styles of evidence-based treatments.

Determine and state which evidence-based therapy may be most useful for your individual client's needs. 

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

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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.

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Jessica Cairns, RN, RAC-CT, CMAC

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Behavioral health disorders frequently exist alongside chronic physical health disorders or comorbidities. Patients with chronic health disorders are costly to treat and sometimes over-utilize the healthcare system. This course discusses the importance of treating behavioral health disorders so that through best practices and supporting self-management, these patients can see an improvement in their health outcomes and wellbeing. Providers will also see improved patient satisfaction scores as they focus on regularly following up with their patients and doing what they can to keep them healthy.

Recognize how to educate patients on self-management for their physical and behavioral conditions.

Identify how physical and behavioral conditions can impact each other.

Define the importance of appropriate annual screening and regular follow-ups for behavioral health issues.

Cite how to create an action plan.

Define nutritional counseling for maximizing health.

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

Instructor
Christopher Reist, MD, MBA

Staff Writer
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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Neurological dysphagia, most often caused by acute stroke, can lead to malnutrition, social restrictions, anxiety, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, acute/chronic illnesses, or even death. This course for clinicians explains how to identify those at risk for dysphagia, and it discusses treatment strategies to improve overall outcomes for stroke patients. You will learn practical information about current swallowing screens, who should receive them, who should carry them out, and how to implement them at your facility.

Describe the incidence and outcomes of dysphagia and aspiration in those with acute strokes.

Identify the role of the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in supporting, developing, and managing a dysphagia screening program for acute strokes.

Identify dysphagia screening methods and/or tools nurses can use.

Describe the role of nurses in identifying those at risk for dysphagia.

Name diagnostic procedures and treatments for those with dysphagia.

Instructor
Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC – SLP

Staff Writer
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This introductory course for behavioral health professionals provides an overview of evidence-based practices of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR). Included is a discussion of the core values of IMR and the approach's teaching principles, to better help your clients with severe mental illness manage and recover from their illnesses. Through the use of interactive exercises and detailed vignettes, you will gain the information and techniques you need to make IMR an effective part of your therapeutic toolbox.

Explain the core values, principles, and goals of IMR.

Describe how to use the key evidence-based components of IMR to support recovery with individuals with behavioral health disorders.

Identify adaptations of the IMR model, and how their core values, principles, and goals differ from IMR. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all adults in this country have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults have two or more chronic health conditions. This course provides an in-depth and interactive analysis of comorbid conditions and how they affect the health and wellbeing of patients. Included is information about cost effectiveness, social determinants, nutrition needs, and action plans related to patients who have comorbidities.

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

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

Write a comorbidity action plan with your patients.

Identify how to provide nutritional counseling for patients with comorbidities.

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

Expert Reviewer
Dr. Janet Albers, MD

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

Staff Writer
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN

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ANCC Accreditation

ANCC Accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN

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Opioid dependence continues to be a growing problem in the United States. Even when patients discontinue opioid use, they often require treatment to prevent relapse. In this module you will learn key differences between three drugs—including Buprenorphine—that the FDA has approved for treating opioid dependence. Also presented is a discussion of the safety and efficacy of each formulation, along with regulations that control prescribing and dispensing them.

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

Explain the regulations that control prescribing and dispensing of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence

Summarize how buprenorphine is dosed and administered for the treatment of opioid dependence

Instructor

Kawshik Chowdhury, RPh, PhD

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